Embarking on a Tropical Culinary Adventure
On a recent escapade, I had the privilege of diving deep into the world of tropical fruits, courtesy of an enlightening webinar by Melissa’s/World Variety Produce. The experience was akin to ziplining through a lush forest, each fruit unveiling a new layer of taste and texture.
The Majestic Tropical Avocado
Our journey begins with the Tropical Avocado. Distinctly larger than its counterparts, its smooth, green texture is a sight to behold. Remarkably, its resistance to oxidation means it retains its freshness, even after being cut and stored for a day.
Sapurana Mango: A Symphony of Flavors
Next, we encounter the Sapurana Mango, often referred to as the ‘Perfect’ Mango. Hailing from India, this fruit boasts a creamy texture and a flavor profile reminiscent of honey with lemon undertones. Whether savored raw, blended into smoothies, or incorporated into tropical salsas, the Sapurana Mango never ceases to amaze. In certain cultures, it’s even transformed into pickles and chutneys. Intriguing, isn’t it?
Discovering the Sweet Young Coconut
Our tropical escapade wouldn’t be complete without the Sweet Young Coconut. Unlike the familiar brown variant, this coconut is encased in a white, thin skin, making it easier to access the refreshing drink within. The delicate meat, though delightful, requires refrigeration and should be consumed within a fortnight.
Tai Nung Papaya: A Sweet Sensation
As we progress, the Tai Nung Papaya graces our path. This hybrid fruit, weighing between 2 to 4 lbs, tantalizes the palate with its sweet melon taste, a result of its high sugar content. Available throughout the year, it’s a consistent source of tropical delight.
The Versatile Jackfruit
Our final stop introduces us to the Jackfruit, a behemoth that can weigh up to 33 lbs. Native to the rainforests of Malaysia and the Western Ghats of southern India, this fruit is a culinary chameleon. From sweet delicacies to savory dishes, its versatility knows no bounds. Imagine using it as a meat substitute in tacos or sandwiches! The possibilities are endless.
Embarking on this tropical journey has been enlightening. The diverse flavors and textures of these fruits not only tantalize the taste buds but also offer numerous health benefits. Why not introduce them into your diet and experience the magic firsthand?
Delightful Recipes to Try
For those eager to experiment, here are two exquisite recipes, courtesy of Melissa’s:
Coconut, Lemon Grass, and Pineapple Drink
- 1 cup Coconut Water
- 1/4 cup Sweet Young Coconuts meat, chopped
- 2 tablespoons Lemon Grass, chopped
- 2 cups Pineapple, chopped
- Combine all ingredients in a high-speed blender.
- Process until smooth.
- Serve and enjoy.
Jackfruit “Faux Pulled Pork” Sandwiches
- 1 tablespoon Extra Virgin Olive Oil
- 1 tablespoon Unsalted Butter
- 1 Melissa’s Perfect Sweet Onion, thinly sliced
- Kosher Salt and Freshly Ground Pepper, to taste
- 1 1/2 pounds Jackfruit, use the fibrous part around the pods
- 4 cups BBQ Sauce
- 4 French Rolls, split in half horizontally
- Cole Slaw
- Heat oil and melt butter in a saucepan.
- Add onion, salt, and pepper; sauté until translucent.
- Add jackfruit and BBQ sauce; simmer for 30 minutes.
- Assemble sandwiches with jackfruit and slaw.