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2007-04-14

>jackfruit and passionfruit

PER SE CHEF'S TASTING MENU course #8

>JACKFRUIT SORBET
Persimmon Pudding, Passionfruit "Nuage" an
d Fresh Shaved Coconut

Jackfruit may resemble durian the "king of fruit", but jackfruit is no "king of fruit". It is much cheaper (at least in the tropics), less threatening (smaller thorns), not "stinky", really, more fruity and juicy, not custardy at all.

Jackfruit tastes like musky lychee. Passionfruit's concentrated aroma makes you think of apricots and grapes, only more citrusy.

According to crfg.org, "The jackfruit tree is handsome and stately. In the tropics it grows to an enormous size, like a large eastern oak. In California it is very doubtful that it would ever approach this size. All parts contain a sticky, white latex... When fully ripe, the unopened jackfruit emits a strong disagreeable odor, resembling that of decayed onions, while the pulp of the opened fruit smells of pineapple and banana."

Also according to crfg.org, "The unique flavor (of passionfruit) is appealing, musky, guava-like and sweet/tart to tart. The yellow form has generally larger fruit than the purple, but the pulp of the purple is less acid, richer in aroma and flavor, and has a higher proportion of juice (35-38%)." It lists many hybrids. Purple - Black Knight, Edgehill, Frederick, Kahuna, Paul Ecke, Purple Giant, Red Rover. Yellow - Brazilian Golden, Golden Giant.

It makes a fine "cloud".



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