Asam Kranji

During my stay in Bali, I was introduced to several interesting ingredients which I never heard of due to their subtropical origins and Asam Kranji is one of them. So what is Asam Kranji? Asam Kranji is a tropical fruit tree, which produces grape-sized edible fruits with brown hard inedible shells. An interesting fact is that it is…

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Coconut

One of my favorite guilty pleasures is Bounty chocolate bar and it is purelly for the coconut. Only after my short relocation to South East Asia I got to explore more about coconut and the tropical tree itself. The term coconut can refer to many things: the entire coconut palm, the seed, or the fruit,…

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Cocoa aka Cacao

I do not know about you, but I love dark chocolate. On recent trip to Bali with my family, we visited a chocolate farm and learned how chocolate is made. The kids loved the activity and as a bonus they got to take home their own made chocolate bar. So what is Cacao? Cacao, cocoa,…

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Cascara aka Coffee Cherry Skin

While working on a project in Hong Kong, I visited several coffee and tea shops where I came across tea made out of coffee fruit skin. This tea is called “cascara” and has pleasant floral, yet dry and leathery undertones. Let’s find out more. Cascara is commonly taken in coffee producing countries such as Bolivia, Yemen and…

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Nutmeg & Mace

Once upon a time, nutmeg was one of the most valuable spices. It has been said that in England, several hundred years ago, a few nutmeg nuts could be sold for enough money to allow one to live comfortably for the rest of their life. What we know as Nutmeg, is actually the hard brown…

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