Keep Calm and eat ripe Palm!!!
As mentioned in the previous post on the Tender Palmyra Fruit I am quite crazy about fruits in general and especially those that are unusual or exotic in some way. Among my list of intriguing ones, are the fruits of certain palm trees and the Palmyra palm fruit is very much one of them.
The fruits grow in bunches and are round like cannon balls with a leathery outer skin. The edible seeds are embedded inside the fruit and each fruit has 3 seeds, though there are some with 2 and even 4 at times.
The process of getting to the edible part is rather complex and one has to depend on the skill of the amazingly dexterous vendors who sell these fruits when in season and whose prowess in wielding a murderously sharp sickle of sorts, is the special power that extricates the delicate translucent seeds from their sockets and brings them into our grasp.
But today, this aspect of the fruit is not what I am going to focus on, tempting though it may be to dwell unendingly on the lusciousness of the tender fruit.
Having eaten this all my life, it was only a few years ago that I was greatly fascinated to hear from an acquaintance, that the fruit takes on a very different avatar if left on the tree to ripen and mature. This ripe fruit then yields a sweetish pulp much like that of a mango, which of course is as exotic as it sounds like.
I had been extremely enraptured by this piece of information but the item being so rare to obtain, I had to depend only on my imagination to assume what it would be like. I desperately hoped that I would come across it someday but I never did get the chance up until now.
Though the Corona era brought with it disease and pestilence, it also gave me access to several products that I had not used before and one of these was the ripe Palmyra fruit.
My amazingly knowledgeable friend Srikanth Seshagiri who runs the famous Banchharam’s Sweets in Bangalore, suddenly informed me that he had found a supplier of these fruits and I pounced on him like I pounce on any new fruit that I see 😀 and begged him to procure these for me.
So that is how it came about and today I am going to rave on and on about this treasure of mine and the immense potential that it holds to make spectacular dishes out of it.
If you are equally crazy about such things, then hang on and listen and also watch my video below. You will not be disappointed.