Who would have thought that a small ceramic bowl filled with green sultanas or raisins would be such eye candy? The bowl is from Putik by Pettyjohn, the green raisins from Nutsylicious. I first purchased the green raisins last December from the Nutsylicious stall at Mercato Centrale (in Fort Bonifacio on weekend mornings), and used them in various baked goods over the holidays. They are also a great addition to a home made trail mix of dried fruits and nuts.
Another find were these miniature dried figs that have an almost crisp and crunchy exterior and moist sweet interior. In many places, these tiny figs might command a relatively modest price as the bigger juicier ones get a higher grade, but I was really intrigued with these. They might work well in cookies or baked bars. Possibly ice cream as well. But just have a jar around with figs, raisins, dried mangoes, banana chips, nuts, etc. and those would make a far more nutritious snack than a pack of potato or corn chips…
I have always wondered why the selection of dried fruits and nuts in Manila have historically been so appalling. Particularly when they have a pretty good shelf life and are very reasonably priced in many parts of the world. So I am happy that more and more folks are selling and hopefully buying from purveyors such as Nutsylicious, so that the array of ingredients in the Manila gets better and better. Nutsylicious also carries almonds, walnuts, macadamias, pistachios, filberts, etc. Just make sure to taste any nuts you buy to ensure that they are still fresh, and haven’t gone rancid. Nuts are best stored in the fridge or freezer in tropical climates.