Thursday, March 05, 2009
Have you tried the "yumberry"?
I was invited to an event to introduce the new Chiquita smoothie, which incorporates Yang Mei berries (in addition to blackberries and raspberries). This super-food from China is also marketed under the name "yumberry" and apparently popular as a juice. We got to try the new smoothie, the juice (which isn't sold in Sweden) and also a grand dessert using the smoothie to make several dessert components. Pretty exciting! The berry is elusive and hard to get, but very healthy and super-high in anti-oxidants. The flavor is a bit hard to pinpoint, but I felt that it was slightly astringent, along the lines of cranberries or lingonberries. Others thought it was closer to cloudberries.
The smoothie didn't really taste much of the berry itself (no wonder since it only contains half a berry) but it was really good anyway and has a lot of blackberry-raspberry flavor. It was also quite tangy and not overly sweet. I don't think I'll bother making into bavaroise or parfait, as we were served, but I will buy it as a quick snack every now and then.
Oh - and if anyone knows where I can find miniature jars like the one in the second picture, do let me know! I thought that was super cute!