After 35 days overseas I am glad to be home and even happier to be blogging again.
It was a whirlwind holiday with the longest stay in one place being 4 nights. I guess that’s what happens when Jonas hasn’t been home for five years and we have to catch up with everyone.
We’re pretty tired but over the next few weeks I certainly plan to share some photos of the food and scenery we experienced.
For my first Weekend Herb Blogging in five weeks I’m focusing on the delicious chom phu, a fruit I tried in Thailand.
The fruit tasted pleasant, and yet quite strange. It had a very thin, waxy skin and the flavour was fresh, a cross between apple, pear and something almost spicy. I found a description that summed it all up perfectly: “The flesh is crisp and watery, and tastes like a cross between nashi and bell pepper, with a very mild rose scent and a slightly bitter aftertaste.”
They aren't really related to apples at all, but I guess the crisp texture is so similar people can't help but compare.
The centre contains fluffy fibres, like an artichoke, which are inedible and best avoided.
Most sources claim the fruit is native to South East Asia, but became so common in Ancient India that the Sanskrit name for the Indian territories was Jambudvipa, meaning "rose apple land". Rose apples thrive in many environments and are serious ecological threats on the Hawaiian islands, Réunion and the Galápagos Islands as well as parts of Australia and Central America.
Rose apple fruits work very well in jams and jellies, can be turned into syrup to flavour drinks, stewed with cinnamon as a dessert or even stuffed with meat and baked in tomato sauce for a main course. The fruits, however, are very easily bruised and highly perishable so they are usually picked locally to ensure they are sold crisp.
Our host for WHB this week is Serbian blogger Marija from Palachinka, so be sure to visit her round-up.
In the meantime I hope I've whet your appetites to return over the next few weeks and check out all the food we tried on the trip.
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