THE FRUIT OF PEACE
~ A Culinary Anthology ~
Recipes crafted with the fruit and flavours of peace . . .
. . . and blended with stories of hope and reconciliation.
A community project, which was born out of lock-down
between fruit farmers in Colombia and their aficionados in the British Isles
Enjoy the Taster below!
~ everyday food, easy & fun ~
Andean Blackberry & Apple* ~ juice by the jug
Mora & Banana Overnight Oats* ~ an all day breakfast
Mora Ice Cream* ~ quick & easy, ready to scoop
~ something special for someone special ~
The Mora Cupcake ~ a teatime treat, or coffee & cake
Andean Blackberry Salsas* ~ sweet & sour for BBQs
Choco Mora Mantecada shortcake to impress
~ catering to everyone’s tastes ~
Mora Muffins* ~ moreish mouthfuls
Mora Ring Cake ~ fill with fruit & flowers for Harvest Festival
Mora Choco Brownies* ~ tantalising tray bakes
~ mixing it up with style ~
Mora, Beetroot & Ginger Smoothie* ~ super healthy
Andean Blackberry Softails* ~ Herb Garden Mixology
Mora Milk Shakes* ~ with coconut, cocoa or cashew milk
~ culinary crafts, great gifts ~
Andean Blackberry Jam* ~ Dulce de Mora
Andean Blackberry, Apple & Ginger Chutney ~ with Panela
Mora Chocolate Dip or Spread* ~ on desserts or croissants
~ all recipes marked* can easily be made by beginners ~
and now, fasten your seat belts for a tour of the flavours of peace
all the videos below introduce stories of peace & flavours – and are all wonderful projects in the public realm carried out by other organisations as credited in each audiovisual
~ connecting with Ireland where dreams of peace also came true ~
Antioquia and the Zona Cafetera make up perhaps the most progressive, go-ahead region in Colombia. Its people, los paisas, are very entrepreneurial and work the mountain slopes of the Andes Cordillera.
Maracuyá (passionfruit) is being grown in Briceño: Near Anorí (visited by the President of the Republic of Ireland), this municipality was chosen to be a pilot transformation muncipality with the UN FAO.
~ connecting with the hills & vales of Scotland & Wales ~
Cauca, in the South West, is home to the indigenous communities of the Paez or Nasa and Guambianos. As well as sugar cane, maize, rice, banana, agave, yucca, potatoes, coconut, sorghum, cocoa, coffee, groundnut & palm, Cauca is also home to Araza, or “Andean blueberry”, a super fruit high in antioxidants.
Coffee is a speciality of Cauca. There are wonderful coffee lands among the hills and valleys, which the Federation of Coffee Growers classifies in 4 regions.
~ connecting with the West Country and West Midlands ~
Cordoba, on the Atlantic coast north of the border with Panama, is the centre of cattle ranching. The region also grows maize, cotton, rice, yucca, plantain, coconut and mango.
Cashew (Marañon) production could quadruple just to meet current national demand. For the surge of interest in plant-based food, there is cashew butter, cashew flour and cashew milk, not to mention the fruit of the cashew for jams, vinegar and wine.
~ connecting with East Anglia and Eastern England ~
Arauca is a land of prairies and the River Arauca is the boundary with Venezuela. The prairies (llanos) have widen open skies – and their own style of music, played with the harp and el cuatro, a four-stringed type of mandolin.
Cocoa: Elizabeth Agudelo, growing cocoa with all her heart, is an inspiration! Her company Aroma a Cacao produces 7 gourmet bars of chocolate, which tell the story of Arauca en cocoa with notes of coffee, citrus, fried plantain and four other flavours. There are 4,600 cocoa growers in the surrounding region.
~ connecting with The Thames Valley (Greater London) ~
Caquetá is a territory which borders the Amazon Rainforest. The River Caguán is the longest river in Colombia, 2,820km.
Amazonian Exotic Fruits are a whole world of their own – not only are their flavours amazing, so are their names! The best known are: Arazá (Amazonian guava or pear), Cocona (Amazonian lulo) and Copoazú (from the same family as Cocoa, its nut is used to make white chocolate). Other fruits are Camu-camu, Caimito, Caimitillo, Caimorana, Carambola, Charihuelo, Pitomba, Pitango, Pildoro and many more . . .
Here is the story of a group who laid down their weapons in the peace process and are now growing pineapple and running a fruit pulp plant ~ see video from 3 mins onwards.