Butong Pakwan wholesale shoes

Market Manila

30 Sep 2014

I don’t know about you guys, but as a kid, these were one of my FAVORITE SNACKS. Salty, "Pain in the ass to crack open and keep the squash seed whole" and slightly funky smelling dried watermelon seeds were a cheap snack that kept you busy for hours on end. If you mastered the art of cracking the seeds just right (easier with sharp young teeth), you could do this blindly or while watching your favorite television program. My mom used to disapprove of them, saying things like the funky smell was because folks rubbed them in their armpits or something (same for kiamoy, how outrageous is that?) But I always bought them after school anyway if I had a peso or two in my pocket. They would sell them in little paper bags ...

Turns out the “funky smell” is a bit of star anise that is thrown in with the nuts along with the salt and they are stored and take on that slightly anise like aroma and flavor. This bunch was made in Pampanga and I spotted them at the FTI market last Saturday and bought a few bags for old times sake. They are as good as I remember them, but honestly, cracking them open IS A PAIN IN THE NECK. Particularly since I bought a whole load of peeled pumpkin seeds or pepitas in South Africa recently and if you toast them with some fine sea salt they taste fresh and wonderful ...

But just to make sure I hadn’t lost the knack, I set out to peel several watermelon seeds and getting the inside whole. So my question is, if you liked this stuff as a kid, you were probably one of two distinct personalities ... the first, one who cracks each seed and eats the contents immediately (or if impatient, stick the whole thing in your mouth for all the salt, then crack it open) OR did you crack lots of seeds open and save the meats until you had a goal, like 30 or 50 seeds before you ate them? I did the latter, and I am trying to correlate that with one's ability to save money. If you could hold off gratification, would it make you more able to put away for a rainy day ?! What do you think? :)