Sunday, July 10, 2011

Something new from Down Under

It has been a month since I last post. I thought I will have more time to bake during the school holiday and perhaps also to engage the kids in baking, but no, I was wrong. The holiday flew pass.

The first weekend was spent on board Royal Carribean and there are housework to be done when we came back. After that, I have to go searching for cheap winter wear for the kids in preparation for the Perth trip on the last week of the school holiday. Top that with alot of last minute research, planning, booking and finally flew off.

We came back right before school starts, so besides kicking in the routine, I have housework and this is the first time I touch the PC at night as I did not stay past 12 midnight previously.

I have no bake to share, but I knew Aspiring bakers are on swiss roll this month .. I hope I can have time to  join.

This post will then be dedicated to new fruits that I got to know during the Perth Trip.

This is called Tamarillo. I found this in the farm we stayed. The owner say this is a delicacy. The market there sells one for around AUZ70cents. The owner of the farm has warned me that he did not like the taste and it is like passionfruit and has also advised me to sprinkle sugar on top before I eat it.
I finally got a chance to try it on the next night after we are back. The inside does look like passionfruit with little seeds. The taste is a little sour and a little mild sweet but I can take it. No one else in my family wants it. Here are the pictures of the insides.

Besides the above fruit of the size of an egg, I got to taste another fruit from the "wild". We are touring the Caversham Wildlife Park when I see the Park's staff picking up fruits from the ground and the tree into a basket. More daring overseas, so I went over to KPO. The staff told me (of course upon me asking), those are called Irish Strawberries. She is collecting them for feeds to the birds in the park. I asked if they can be consume by human (silly question?) and she said yes, but not those on the floor. So I pluck one out from the short tree (or should I say shrub) and I munched it. It was sweet. Let me show you how it looked.

The berry

With this, I leave you to goggle more about the fruits I talked about if you are interested.


Aimei said...

Interesting! Can the seeds be eaten? :)

Small Small Baker said...

Interesting. You should share more about your trips. I like to see photos and read other people's travelogue. :)

sherlyn said...

Aimei, The farm owner says it is like passionfruit, so I just ate up all the seeds like how I eat passionfruit, but I am not sure if I am correct leh. No tummy ache thou. keke

SSB, I love to read travelogue too! However, I have no experience in writing travelogue and my trip will not be as interesting as it is all for the kids. The photos are usually on my family and relatives. As I have to respect the privacies of my family members (and relatives too), so I cannot post those pictures. Sorry. If I do have the time to tidy up abit (ya photos just stored into the HD, I will post some sceneries perhaps.

Vivian said...

Do you like Tamarillo? I tried once and it was yucky!

An Unreachable Dream said...

Hi Sherlyn, I accidently came across your blog and saw this tamarillo fruit. We have plenty here in Medan, North Sumatera. We call it 'Terong Belanda'(Dutch eggplant). We also have plenty of passionfruit here and we call it 'marquisa'. We consume these fruits in syrup form. They absolutely taste good with some ice cubes in our climate here.
Just simply dig out their flesh, blend them in a blender and strain. Mix the juice with sugar and blend till become syrup. You can also boil the syrup which will help the sugar dissolve faster and the syrup can be kept for longer period.

We usually mix 700gr to 800gr of sugar for every 1 kg of the fruit weighed with skin. Passionfruit syrup can last for more than a week in fridge whereas tamarillo syrup can only last for around 5 days.

sherlyn said...


Thank you for dropping by. I thought this fruit is only found in Australia. How wrong was I.
Thank you for the added information. So far, I did not see this fruit in the supermarket I frequent in Singapore. As the fruit is pretty small, I can eat it on its own. Perhaps I can take the little bit of sourness.

sherlyn said...

Hi Vivian,

I can take it then. Either it is a small fruit, too small to bring me down, or perhaps I can take the taste. :-)

One reader who chanced upon my blog gave info on how to make it tastier. If you get the chance to buy it again, perhaps can try it out her way. :-)

Blessed Homemaker said...

I rem seeing this in ANZ, tried but didn't like it. I'll say it's acquired taste.

sherlyn said...

Hi Blessed Homemaker, I agree with you. I guess I managed to accept it probably due to the fact that it was the first time and only time I will be eating this fruit? :)

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