So its African star apple (AKA Agbalumo or Udara or Udala) season in Nigeria and we have taken time to select some of our favourite recipes we wish to share.
Pineapple & Agbalumo (African Star Apple) Juice Drink by Funke Koleosho
What you need
—Peel and remove the red flesh of the agbalumo fruit and macerate with some sugar for at least 3 days. This helps to mellow down the harshness of the taste of the fruit. Learn how to macerate it here.
—Large well ripened pineapple
—500ml of fresh clean spring water (or any table or drinking water would do)
—For garnish, thinly slice one of the star apples
What to do
1. Wash and peel the pineapple and chop into large chunks. Place the pineapple chunks in a blender and add some of the macerated star apple.
2. Then add the water. Blend all ingredients together and strain using a fine sieve. Strain twice to get a really smooth blend with no bits from the fruits.
3. To serve, place some of the star apple slices in a glass, with some ice, then pour over the drink and enjoy.
Agbalumo (African Star Apple) drink by Matse
What you need
—Drinking water or Soda water
What to do
1. Wash the agbalumo then squeeze out the juice, setting the seeds aside..
2. Peel off the flesh of the fruit, adding them to the juice in the blender.
3. Add a cup of water to the blender. You can use soda water if you want some fizziness then blend. Add honey to sweeten and blend some more. Strain over a glass of ice and serve.
Agbalumo Cocktail by Afrolem
2 Tablespoons Honey
3 Scent leaves
1 teaspoon Ginger powder
A tablespoon of Sugar
2 cups of water
1 tablespoon Angostura Bitters (substitute with any other bitters)
2 shots of Hennessy (Optional)
Wash and peel your agbalumo fruits scraping the seeds and the skin for all the elements of the fruit into a bowl.
In a blender, pour in the agbalumo scrapings, scent leaf, honey, sugar, ginger powder and water.
Blend till smooth. Pour over a sieve into a bowl or jug to get the pulp out of your drink.
Stir in the angostura bitters and at this point add the hennessy and serve your agbalumo cocktail over ice.
Nigerian Agbalumo Drink by Kitchen Butterfly
- Skin and seeds of 6 Agbalumo
- 1/2 cup of white, granulated sugar (to taste)
- Seeds of 6 green cardamom pods, crushed
- 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
- Pinch of saffron – 10 to 15 strands
- Combine all ingredients in a pan
- Top with a litre of water
- Bring to the boil and then turn down to simmer for 12 – 15 minutes
- Remove from heat and let cook down
- Decant (straining if you like)
- Serve on ice
- You can include the flesh of the Agbalumo but the resulting drink will be cloudy
- Vary the spices to suit your desires
Agbatini/Udatini by Clara’s Corner
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