Tasting the world’s largest tree borne fruit – the ginormous Jackfruit

Every time I walk by the huge Jackfruits at the local Asian market, I can’t help but reminisce about my visit to Vietnam.  In the south of Vietnam, the sight of Jackfruits was a common occurrence. Although I didn’t see any that beat the world’s record of 80 lbs, I am certain that I saw … Read more

The day I bought a $5 cucumber aka Horned Melon, Kiwano, Jelly Melon, Blowfish Fruit, Cucumis metuliferus

I’ve seen these Horned Melons around in the local ethnic markets a few times, but the price of $8-10 per pound was a turnoff.  I finally broke down and bought one.  With a quick visual inspection, I figured this little one was about a quarter pound and around 2 bucks; but, when I got to … Read more

How to eat a fuzzy furry Rambutan

I picked up some Rambutan at the local Asian grocery store for a sweet treat.  Rambutan (Nephelium lappaceum), the name of both the tree and the fruit, tastes similar to lychee, mamoncillos, or grapes and are probably one of the most fun looking fruits out there.  Although native to Malaysia-Indonesia, it is now grown throughout … Read more

The easy foolproof way to make your own probiotic fermented Sauerkraut

Sauerkraut is one of the easiest fermented foods to make at home.  Along with Kefir, Sauerkraut is one of the “gateway drugs” into the wonderful world of fermentations. True fermented, artisanal Sauerkraut can be pricey. A trip to Whole Foods will show that these run upward of $10 for very little in quantity.  The best … Read more