Pomelo: The largest citrus fruit

When I look back in time and think of what types of citruses have been used in cocktails, I realized that you can probably count them all on one hand…lime, lemon, orange and grapefruit. But then you look at all the different cuisines all around the world, each calling for different types of citrus…that got…

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Jamun: As Flavourful as Plums

I remember that as a little boy, my parents harvested plums in our garden every year and all my brothers loved them, be it fresh, pickled, in desserts and later as a traditional plum eau de vie called Slivovitz.  So imagine my surprise when I met a small grape (here in Singapore) with a flavor…

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The Mango Walk

During one of my recent sweet cravings, my wife and I decided to learn more about asian desserts. One of my favorite asian dessert is sticky rice pudding with fresh mango….. Hm … yummy.. While we were reading and searching, we realised how there are many different types of mangoes as well as many other…

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Yuzu: From your bath to your kitchen

Recently, I overheard a conversation between my friend and his child. …“Dad, what is yuzu? I only know lemon.” …There was a few seconds of silence, followed up with great response… “Come over and let’s find out together.”… This simple question led me to find out more about this delicate citrus fruit which you usually find…

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Salak, the fruit with snake skin

During my last trip to Bali, I found many new and interesting ingredients to talk about. The one I would like to introduce to everyone today is called “Salak”, commonly known as Snake fruit. What’s even more fascinating is that you can buy it at the Denpasar airport and bring it home with you. The…

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The Kumquat: A symbol of good luck

During a Sunday afternoon walk through a food market I came across a tiny orange that looked like a citrus fruit, the size and shape just slightly bigger than an olive – known as Kinkan or Kumquat. This fruit is native to south-eastern parts of the mountains in China and has four varieties – Nagami…

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Durian

When I first walked through Asian fruit markets, I noticed there was a strong odour. It’s something I’ve learnt you either love or hate. The odour (in my opinion) is a combination of smelly socks and rotten meat and is known as the Durian, or the “King of fruits” as regarded by many people in…

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Custard Apple

During my last market visit, I noticed a green fruit in the shape of a ball with hard skin protruding in small segments, which reminded me of an army grenade. When we purchased the fruit, my wife and I were amazed by it’s juicy sweet flesh and vanilla undertones. We had to find out more… Custard apple is…

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Jackfruit – The Miracle Fruit

Lately, there has been news going around the world about the miracle fruit, which I was aware of, from local Singapore food markets, but never paid attention to it. The fruit is called jackfruit. Jackfruit is the largest tree-borne fruit in the world. The exterior of this compound fruit is either green or yellow when ripe. The…

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