A quick semi-contrite apology to all of you abroad and without access to tropical fruit… IT’S DUHAT TIME. :) I LOVE duhat. And when I lived in the West, I think I went 12 or 13 years without that astringent, mouth-drying experience followed by the juicy sweet and sour fruit, often enjoyed with rock salt. Yum. And in markets now are some superb enormous varieties of duhat. Out back we have a tree with small fruit that are quite sour, but also excellent with salt. I have written about duhat before, and even a post on its much lesser known cousin, lipote, so consider this just another “seasonal announcement” for folks who don’t frequent the wet markets.
Tropical fruit posts almost always elicit several reader comments about how they used to enjoy the fruit… some scampering up into trees with plastic bags filled with salt. Others about falling out of the darned trees. Yet others have relationships etched into the trunk of those trees… whatever the memories, I hope this post has given you a visual peg (as one of MM’s readers used to say) to an iconic fruit from Philippine summers… And if you have orchards of the stuff, you might want to consider making duhat “balsamic” vinegar. Which in turn made a pretty good duhat adobo. Enjoy!