Friday, September 21, 2012

Hawaii: Exotic Fruit Tasting

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While on Oahu, I enjoyed all of the food at the Hawai'i Food and Wine Festival and the dishes with Shinsato Farms Pork, Kuahiwi Ranch Beef, and a plethora of local produce and seafood.  So when local foodie and friend Melissa Chang invited me to a tropical fruit tasting, I wasn't sure what to expect.

@Melissa808 sizes up a mango from Makaha Mangoes 

When we arrived at the University of Hawaii, I learned that this was part of the Hawaii Tropical Fruit Growers conference and we were to meet people who really knew their stuff.  Having spent many summers in Hawaii, I grew up with papayas, lychee, guava, lilikoi, and pineapples.  I have to admit, some of the fruits on the table were a complete mystery.  
#fruitfail

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 What an assortment of exotic fruits!

It was great to taste many of these tropical fruits
and some of these I had never had before.

The exotic Dragon Fruit

One of my favorites, but I wanted a scoop of ice cream with it...


Rambutans

Have only seen these in pictures and haven't seen ones this nice in person...

Chef Instructor Greg Sato
demystifies the mangosteen and cuts one open for us.

A beautiful mangosteen and very tasty

DYK the bottom of the fruit indicates how many
sections are inside?

 Pig in an Ulu Blanket

All beef hot dog wrapped in a breadfruit dough,
baked and served with a Sour Sop and Chico "ketchup"

I'm going to have to remember to make a breadfruit dough...

Breadfruit (Ulu) is amazing...
Ran into Ian Cole of the Breadfruit Institute

More about Breadfruit

 Steamed Monkfish
served with an exotic citrus salad and micro greens

I love fish with citrus...

Dessert Time!

Green tea mochi rice filled orange jack fruit
and
Mango mochi rice filled yellow jack fruit

Photo by @csuiso
 (Left to Right)  @Chef_Jay, @Melissa808, @NctrnBst, @ShareYourTable
with our favorite fruit of the moment

I was fortunate to have grandparents who had a papaya and lychee trees in the backyard and an uncle with a mango tree.  So I grew up tasting these tree-ripened fruit, must be the volcanic soil that makes them so good.  But I'm not the expert, I don't have a green thumb, only a sharp knife.

When you visit a tropical island, you have to try the fruits grown there and Hawai'i has some great fruits to try.  Checkout my North Shore of O'ahu post...


Here's what Ed Morita
posted for Nonstop Honolulu



Mahalo!



NOTE:  I was a guest in Honolulu of the Hawai'i Visitors and Convention Bureau
O'ahu Visitors Bureau and their partners.
I thank them for the invitation and hospitality.
All comments and opinions are strictly my own.




Photos by Jay Terauchi
unless otherwise noted
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