I love tropical fruits.
When we moved here, I did not realize how many new and different fruits are here to get to know and to grow to love. This is not my first fruit post, but that is because I keep trying new fruits, so there is always more to add.
As the seasons change, the selections change.
This is not the case in the US where we have made the leap toward a pretty uniform selection year round. This is an unnatural way to grow food and an unnatural way to eat. It places a huge transportation element on many foods and concentrates the production of foods geographically which is also not beneficial to our health or the planet (but is AWESOME for those who have a different definition of efficiency and a strong desire for high profits for their shareholders, as opposed to decent profits for a broad network of farmers)
I sometimes either forget, and other times do not fully understand the answer, when I ask ladies at the market what certain fruits are. This one I forgot the local name, but looked it up online and found a picture which referred to it as a Star Apple. This mild fruit looks a little like a plum in this picture, but it is clearly nothing closely related if you try it. I highly recommend these purple lovelies. The flavor is mild, and a little bit like grape licorice. NOT grape jolly ranchers. Grape licorice.
I tried Jocotes off season and was not impressed. This week they are my favorite. I cannot get enough. The orange flesh has a slightly tart flavor that I find a little hard to describe. At their size it is easy to sit and eat a whole bowl without thinking. That is, if you went to the right market and argues just a little bit on the price. (some market ladies have us pegged)
Before these are opened, the seeds rattle around inside freely. The aroma and taste are unique. I describe them as similar to roses, with some citric and almost pine-like qualities. My first impression was that they would complement the Hops used in brewing nicely because they are in the same flavor spectrum, but with some really cool floral and fruity aromas and flavors. I plan to experiment with brewing these into a beer for that reason. These floral and clean little fruits have a delicate flavor that you may or may not like, but that is VERY worth a thoughtful taste! I LOVE them!
Anyone out there who can clarify the names of these fabulous fruits for me please do! I am only willing to shout ,”Como?” three times in a crowded market before moving on. For those who haven’t tried these yet, get a move on. You are missing out!