Friday, August 16, 2013

Chocolate Pudding Fruit (for real)

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This is a real thing.

You need to know about this.

It exists...

My first priority as a human being on this Earth at this very moment is to tell as many people as possible that there is a FRUIT that looks like CHOCOLATE pudding.

Let's back it up a bit...
This weekend I traveled to Cairns. Cairns is a place in Queensland in the north eastern part of Australia that has a tropical climate and thus produces some of the best produce in the world. 

Passionfruit, paw paw, watermelon, avocado, bananas, pineapple, rockmelon... it's all incredible.

While visiting a local morning market I came across something that I had heard about, but needed to see to believe.

It is a bright green persimmon-like fruit called... wait for it... Chocolate Pudding Fruit! You could imagine my joy when discovering a fruit with the name of chocolate. What a privilege. To be named after the "Fruit of the Gods", this thing better be good!

The Black Sapote, as it is also known, is native to Mexico and Central America, but can also be found in Florida and parts of Australia.

WHY have I not known about this earlier? WHY are more people not talking about this?! My brain is going to explode.

When it is first picked it is bright green and firm. It sort of looks like a green tomato.

In only a matter of days it will transform to a dark olive colour and become incredibly soft. It will even start to wrinkle and dimple. That is how you know it is ready to eat.

PS. apologies for the borderline sucky photos. I took these quickly at night with remarkably poor lighting before excitement got the best of me and all of what you see was on its way past my mouth and into my stomach. Forgive me.

The sight of this fruit once cut open is incredibly stunning. It is dramatic. It will take you back.

It really does look like the darkest bittersweet chocolate - a gorgeous rich burnt brown, bordering on black.

Then there's the texture of its creamy flesh. Imagine an avocado crossed with a very ripe banana. It is smooth as suede and, as its name suggest, does indeed have the texture of thick custardy chocolate pudding.

It's flavour is mild - do not expect your finest chocolate bar. It tastes slightly nutty and much like a persimmon, as it should since it is a member of the persimmon family.

BUT stir it up with a few teaspoons of cocoa powder and some brown sugar and it becomes chocolate pudding.

FAT FREE chocolate pudding. No lie - if you were blindfolded you would not know the difference.

It is also madly high in vitamin C and vitamin A, as well as a source of iron and potassium. Bonus!

What else can you do with it?

Eat it straight up with a drizzle of honey and squeeze of orange.
Mix it up with cocoa and sugar and frost a cake.
Serve with ice cream.
Make a fruit smoothie - can I suggest mango or strawberry with coconut milk?


Don't you feel better about the world knowing that this exists?

I do. Another reason worth living (and traveling to Australia for).


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