Star Apple recipes

We’ve used our wonderful Cape Trib star apples in a few different recipes including jam and cakes but thank you to Grace Van Berkum for providing us with one of our favourite recipes yet - star apples smoothie.  When our star apples ripen they arrive in their hundreds, so this is the perfect way to use them - happy blending ;-)

 

1-2 star fruits (without skin and pits)
1 tbsp tahini
Handful unsweetened, shredded coconut
Raw honey to taste
pinch of ground Cinnamon
pinch of ground Cardamom
2-3 cups water or unsweetened coconut milk
1 cup ice

 

Method

Blend until creamy and smooth. It will come out a beautiful shade of purple. Sprinkle with cinnamon and cardamon.

 

Star Apple

Our beautiful big star apple trees are heavy in fruit at the moment, so we’ve decided to celebrate them and make them our fruit of the fortnight!  At Cape Trib Exotic Fruit Farm we grow 2 varieties the purple and green. Both varieties start life green, then the purple variety turns deep purple when ripe, whilst green star apples keep a light golden/green skin. The taste is delicious! It has a sweet, soft flesh which has a slight floral flavour, cut through the middle the seeds are in the shape of a star. However beware of the latex that lurks under the skin, it's super sticky and a bit bitter (best to eat it with a spoon!) The star apple's scientific name is Chrysophyllum Cainito which is a tropical tree of the Sapotaceae family, native to the West Indies. It is now grown throughout the tropics, including Southeast Asia and Australia. The tree is fast growing and can grow to 20 meters in height with a large canopy, perfect for shading under on a hot sunny rainforest day ;-)

Clare@capetribexoticfruitfarm

Clare@capetribexoticfruitfarm

Matisia

The fruit of the week is the MATISIA!

Matisia (Matisia cordata) which is also called Chupa-Chupa is native to the foothills of the Andes, and is common throughout parts of Brazil, Venezuela, and Colombia. The fruit is round with a greenish leathery skin and sweet orange-yellow pulp which is quite high in fibre. Some people say it tastes a bit like rock melon! It is usually eaten straight out of hand but delicious in juices too!

Photo by Diana Scalfati

When time stops

Wildwood accommodations are set on the Cape Trib Exotic Fruit Farm in the Daintree Rainforest, very close to the Ocean and the Great Barrier Reef. As a starting point it doesn’t seem so bad does it? It’s actually even better than you think! As a guest here you get to enjoy the fun activities and excursions that Cape Tribulation and the rest of the area have to offer, but what is really incredible for me is the time spent on the property. It’s the perfect environment to relax, eat juicy exotic fruit whilst reading a book and most of all get creative!

Doesn’t matter if it’s pouring down with rain or the strong Australian sun is shining, sitting on the veranda with no internet connection, being encapsulated in the rainforest, brings you back to when you were a child and all you had was pen an paper and what you could find in your backyard.

A few of the recent guests have left us some beautiful art as a testimony of that! This one was made with pieces found on the ground around the orchard, some black beans, black bean pods, quandongs, leaves, tree bark and much more to create an incredibly detailed visual dish filled with texture and color, which represents perfectly the vibrant rainforest! Thank you Avrille and Hayden, we absolutely loved it!

 

Photo by Diana Scalfati, Art by Avrille. 

Photo by Diana Scalfati, Art by Avrille. 

Abiu

Have you ever heard of the Abiu?

It's scientific name is Pouteria caimito and it's originally from South America. Its fruits shape varies from round to oval with a point. When ripe, it has smooth bright yellow skin and has one to four ovate seeds. The inside of the fruit is translucent and white. It has a creamy and jelly-like texture. The fruit has a sweet, mild taste which may have a hint of pineapple but is best described as reminiscent of caramel flan. It is often used in ice cream or eaten out of hand. YUM!

Every week we are going to be writing about one of the incredible fruits you can find here at Cape Trib Exotic Fruit Farm / Wildwood, so keep your eyes peeled!

 

Photo by Diana Scalfati

It's Turmeric day!

We dug up lots of fresh organic ‪#‎Tumeric‬ today!

Turmeric is a herbaceous perennial plant of the ginger family native to southern Asia. It is widely used in curries and as a coloring additive for food such as mustard.

Turmeric has been used in Asia for thousands of years in medicine for many different uses. It’s said to have anti-inflammatory and antioxidant properties as well as a preventative or curative properties for Cancer, Alzheimer’s, Depression and Heart Disease.

For more information on the health benefits of Turmeric have a look at this article:
https://authoritynutrition.com/top-10-evidence-based-healt…/

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Photos by Diana Scalfati

Photos by Diana Scalfati