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All About Fruits

24 Mar

I love tropical fruits: pineapple, mango, jack fruit and even the stinky durian πŸ˜€

hellooo stinky durian...yumm!! πŸ˜€


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Also there are some fruits that are only exist in Southeast Asia, such as
mangosteen

Sweet and bit tart - very fresh taste. Be careful with the stain - it won't wash off!


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salak” (dunno the English name –snake fruit?),

The skin has very rough texture, like scales but very thin. The flesh is very crunchy with a bit of tart. Eating too much will cause stomach discomfort plus constipation (at least to me)


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marquisa (passion fruit)

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jambu air (wax apples, water apple(?), rose apple(?))

the closest taste I could come up is a combination of apple and strawberry (imagine a strawberry with apple crunchiness..haha) Can be eaten as salad, dipped into spicy chili sauce as seen in the picture


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duku (pron: dookoo)

Similar to longan's flesh but softer and very sweet if really ripe


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rambutan

Similar taste to lychee

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Aaah I miss all those exotic tropical fruits! Ever since I came to the US more than a decade ago, I have NOT gone BACK to my home country – (pretty bad huh?). However, part of me is kinda “scared” of going back, mainly “scared” of the culture shock. Ok enough rambling, sorry about that.

So since today’s topic is on tropical fruits, I’d like to share my way of cutting a pineapple. I was a bit hesitant to post this because c’mon, everyone knows how to cut a pineapple, right? Or better yet, buy pre cut or canned and skip the hassle of wrestling with the pineapple.

I personally like fresh cut pineapple than the store bought pre-cut, let alone canned one. Fresh pineapple has that juicy, tangy and fresh taste. Unfortunately, fresh cut pineapple doesn’t store well in a long period time.Kinda a bummer that I have to control my pineapple intake because eating too much pineapple irritates my stomach and my tongue.

Ok let’s get down to the business, shall we?
When picking a pineapple, look for the ones that’s still kind of green with a bit of orange/yellow color at the lower part. One trick my mom told me is to look at the “eyes” – the bigger they are, the better πŸ™‚

big eyes πŸ˜€

Also check there’s no bruise/soft spots as a result from being dropped/smashed. Nice and firm with some fragrant is the best.

Cut the top part first – don’t cut way too deep or you’ll waste a lot of it.
Begin to cut the sides – going around until you cut out all the skins.

Now here’s the fun part. Most people just keep cutting the sides they got all the “eyes”. But that wastes a lot of the pineapple flesh and I’m a person who hates wasting food.
My mom taught me how to cut out pineapple eyes without sacrificing too much of its flesh πŸ™‚ See the pic below

First find the perfect diagonal alignment between the upper and lower part of the eye then cut into it – don’t cut it too deep. Do the same thing on the opposite side. You’ll end up cutting out 2 eyes in wedges πŸ™‚

Keep doing it until all the eyes are removed – and you got this nicely shaped pineapple πŸ˜€
Notice I didn’t bother to clean the top and the bottom just yet. It’s only small bits and I try to save as much of the flesh as possible.

So divide the pineapple lengthwise as shown then cut off the top and bottom part.

There you go, Now just slice it lengthwise – remove the core (when I was a kid I love eating the cores..so crunchy!)

Cut into bite size and store them in tupperwares.

Freshly cut pineapple are ready to be eaten anytime!

Goes well with my last stash of strawberries for today’s afternoon snacks. YUM!

I’m sorry if my instructions are a bit confusing and grammatically incorrect. I admit I am not the best writer, let alone writing in English which is my second language.

Have you tried any of the exotic tropical fruits that I mentioned above?

Aah finally tomorrow’s Friday and weekend is getting closer! Yay!

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12 responses to “All About Fruits

  1. Kath (My Funny Little Life)

    March 25, 2011 at 7:17 pm

    Wow, I think I’ve never had any of the fruits your pictures! 😯 (I know passionfruit from fruit juice though – phew! ;))

    Overall, I’m not into tropical fruits. I find them too sweet in general, and I love a simply and fresh apple – rather sour, juicy, and cooled above all. I really like karambole though. And uglis. I think they may count as tropical, or at least outlandish (here in Germany). πŸ˜‰

     
  2. Daphne

    March 25, 2011 at 9:32 am

    Oh crap… I realized I used the wrong Malay word. I meant “mati”. I guess that should teach me a lesson on not making an attempt on Malay late at night!

     
  3. Emily

    March 25, 2011 at 7:19 am

    Brilliant cutting technique! I’m buying a pineapple to try this today πŸ˜€

     
    • Jos

      March 25, 2011 at 9:01 am

      Thank you!

       
  4. leashieloo

    March 25, 2011 at 6:10 am

    I’ve never tried any of those exotic fruits, but I would love to. Fruit is my favorite, I love them all.

     
  5. LeQuan

    March 24, 2011 at 10:10 pm

    DURIAN! I LOVE DURIAN! I thinks it’s one of those you either really love or really hate type of thing. I’ve tried all the other fruits except the Salak. I’ve never even seen or heard of those before. Asian fruits are the best, aren’t they? So so expensive here in Canada though. Thanks for sharing that tutorial.

     
    • Jos

      March 25, 2011 at 9:02 am

      Haha, I know huh? For ppl who like durian, it smells heavenly, but for those who don’t it smells like rotten cheese. Salak is native Indonesian food…gosh I really miss those! I’ve seen mangosteen and duku in frozen section in Filipino market and I agree it won’t taste the same as the fresh ones!

       
  6. Daphne

    March 24, 2011 at 9:29 pm

    Oy! I miss those fruits too! Sometimes I think I might just talak if I don’t get a fix. I’ve seen rambutans and mangosteens in the Asian stores here but they’re never going to be as good as the ones back home. Especially papayas… :T

    Also good to know that I’m not absolutely crazy for thinking tropical fruits are awesome. ;D

     
    • Jos

      March 25, 2011 at 9:03 am

      I guess for us who grew up in tropical country, who can say no to tropical fruits??? Nothing beats fresh rambutans and mangosteen..those canned/frozen ones won’t do it!

       

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