From there to here, from here to there, funny things are everywhere*

Friday, November 18, 2011

*With apologies to Theodor Geisel

Funny thing number 1: Kohlrabi

So...I know you’re not meant to judge by appearances, but if there was a competition for “Oddest looking vegetable”, I bet kohlrabi would be in with a very strong chance. It’s so alien looking, with all those appendages, and what about the colour?

Not surprising then that I’ve walked past poor old kohlrabi on numerous occasions, not even tempted to pick it up for a closer look. This all changed recently when a particularly interesting specimen was up for grabs at the markets. “Why not?”

What did it taste like? A lot like radish without the peppery bite. I used it in an Asian inspired “slaw” - kohlrabi, carrot, mango and coriander, dressed with a bit of soy sauce, mirin, sesame oil and rice vinegar. A sprinkling of peanuts added some crunch.

I can’t say I was completely bowled over by the taste, but I will definitely buy it again to add some interest to salads. Anyone got any suggestions on what else to use it for?

Funny thing number 2: Jaboticaba

Ok, these guys don’t actually look funny. In fact, they look very appealing, like giant blueberries. Which is why I picked them up impulsively even though I had no idea what they would taste like. “Buy first, google later” was my policy.

Turns out, these are a rainforest fruit also known as Brazilian grape. They even look grape-like on the inside. The taste is very tropical, a mix of tangy and sweet,  typical of many fleshy fruits of this ilk. It reminds me a little of mangosteen and “langsat” (Lansium domesticum).

Apparently the pretty deep purple skin is edible but we found it too tough and also after a lot of chewing it tasted quite tannic and mouth puckering. So we bit holes in the skin and squeezed out the flesh instead. We really enjoyed these and would definitely buy it again, perhaps next time we’ll even cook with them.

And there endeth the funny.

Belated thanksgiving wishes to you, and have a great weekend.


Janine said...

ooh i've seen kohlrabi around, but haven't picked up the guts to try them yet. about the jaboticaba, where did you get them? I'm in sydney now and would love to try them hehe ;p

Jill @ MadAboutMacarons said...

Great post and thanks for sharing your funny objects. That kohlrabi is certainly amazing - love the shot with the wee one giggling - superb! I think your use for it sounded wonderful with the mirin and soya sauce. Brazilian grapes look fabulous!

3 hungry tummies said...

I love kohlrabi but have never seen the purple ones around. You can pickle it or it is great in a quick stir fry with seafood.
I am going to look out for the Brazilian grapes!

Hungry Dog said...

I like kohlrabi and I actually think it's very pretty. That color is striking, no? never heard of these other little grape things---to me, those are weird looking (the inside, at least!)

Heavenly Housewife said...

I'd love to try those unusual grapes :D, they look really juicy!
Happy Thanksgiving daaahling!
*kisses* HH

pierre said...

mother nature is wonderful isnt'it?!!pierre

Renata said...

I had never seen the Kohlrabi before, but jaboticabas are very well known to me as a Brazilian, but I'm afraid I have never given it much attention. Nowadays they can be found in the supermarkets, but not very long ago, they were much more of a "harvest your own at your backyard" type of fruit, at least in my area. I will look at it more carefully next time I'm in Brazil.

grace said...

there are so many amazing things out there that i haven't even heard of, much less tasted. i'm now on the hunt for this jaboticaba, though i have my doubts i'll ever find it!

Fiona said...

Where did you find the japoticaba? Also at the markets? I've never seen them back home!

Happy Thanksgiving too Shaz.

Lorraine @ Not Quite Nigella said...

LOL the kohlrabi does look very Battlefield Earth! :P

Divya said...

Oooh...I love posts like this. It's good to learn new things and be open to unfamiliar flavours. I haven't tried either of them, but I think that's because they aren't easily available where I live!

shaz said...

Janine - at Harris Farms. Just missed you, you flew in, I flew out :)

Jill @ MadAboutMacarons - thank you. I love that photo too.

3 hungry tummies - mmm, pickling sounds delicious. Will try it.

Hungry Dog - I do agree, the colour is sensational, I wish the inside was as brilliantly coloured.

Heavenly Housewife - thank you, *muah*

pierre - definitely!

Renata - I think they are only just starting to appear in shops here. Although I've seen the plants for sale in my local nursery,

grace - happy hunting!

Fiona - I got them at my local Harris Farm. I've also seen them at a tropical fruit farm up north. Never really saw them before this though.

Lorraine @ Not Quite Nigella - it is just so tentacle-y

Divya - I love trying new things too, and often see things on other blogs I wish I could try but I know that I wouldn't be able to find here.Never mind, at least we're learning new things right?