Fruits: Unexpected Flavours

28 Oct

Have you ever wanted to combine different flavors together to see what they would taste like? Ever heard of something called a Grāpple® ? Believe it or not, it’s an apple that tastes like a grape! A company has managed to infuse the flavor of Concord grapes into ordinary Gala orFuji apples to produce a fruit like no other. It looks like an apple and has all the nutritional contents of an apple; the only thing that is different is the distinct taste. Grapples are made by soaking the apples in water and grape flavor concentrate that contains no sugar or any other extra calories. Don’t worry, all the ingredients used are USDA and FDA approved! Click here for more information: http://www.grapplefruits.com/

Originally, this product was targeted towards children and intended to encourage the intake of fruit in their diet but I’m sure many curious grown adults have tried Grapples before too; myself included. I tried a Grapple for the second time in my life last week (the first time was probably a year or two ago) and for some reason it wasn’t as strong in grape flavor as I remembered it to be…it may be because I already know what to expect? Whatever it is, I think it is still worth a try if you’ve never tried it. It wouldn’t hurt to put a little fun into incorporating fruits in your daily diet!

While we’re on the topic of fruits, ever heard of the cherimoya fruit? No? Well neither have I…..until I read about it two days ago. I thought it would be interesting to talk about a fruit that we don’t generally know much or talk about. Cherimoya fruit is a fruit that comes from the cherimoya evergreen shrub or tree (duh!) and is grown in Central and South America although it is believed to be a fruit native to the Andes. According to a website, the fruit is considered to be “one of the most exquisite fruits in the world”. That sentence alone makes me want to try this fruit to see what I’ve been missing out on…

cherimoya tree

cherimoya fruit

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
The flavor and taste of this fruit is described as being “rich and aromatic, a blend of sweetness and mild acidity resembling a cross between banana, passionfruit, papaya and pineapple.” It has a melt-in-your-mouth consistency, similar to custard in texture. Cherimoya fruit hold multiple seeds depending on the size of the fruit and the seeds contain alkaloids. When the seeds are crushed and ingested, it can cause adverse effects such as vomiting, dryness in the mouth, and burning in the throat, so do not consume the seeds. Despite the unfortunate effects that can occur if the seeds (crushed) are eaten, the cherimoya fruit provides some good nutrients!
 

Per 100 grams of cherimoya, it provides approximately:

Calories (kcal)                              35
Carbohydrates (g)                    18.2
Fat (g)                                          0.1
Protein (g)                                  1.9
Fibre (g)                                      2.0
Vitamin C (mg)                             45
Calcium (mg)                               27
Iron (mg)                                   0.65
Niacin (mg)                               0.95
Riboflavin (mg)                      0.135
Thiamin (mg)                             0.11
Potassium (mg)                      0.375
Phosphorus (mg)                        33

 

There are many different ways a cherimoya fruit can be eaten. It can be frozen whole and cut open to be scooped out like ice cream, cut in cubes and thrown into a fruit salad, pureed to use as pie filling, and a whole lot more. Below is a simple recipe for a cherimoya smoothie that would be great for a breakfast-on-the-run or just for an afternoon snack!

Cherimoya Smoothie (2 servings)

For a thick smoothie, use frozen fruit and chill all ingredients as well as the serving container. Drink immediately.

2 cups frozen cherimoya flesh, seeds removed
2 cups frozen banana chunks
1 cup skim milk
1 (8-ounce) carton strawberry or plain non-fat yogurt
Optional: 1/2 teaspoon flavoring extract, i.e., coconut , almond, vanilla, or strawberry

Combine all ingredients using a knife blade in food processor or blender and mix to a slushy consistency. Serve immediately.

 

Cherimoyas are ripe and in season from March through May, so mark the date on your calendar and remember to go try one! Here are some tips on how to pick and ripen cherimoyas in order to get the best taste/texture:

  • Choose slightly under ripened ones that are heavy
  • Store out of direct sunlight and at room temperature for a couple days until they feel ripe
  • Ripe cherimoyas should feel like a ripe avocado
  • Then wait one more day after it feels ripe
  • If the skin turns brown, don’t worry; this won’t affect the flesh
  • If there are leftovers, wrap in a paper towl; can be stored in the fridge for up to 4 days

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References:

http://www.grapplefruits.com/index.html

Grapple photo: http://othersideoftheplanet.com/?p=365

http://cherimoya.orconhosting.net.nz/pages/des_fruit.html

Cherimoya tree photo: http://withfriendship.com/user/sathvi/cherimoya.php

Cherimoya photo: http://evewaspartiallyright.blogspot.com/2011/05/have-you-tried-cherimoya.html

Cherimoya photo2: http://ch3rri-blossoms.blogspot.com/2010/04/cherimoya-fruits.html

Recipe: http://www.chileanfreshfruit.com/pdf/cherimoya_smoothie.pdf

Smoothie Picture: http://en.petitchef.com/recipes/hawaiian-pineapple-breakfast-smoothie-fid-1059435?related

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6 Responses to “Fruits: Unexpected Flavours”

  1. foodfactforthought October 28, 2011 at 2:54 pm #

    Whoaa! I didn’t know about the grapple before! That sounds really interesting! Does the grapple still have the texture and consistency of an apple? I’d like to try it if they sell it in the stores! Thanks for such an interesting post! Now I’ll keep my eyes peeled for a grapple in the store!

    • fcheung13 November 7, 2011 at 8:21 pm #

      Yup! Tastes exactly like an apple. It pretty much tastes like an apple that has been dipped in grape juice. Haha

  2. Susanne Wong October 28, 2011 at 11:06 pm #

    What a clever way to name this fruit, I’m quite curious to see how it tastes like!

  3. kimberlyanndixon November 2, 2011 at 8:16 pm #

    I absolutely love the grapple! You don’t seem them around too often though, and when they are they’re quite expensive, but definitely a nice treat once in awhile.

  4. Heather Carson November 3, 2011 at 8:33 pm #

    The novelty of the Grapple totally sucked me in and I tried them when they came out, so good! I made a note for myself to buy Cherimoya fruit, sounds like it might be tricky to find but I’ll keep my eyes peeled:)

  5. Lillian Lau November 5, 2011 at 10:09 pm #

    I have tried the grapple a few years ago. I didn`t think that it tasted like a grape but it definitely smelled like a grape!

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