GRANADILLA: It is the one in the center of this photo, and it is open. It is a lovely fruit, with a hard shell on the outside, but also easy to open just with your hand, and inside you find lots of seed covered in a very juice and sweet flesh. It is in the family of the Maracuyá, but the granadilla, is not acid, and I have never done a juice with it, i JUST eat it direct from the fruit. mmmm....delicious!!!!
As you can see, it has a lovely green-orange color, and they grow on a creeper. Here you can see the price of them in the market: 6 units for 500 colones (our currency) and that is about $1,oo We have them in the market nearly all the year around.
CAIMITO: it is the purple fruit on the right side. This is another very unusual fruit. In my trips, I allways used to go and visit the markets, and I have never seen this fruit in another country. It is "very purple" color, it shines and is is smallish in size. You open it with the hand also, and inside it has a heavy flesh, with 3 to 4 seeds in the center. It is sweet, and it leaves like a milky liquid that when you eat it, is a bit sticky. Is different, very different!!
PEJIVALLE: another different, unusuall fruit. I grows on a palm tree, and those bunches that this man is pointing at, are the full fruit......Have you seen dates on the palm tree??? well this fruit grows just like the dates, but.....is very different. It is bright orange-green on the outside, and very hard, and has a seed inside. You do not eat it raw, you have to cook it for many hours, and they say, that you have to cook it with some pig´s troters, of pig´s skin and salt, to give flavour..... Once is cooked, you peel it, and you find a heavy, orange flesh inside....with a very unusual - particular - delicious flavor. Not sweet, not.....and either you eat it like that with a bit of mayoneise, or..........you add it to rice, to salds, you can make the most delicious pejivalle cream soup, you can make breads, souflés, etc, etc, etc. In the area where they grow, once a year they do a "Pejivalle fair" and you even find licors made with these fruits.
Comes the time for my recipy. When I arrive to my home and put all the fruits on the right place, I wash very well the pinaple, and peel it all, and put the skin in a large pot.....do the same with the ripe papaya or paw-paw, and also with the mangos. I put all the well washed skins in a large pot with whater, cinamon sticks and about 1/ cup of white rice. I put that to boil for about 1 hour.......
I really hope that liked our journey through the fruits of the rainforest, do, there are many more, but, I wanted to share with you,these 3 fruits that are a bit unusual in other countries. And my recipy....well, I just love it!!! and it is a way to use the pinaple skin, that I am sure for most of you, it is only to go to the rabish.
Now, I have to think of our next atutorial.....any sugestions??? Have a wonderfull week and just enjoy every moment of your life. May God bless you!!!