Datassential features mangosteen, yuzu and mamey sapote in its report on flavors to watch for 2019.
The mention of yuzu comes in the context of yuzu kosho, a Japanesse condiment. Datassential notes yuzu kosho is traditionally used in hot pot stews and miso soups but suggests also including the condiment on sushi or meats or mixing it into salad dressings or other comments.
Datassential also named mangosteen an up-and-coming flavor but explained that the fruit is a bit of a fickle one.
“They don’t like to grow out of their preferred tropical zones, they’re unpredictable even when they do, and they start spoiling immediately after they’re harvested, not to mention the fact that they were banned from importation into the U.S. until a decade ago,” Datassential wrote in its report. “But now that the ban has been lifted and farmers have started to cultivate them in Puerto Rico and the Caribbean, they are starting to show up on a small number of U.S. menus, mainly in juices and smoothies.”
Another tropical fruit the company mentioned as one to watch was mamey sapote, which Datassential describes as a unique flavor that is difficult to describe.
“Mamey is common in Cuba and Miami, where it can be found in milkshakes (batidos), ice cream, paletas, preserves, baked goods and even wine,” Datassential wrote. “Sugarcane Raw Bar Grill, with locations in Miami, Las Vegas, and Brooklyn, has featured a Sapote Smash cocktail on the menu, starring bourbon, mamey, lemon juice and Aperol.”
Check out all of Datassential’s flavors to watch in the company’s report here.
In case you aren’t particularly familiar with mamey sapote, yuzu or mangosteen, below are descriptions from the Produce Market Guide of the fruits and their common uses. Check out the guide to see which suppliers have these items in their lineup.
“This unusual fruit is reddish-brown with a thick, very hard rind. It is about the size of a mandarin orange, and the interior is similar to a segmented orange. The juicy flesh has a flavor of peach and pineapple. The pulp is white and juicy with a sweet-tart flavor and is sectioned into five or six segments.
“The fruit blends well with other tropical flavors and is often used in desserts, baked goods, or juice. Mangosteen has a 16% sugar content. It is available year-round from Jamaica and Colombia and seasonally from Florida and Pacific Rim markets.”
“Shaped and sized like a football or softball, the mamey sapote has a coarse brown skin with an orange-pink flesh around a large central seed. Its flavor suggests sweet potato and honey.
“The fruit can be eaten raw after the rough skin is removed (often peeled in strips). It can be used in milkshakes, smoothies and ice cream and pairs well with Latin cuisine. It is available year-round from Venezuela and sporadically from spring to fall from Florida and Belize.”'
“The yuzu is a cross between a primitive citrus and a sour mandarin. It is small and round and has mottled green and yellow textured skin. It’s white, segmented flesh includes seeds. The fragrant fruit is most often used for its zest in drinks and as plate garnishes.”