Posts Tagged ‘what to do with tropical fruit’

Homemade Papaya Jam Over Fluffy Pancakes

January 10, 2013

ImagePapaya is available nearly year round here in Puerto Rico.  Unlike Hawaiian varieties, Caribbean papaya tend to be large…2 pounds or more is not uncommon. It’s a versatile fruit that can be used in all its stages of ripeness.

Drizzle lime juice over slices of fresh ripe papaya for a cool and refreshing breakfast…so good and loaded with vitamins and minerals.  Over fluffy pancakes papaya jam is to die for.  Green papaya makes a terrific chutney as piquant as you dare and even a pickled salad Filipino style.  A popular dish in the Polynesian South Pacific is lo’i lesi.  Its a papaya filled with coconut milk, a little cinnamon and raw sugar. Then it is wrapped in banana leaves and baked in an umu (underground oven). What a treat! Like pudding.  Polynesians also use shredded green papaya to tenderize lamb, beef, giant clams, octopus and conch.

This jam is even better with a few of the seeds thrown in.  The seeds become tender and have a slight peppery flavor when cooked.  They add a little more character to the jam, at least in appearance.

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Star Fruit Chutney

September 4, 2012

Roasted Chicken and Star Fruit Chutney

Star fruit or Carambola is another tropical fruit with a delicate flavor reminiscent of citrus and watermelon. Its sweet when ripe and makes a nice chutney.  This chutney has just enough jalapeño chili to offset the sweet and sour of the sauce and there’s texture from the onions, bell peppers and fruit.  This condiment really makes chicken and fish pop.  It certainly gave my roasted chicken and fried breadfruit chips a zing.Carambola are in season now here in the Caribbean so you probably can find them in major supermarkets.  They should be yellow with light brown spots on the ribs of the star.  If they’re green without any blemishes just set them in a bowl on the counter for a few days to ripen.  Again, if you’ve been following my blogs, fruit will not ripen sweetly if it was picked too green so its kind of a gamble buying green fruit from a market.  The best fresh produce markets offer a slice of their fruits in season so customers have the opportunity to taste the quality before they buy.

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