As a food producer, marketer, blogger, stylist and general food freak, I simply love product innovation. It totally spins my wheel, blows my hair back and cooks my veg!
I think mother nature does a spectacular job when it comes to fruit and vegetables in general, so I get quite excited when I see that something that is pretty perfect naturally can be made into something better. Or attempted to be made better that is.
I saw these three new and interesting things in Woolies yesterday (South Africa’s premium food retailer):
1. Donut Dessert Peach’s
The question is ‘why’ would you do that to a peach? Then also, ‘how’ do you do that to a peach?
Either Way its been done, and I didn’t notice any marked improvement to the taste of the fruit. It was marginally more user friendly to handle and eat. Less messy and much neater. No juice dripping down your chin and staining your clothes. A few dainty little bites, like eating a small sandwich. The flesh is white and was perfectly juicy and sweet.
I am not sure if I am going to rush out and buy them again at the premium price of R19.95 for 6 and after eating one, I couldnt help but think ‘where is the rest’.
2. Flavourburst white flesh dessert peaches (pictured above)
These are marketed as being ‘supersweet, soft and juicy’ of the variety ‘ice princess’. And this they indeed were. I found them rather delicious. They had a smoother, almost creamy flavour with no acidity. They were deceptively firm, but had more than enough juice.
These look like raisins, and when you first put them in your mouth you think they are raisins. Then after a few chews, the very non raisin flavour hits you and you realise these are most definitely not raisins. They are dried cherry tomatoes with the same look and feel as a raisin.
Weird! But also pretty cool.
I’m not a huge fan of sundried tomatoes and would only ever cook with them in order to bring back their lost moisture content and to add a concentration of tomato flavour. So this being said, I look forward to using these tomaraisins in a recipe and I will most definitely be leaving them out of the salad.
ps: I cant help but wonder what they would be like cold smoked.