Living in tropical South East Asia definitely has its benefits. One of them is being able to tan all year round. Another, is the abundance of juicy, vibrantly coloured and weird-looking fruit. This tastes like nothing you have ever tried before! Also, Asian fruit is cheap to buy here, so it’s easy to conjure up some juices and smoothies, that taste like mana from the gods.
A vibrant and green coloured oval-shaped fruit that tastes a little like sherbet and a tiny bit like kiwifruit. The strong burst of flavour combinations in the mouth, naturally works in well with other fruit juice blends, and crushed ice. The more daring and intrepid traveller should try adding some vodka or Midori to the mix to watch the jack fruit smoothie come alive.
One of the most visually-appealing and exotic looking fruits you will find. The fiery bright pink skin has sharp nodules like flames. This contains white flesh that’s spotted through with black seeds. Not only does it look beautiful, it tastes great too. Similar to kiwi fruit, although not as sour and more sweet and subtle. Dragon Fruit is great for an afternoon snack by itself, or blended into a yoghurt and soy milk smoothie.
Rambutan is the most versatile of Asian fruits and can be eaten raw, added as a sweetener to stir fries, or chopped into salad. It looks rather freakish, with its green spikes eminating from a tough vividly red skin. Cut through the outer layer, and underneath there’s a delicate and succulent fruit. This flesh is sweet and juicy and can be likened to a grape, although the seed in the centre of the flesh leaves an unusual rasping feeling on the tongue. All in all, it’s an excellent idea to peel and chop rambutan into a fruit smoothie. The delicate flavour of the rambutan works well together with the refreshing and feiry zing of ginger and carrot. This is a great revival drink after a long and hot afternoon.
The recipe for relaxing during midsummer in South East Asia is simple. Mix up an amazing smoothie of Asian fruits. Then string up hammock under the cool shade of a tree. Take a good book and chill out completely!