Posts made in May, 2012

Green Papaya Salad!!!

Posted by on May 20, 2012 in Food, Island Life, Slider | 1 comment

Green Papaya Salad!!!

Naomi and I had heard about green papaya salad a couple of times, but it wasn’t until we ate at a nice local restaurant, Casa Isleña, for my birthday that we had a chance to try it. After one bite, we both looked up and stared at each other with a gleam in our eyes. How can this be so good!? It was the perfect combination of crunchy, salty, sweet, tangy and magical for a warm evening! I decided that I had to recreate this salad. This is a Thai or Vietnamese recipe so it’s not commonly made here. This makes it a bit difficult to find green papayas. There are papaya trees all over...

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Tropical Fruit Tour: Stop 6 – “Parcha”

Posted by on May 15, 2012 in Food, Island Life, Slider | 6 comments

Oh my, oh my. Passion fruit! This little lovely gem is known in Puerto Rico as parcha. Passiflora edulis is a vine species of  passion flower that is native to Paraguay, Brazil, and northern Argentina. The bright yellow variety of passion fruit, which is also known as the Golden Passion Fruit, can grow up to the size of a grapefruit,  has a smooth, glossy, light and airy rind. The common variety here is about the size of a large lemon. There is also a smaller purple variety with a different flavor, but I’ve never seen it in Puerto Rico. Naomi’s first encounter with parcha was...

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