Feb 12, 2012

mel vs ambarella

really, this vietnamese saturday market turns out to be a treasure trove of fruity gemstones. look what i found there...

well, as i am almost positive these aren't olives... my best guess is that they are ambarellas (the dutch wikipedia has more pics than other languages. go holland!)
since they're not ripe yet i'm just gonna have to wait it out.

have a happy sunday everybody!

Feb 10, 2012

milk apple musings

dear friends and readers, again... sorry for not blogging more often.
anyway, listen up, 'cause i got newwwwws for ya ;)

i discovered this "secret" vietnamese "farmer's market"-thing in the middle of duesseldorf!
apparently it's a big import/export company. once a week (on saturdays) they are open to the general public, so people like you and me can shop there.

so what did i find there?

* fresh young coconuts for a f***ing bargain price (1,79€ a piece! sold currently at asian markets throughout the city for 2,49€)

* a really rare treat: my beloved STARAPPLE... one of my favorite fruits that i discovered in honolulu

geeeez.... how could i not have known about this market sooner?!

the starapple (crysophyllum cainito) is also called milk apple bc the fruit leaks a sweet milky fluid.

the edible part of the fruit has two "components": a moist inside surrounded by a tougher outer part. while the inside is like a rambutan or lychee, the outer flesh (the part leaking the "milk") is like an unripe banana.
overall it tastes like a thai sweet rice pudding. truly unique.

i've been trying to get my hands on some starapple seeds for a while now, without luck though. well, now i have a handful of them at my disposal!

could that be a crack in the seed... possibly a beginning of a sprout?

on a different note...
i believe 2012 will bring along many changes. i can feel it in my bones. just like the first weak sprouts fighting their way against all odds, new chances will occur. possibilities galore. there is love and joy for all of us out there.

have a grrrreat weekend :)