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Tiny poha packs a tartness that balances the richness of meats

By Joan Namkoong

POSTED: 01:30 a.m. HST, Mar 28, 2012

~~<p>Poha is the cape gooseberry, a tiny, golden ball of distinctive tart, bittersweet goodness. It's native to Brazil and was introduced to the islands in the 19th century, growing well in tropical climates. Poha grow on a bush, and a single bush can produce an abundance of fruit.</p>
<p>A papery skin surrounds each poha picked from the bush, just like a tomatillo. The waxy skin of the fruit is thin; inside are tiny seeds surrounded by juicy pulp. Because of its piquant flavor, it is an ideal accompaniment to meats, and, of course, it makes an excellent jam.</p>
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Poha is the cape gooseberry, a tiny, golden ball of distinctive tart, bittersweet goodness. It's native to Brazil and was introduced to the islands in the 19th century, growing well in tropical climates. Poha grow on a bush, and a single bush can produce an abundance of fruit.

A papery skin surrounds each poha picked from the bush, just like a tomatillo. The waxy skin of the fruit is thin; inside are tiny seeds surrounded by juicy pulp. Because of its piquant flavor, it is an ideal accompaniment to meats, and, of course, it makes an excellent jam. Login for more...



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