Head Chef Miguel Magna of Tahiti Nui Bar and Restaurant in Hanalei, Kaua‘i, has created this recipe to help encourage us to try unusual and exotic fruits. For more information on Calamansi limes, see our last page “What Is It and How Do You Eat It”
I met Chef Miguel at a demonstration one Saturday morning at Harvest Market in Hanalei. These demonstrations are being scheduled on each island by Ken Love, president of Hawai‘i Tropical Fruit Growers (HTFG), and funded by the Hawai‘i Department of Agriculture through a USDA competitive grant program to foster small-farm sustainability. Ken was able to procure this grant, and the goal of this project is to introduce unusual tropical fruits that already grow in Hawai‘i to that part of the population not familiar with them. Fruit such as bilimbi, jackfruit, Surinam cherry, abiu, jaboticaba and many others are grown in enough quantity that they could be sold at groceries and beyond the usual farmers’ markets and to aware chefs.
At each taste-test demo, a guest chef, project manager and local Hawai‘i Tropical Fruit Grower members will be on hand to share their knowledge in using unusual fruit.… Read More