I am not a dietitian, I am a Research and Development Chef with a Nutritional Concentration. This site is based on opinions I've formed through my research and experience working for manufactured food processors.

Sunday, September 5, 2010

What is this Stuff?- Indian Market Produce

Guava, Custard Apple, Bitter Melon, Tindli
My heart bestill me....what hath we here? It's an Indian cornucopia of new-to-me produce.  Some of these veggies I've previously seen loitering around Devon Avenue and I decided it's time to stop pussy-footing around the foreign produce stands.  Let's take a closer look:

This is a custard apple, a.k.a. bulls heart, sugar apple and in Hindi, sitaphei.... 

It looks sort of like a cross between an artichoke and a pine-cone.  The flesh is sweet and creamy, and when ripe can be spooned out.  There are some funky black seeds swimming around in the flesh that are not to be eaten.

This guava fruit is a little bit different than the pink guava's I'm used to.  It is less sweet than the Mexican variety and has a strong perfume.  The seeds are hard yet edible.  I bet this would be really nice incorporated into a light, fruity sauce. 

Tindi is similar to a small zucchini.  It's very versatile and can be prepared countless ways.  What I gather through my research is that it is most frequently served fried or sauteed.  

This curly fellow is known as bitter-melon or karela.  It seems that this cucurbitaceae needs to be heavily nurtured, chopped into small bites and utilized as an accompaniment. 

In the spirit of variety, I will experiment with these foods, create some dishes and report back.  I promise to only post successfully executed recipes.

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