Wednesday, January 04, 2012

Soursop Shmoursop

I have mentioned before that some tropical fruits and veggies are...well...a little intimidating to someone who didn't eat her first avocado until college and who's idea of an "exotic" fruit as a child was a red grape.  But none have been so foreign and scary as (drum roll please) the Sour Sop.

I probably would never have even tried this "Sour Sop" if not for the smoothie place in town that I frequent.  I went there one day and couldn't decide what to try and asked the smoothie man himself what he thought was the best.  Without hesitation he said, "Sour Sop", and I have been hooked on the sour sop smoothie ever since.

About the size of a football and covered with dull prickles, the sour sop looks really weird.  The taste is like nothing I've ever had before.  Distinctively sweet, it has been described before as pineapple mixed with strawberry and there is a thickness to it when blended that is reminiscent of yogurt.  What makes the sour sop really unusual, is the consistency. It is ready to be eaten when it's so mushy that if you were to drop it, it would burst (which is so counter-intuitive when picking produce) and the flesh inside is stringy and creamy. Suffice it to say, this fruit is just plain weird.  Delicious, but weird.

I was at the grocery store when I saw one on an otherwise empty shelf.  Like a lone puppy in a pet store, I felt compelled to buy it.  I picked it up gently with two hands (this one weighed about 4 pounds), and felt it's gelatinous insides slop around a bit.  This baby was ripe and needed to be eaten today.  Then and there I decided I would make my very own sour sop smoothie for lunch.



I got back to the boat and, unsure of what to do, cut the beastly fruit in half.  The flesh is full of round, black seeds that are allegedly indigestible so, figuring I shouldn't eat them, I began to try and delicately maneuver them out with a knife.  That didn't work well at all (very slimy) and before I knew it, I went "Apocalypse Now" on the thing and just began digging at the pulp with my bare hands and squeezing out the seeds before I threw it in a blender with some water.  To say I made a mess would be a very large understatement.  Sour sop pulp was everywhere.

Anyway - I blended up the pulpy, creamy fruit with some water and made my first boat smoothie.  I had to play with the water to sour sop ratio a bit because the first batch was way too thick, but eventually I got it right and it was delicious.  Ice probably would have made it killer.  I should also note, however, that one person could not possibly eat an entire sour sop so I ended up wasting quite a bit of it which is no surprise considering it's about the size of a premie.

This is after I went "Apocalypse Now" on it.  Clearly. 
Ready to blend.  This blender, by the way, is amazing for a boat.
Thick and creamy perfection!
Love,
Brittany & Scott

5 comments:

Katie said...

Oh my goodness, Brittany, I laughed so hard when I read this and saw the murdered fruit photo. They make it look so easy don't they... Good for you girl! Thanks for the smiles!
Katie

Frances said...

I grew up in the Caribbean eating sour sop, so am highly amused to read how you experienced it. I, too, am shaking with laughter. I never really thought about it, but, you are right, it is one ugly looking piece of heaven.

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Who is not familiar with the fruit of this one, yes the red dragon fruit has a sweet flavor and color is very interesting to make a dragon fruit is favored by many people. Besides this unique form of scaly texture fruit like dragon skin that make people curious about the fruit. The fruit is often referred to as dragon fruit. The dragon fruit has 2 kinds of colors: red and white. According to the research the dragon fruit is rich in vitamins and nutrients, both for the health of your body, it is actually contained in the red dragon fruit.

But that does not mean white dragon fruit has no health benefits, only more superior red dragon fruit, because it is rich in vitamins and nutrients. One of the benefits of red dragon fruit is that it can detect whether a food contains formaldehyde or borax may be harmful to health. And besides that there is a lot of content contained in this red dragon fruit and beneficial for the health of your body. So do not be surprised if the red dragon fruit enthusiasts are aplenty in Indonesia although the selling price of the red dragon fruit relatively little expensive compared to other fruit species.
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