Have you ever bit into a bilimbi or tasted tamarillos? Known as ultra-exotic fruits, these not-so-well-known edibles are among a growing number of odd fruits that are intriguing island chefs and shoppers.
Taste-test tamarillos from 11 a.m.-1 p.m. Friday at Island Naturals-Hilo. Chef Rob Love of the Mauna Kea Beach Hotel will demonstrate how to use tamarillos and offer samples. Attendees will receive recipes and tamarillo info to take home.
The Hawaii Tropical Fruit Growers is presenting the fruity fun to build markets for several tropical fruit rarities. Members are growing a wide variety of ultra-exotic tropical fruits and they say the fruits are under-utilized by the mainstream market.
Also known as tree tomatoes, the egg-shaped tamarillo is native to South America. Its flesh is “tangy and variably sweet with a bold and complex flavor,” according to Tropical Fruit Growers President Ken Love, who will join his son, Chef Rob, for the demonstration.
Titled “New Markets for Ultra-Exotic Fruits,” the free event series is funded by the Hawaii Department of Agriculture through a USDA competitive grant program to foster small farm sustainability. For more information, contact Love the elder at email@example.com or 969-7926.
Hawaii Tropical Fruit Growers was incorporated in 1989 to promote tropical fruit grown in Hawaii. HTFG is a statewide association of tropical fruit growers, packers, distributors and hobbyists dedicated to tropical fruit research, education, marketing and promotion; http://www.htfg.org.