This week there are two kinds of berries in your share:
Surinam Cherries, which are sweet and slightly tart, bright red fruits that you can eat out of hand, and
Gooseberries, which are white fruits that must be cooked before eating. They are comparable to cranberries - they are usually stewed with sugar as a kind of sauce, or made into a jam.
Pyllanthus acidus, the Otaheite Gooseberry or Malay Gooseberry, is beleived to have orignated in Madagascar, then was brought to the East Indies and finally the Caribbean by the 18th century. When cooked with sugar, the fruits turn a beautiful red color for a festive jam or sweet treat.
The small pink fruits are Wax Apples, also called love apple, java apple and rose apple, among other names. Syzygium samarangense is distinct from the related Malay apple, Syzygium malaccense, which sets at a different time of year and has a darker red color. Eat them fresh like an apple - the fruits are refreshing and have a mild, sweet floral flavor. Try them sliced on a salad, with a sweet balsamic vinaigrette.
You'll also find many mangoes in your box, mostly Julie and Manzana (apple) varieties, from the Kai Lawaetz Orchard and Garden of Ridge to Reef Farm. These have sweet, smooth flesh and minimal stringiness.
Have a fruitful week,
Claudia & the crew at Ridge to Reef Farm
This Week's Harvest
Ridge to Reef Farm serves the US Virgin Islands with certified organic produce grown with sustainable permaculture practices (and a lot of love).