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Tuesday, February 26, 2013

African Horned Cucumber Sauce


African horned cucumber also known as the African horned melon


Native to Africa, the African horned cucumber also known as the African horned melon fruit appearances when ripe with various shades of yellow and Princeton orange on the outside and electric lime green with a jelly like flesh and a bitter taste. 

The skin also sports porcupine like spikes over its surface making the fruit look like a prop on the set of a sci-fi movie. African horned melon fruit is a bit pricey in some areas of the world. The fruit's taste has been compared to a combination of cucumber and zucchini and is well worth the price.


Ingredients:
Pulp of 1 African horned melons (substitute 1 peeled and cut cucumber and ½ mashed banana)
4 cups sugar
½ cup dried finely chopped apricots
½ cup chopped seedless raisins
½ teaspoon ground cloves
1 teaspoon ground ginger

Directions:

Add all ingredients together cook slowly until thickened. Test to see if done by putting a spoonful on a plate, it should just hold its shape. Slowly pour into sterilized jars. Allow to cool on the counter. Use the sweet sauce on anything your heart desires. Excellent as a spread on toasted bread. 

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Tuesday, February 12, 2013

Easy South African Ginger Pear Recipe

Easy Ginger Pear Recipe made with South African pears. The pear is native to coastal and mildly temperate regions of Africa. South African pears are in season from February to August. South African pears are mainly grown in the Western Cape. Areas including Elgin, Ceres and Wolseley are principally known for pear production. Pears were introduced to South Africa in the 1800's, about 3,000 varieties of pears are grown worldwide.



Ginger Pears

Ginger Pears

Ingredients:
5 hard pears
3 cups water
7 cups sugar
½ cup chopped preserved ginger
3 lemons juice and rind

Directions:
Pare and core the pears. Dice or cut into thin slices. Add water and cook until tender. Add the sugar, ginger, the lemon juice and grated rind. Simmer mixture until thick and pears are transparent. Pour into sterilized jars and seal.

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