Friday, August 26, 2016

Tropical Fruit!

So, one of the most fun aspects to living in a place you haven't lived for long is trying the food!  Over the last months I have tried some new things, and learned to make some new dishes-  mostly Honduran, but also some dishes that are easy to make here even if they aren't specifically Honduran.

With my mom here, we decided to try out some of the fun looking fruits we found in a local supermarket.  Here they are:

When you buy fruits and vegetables here, it's best to soak them before using.  I just put a little bleach in a sink full of water and let it all soak for about 20-30 minutes.  Afterward, I put everything in new bags..if I put them back in the bags I had them in it would undo the whole process.  What do you see here?  There are: Scallions, tomatoes, carrots, eggplants, pataste, sweet potatoes, green pepper, bananas, guava, and plantains.

Here we have a passion fruit and a guava.

 Passion fruit is pretty interesting looking inside! You can scoop the insides out and eat them with a spoon, seeds and all.  Too bad this one turned out to be sour.

 The guava we tried was probably our winner for favorite fruit.  I had a nice flavor, was sweet, and when I looked up the nutrition information it is actually very, very healthy!

This is a breadfruit.  It's huge and funny looking.

So, I think we waited a bit too long to eat this one, but we went ahead and ate it anyway.  The flesh is spongy (like bread), but the flavor is similar to potato.

We ended up making it as breadfruit fries because it sounded like the easiest recipe, but there are multiple recipes for how to cook breadfruit (which, as far as I can tell, is never eaten raw)

The wrinkly fruit is also a passion fruit, and the funny looking yellow and brown fruit is star fruit.

This passion fruit was sour as well.  Do you see where the star fruit gets its name?

Looks so pretty on a plate!