I was at the market yesterday and there was kalamansi up the wazooâ€¦ In other words, itâ€™s about the height of the season for kalamansi and it is as cheap as it getsâ€¦ about PHP20-25 per kilo for nice big juicy kalamansi. The rest of the vegetable and fruit pickings were dismal, amongst the worst I have experienced this year at the markets. Apparently prices from the sources in the Mountain Province have shot up (up 10-15% from what I can tell on the retail side) and there is a dearth of produce due to the rains, etc. My overall bill for the morning was up noticeably and there were certain things that were downright exhorbitantâ€¦ I noticed later that I paid PHP70 a kilo for ampalaya, for example! Our main hope at this time is produce sourced from Mindanao and flown up or brought up by ferry or boatâ€¦Earlier this year, I posted an entry on kalamansi, so please check it out if you want more details about the fruit itself.
Meanwhile, what to do with the bounty? First of all, JUICE!!! Squeeze and strain the juice of several kalamansi, add cold water and some sugar or honey. A superb source of vitamin C, a great battler of the rainy season colds and flu, kalamansi juice has to be one of everyoneâ€™s local favorites. The bracing acidity combined with as much or little sugar as you like makes for a truly thirst quenching drink â€“ our local equivalent of the western lemonade. The flavor of kalamansi is unique and something foreign companies are starting to take note off. The essence of kalamansi is a flavor sold by some of the bigger food companies and the last time I was in Paris I even noticed kalamansi sorbet at some of the finest ice cream shops under the category â€œexoticâ€â€¦go figure. At any rate, if you want to take your kalamansi juice up a notch, make concentrated kalamansi juice and freeze it into ice cubes. That way, when you serve the juice, you can use the kalamansi ice cubes and the juice wonâ€™t get diluted as the ice melts, in fact, it gets more intense. I also like the flavor honey (instead of sugar) imparts to the juice but I find that itâ€™s a pain in the neck to mix it in properly. Isnâ€™t this second photo kind of cool? My 9 year old daughter took itâ€¦