The bad kind of “inflamed fruit” is a gym class injury after forgetting to wear your protective gear. Hu-La-La Tropical Fruit Salsa from Chehalem Ridge Brands is the good kind of fiery fruit: pineappple, mango, and garlic getting down with the sting of jalapeno, habanero, and serrano fire. Chunky and sweet, the fruit flavor hits your mouth first, followed by subtle onion, then the pepper flavor, and finally a lingering sting that takes 20-ish seconds to build in your mouth before reaching top speed. The heat builds the more you eat it because it doesn’t fade quickly.
My only problem with fruit salsas in general is in utilizing them. Chehalem Ridge gave me all four of its fruit heat products to play with at the show. Since then, they’ve been stewing in my gray matter waiting for some ideas. Over the last month, I’ve come up with a few projects that I think are good tests for both fruit and spicy. You’ll be seeing the main one next week. For now, here’s the Jamaican Jerk Pork Burger recipe I used for Hu-La-La’s first test drive.[yumprint-recipe id=’19’]