Those wonderful little pips of tart goodness yield a rich and healthful juice when processed in the Mehu-Liisa steam juicer. A labor of love, separating the pips from the pith can be done remarkably easily following this technique: Separating pips from pomegranate.
2. Prickly pear fruit or “tuna”
Prickly pear fruit, called “tuna” by fans, are a wonderful wild fruit with a mild, almost guava-like flavor, that our customers in the west and southwest enjoy. There is no need for messy prepping, simply quarter the fruit and fill the steam basket. Draw the juice off through several layers of cheesecloth to remove any stray prickles.
3. Sandhill plums, or Chickasaw Plums
Sandhill plums, sometimes called Chickasaw plums, are a wild plum that grows in south central US from Arkansas and Kansas west into Texas and Oklahoma. Locals enjoy heading out into the rough to harvest the little, tart plums. They make wonderful jelly, syrup, and butter.
4. Muscadine wild grape
Muscadines are a wild grape that grows in the southeast. It has been cultivated for centuries but still grows wild and is a favorite of wild food enthusiasts. The juice makes a robust, foxy wine and deeply flavored jellies and syrups.
“Apple butter on the branch,” is how a friend described the medlar. It has a mellow, custardy, slightly spicy taste reminiscent of spiced apple treats. The little Martian fruits are left to ripen after picking and then simply cut in half and steamed like apples. The skin and pips can be separated after processing with a food mill and the pulp made into delicious fruit butter.
There are so many wild and cultivated unusual fruits that can be juiced in the Mehu-Liisa steam juicer that the list is almost endless. Do you have a favorite that you like to juice? Let me know and I’ll put up a post. Send recipes too!