CHOCOLATE PUDDING FRUIT MOUSSE (Black Persimmon Mousse)
The chocolate pudding tree (Diospyros digyna) is a fast growing,
everygreen tree that bears fruit within a year of two of establishment.
The fruit can be harvested from the tree when the calyx at the stem
starts to lift from the fruit and the fruit develops a dull green
(rather than shiny green) colour. Leave the fruit indoors in the fruit
bowl to ripen fully. Once the fruit is soft and chocolate brown inside
(just when you think you should throw it out), it is ready for eating
fresh or making this delicious mousse.
The original recipe for this mousse is contained in Know and Enjoy Tropical Fruit
written by James Darley. That recipe adds rum or brandy but I prefer Kahlua or Tia Maria.
Add extra icing sugar as required to sweeten and thicken the mousse.
Make sure the cream is stiffly whipped.
Remove the fruit pulp from the skin, discarding the seeds. Sieve the icing sugar and mix with fruit pulp. Whip
the cream and
fold it lightly into the fruit. Finally add the Kahlua or Tia Maria and
mix gently. Transfer mousse to serving bowls and refrigerate. The mousse can also be frozen for later
use, and consumed frozen of thawed.
You can freeze whole
chocolate pudding fruit once ripe. They keep quite well in a frozen
state for several months.
If you have a
chocolate pudding tree that was grown from seed, is over five years old
and has grown well but never produced any fruit, you may be unfortunate
enough to have a sterile or male flowering tree. Most trees are bisexual
and only one tree needs to be grown to achieve a bountiful harvest.