Key Lime and Ambarella Juice

Key Lime and Ambarella Juice.

Key lime and ambarella juice is a symphony of flavours: the prominent tartness of the ambarella, the sourness of the key lime juice and the sweetness of the sugar all bound and amplified by a tiny pinch of salt. Lack of any of these flavours and the juice falls flat, but it is a versatile juice all the same. Adjust the amount of sugar as necessary.

Ambarella, and its 20 other different names.

Spondias dulcis, ambarella, (and its alternative binomial, Spondias cytherea, Malay apple), or golden apple, is an equatorial or tropical tree, with edible fruit containing a fibrous pit. It is known by many names in various regions, including pomme cythere in Trinidad and Tobago, June plum in Bermuda and Jamaica, juplon in Costa Rica, jobo indio in Venezuela, caja-manga in Brazil, and quả cóc in Vietnam, and Kedondong in Indonesia. Around here in Malaysia, we usually call it umbra (short of Ambarella), the small, green and tart fruit that is uniquely refreshing with its sourness.


Recipe for Key Lime and Ambarella Juice
Ingredients
10 to 15 ambarellas, clean and chopped
2 to 3 tablespoon lime juice (from about 2 to 3 key limes)
1/3 cup to 1/2 cup granulated sugar
3 cups water
Slices of key lime and ambarella for decoration
A pinch of salt

Direction
  1. To make simple sugar syrup: In a small saucepan bring to a boil the sugar, and one cup of water. Once the sugar is dissolved (which it should be by the time the water boils), remove from heat and let cool for for a few minutes.
  2. Juice the ambarella. Gradually add 1 to 1 1/2 cups water along with the juice. Strain juice into a wide-mouthed serving container. Add 1/2 the simple sugar syrup, key lime juice, and salt. Mix thoroughly. Taste for sour/sweet balance. If too sour, add more sugar syrup.
  3. Chill, or serve immediately over ice.

Umbra juice is as common as apple, orange and watermelon juice in this part of the world. MommyC and DaddyS usually love their umbra juice with a pickled salted plum, JBoy likes it straight-up and BlurSis usually had it watered down with sugar. Regardless of how it is served, umbra juice holds a special place in our family. So, when  Louise, the lovely lady behind Months of Edible Celebration is hosting an on-line picnic called "The Picnic Game", I thought of bringing a jug of icy cold Key Lime and Ambarella Juice to share with her the other lovely bloggers as well.

Louise will do a round-up on 1st July of all the picnic goodies that everyone has brought. Meanwhile let's take a look at what we are bringing for our picnic ...


I'm going for a picnic and I'm bringing ...



This recipe is also linked to:
Meatless Monday
Full Plate Thursday

Comments

  1. Hi Jocelyn!

    Oh my heavens, just look at that refreshing goodness you are toting to the Picnic Game. I'll be sitting in your area for sure! How else would I ever get to enjoy the flavor of Ambarella which I have never seen in my neck of the woods!!! That's what so wonderful about celebrating International Picnic Day!!!

    Thank you so much for sharing and joining in on the fun!

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    1. Hi Louise!

      Thank you for dropping by! Glad that you like this tropical fruit juice!

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  2. This is so interesting, never come across Ambarella juice before... so refreshing!

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    1. Yes! They usually go by the name "kedondong" or "umbra" or "sa lei" or even "amokana", and the juice is readily available in most coffee shops here (Malaysia). They serve it with asamboi, which is equally divine on a hot day!

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  3. I've never heard of nor seen ambarellas. Thanks for introducing us to something new!! Sounds like a great juice and I'm very curious as to how it taste.

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    1. Hi mjskit,

      The fruit is tart, sour and very crunchy, sort of like a seedless green apple, only less sweet and very much greener!

      Thank you for visiting and have a nice day!

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  4. Our favourite drink! I have however never made it at home before! My daughter loves it! Yum, so refreshing! This is gonna be a great picnic party!

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    1. Yeap, our favourite too! We usually order by the big glasses at asia cafe. You should try to make them at home for the kids, its very much less sweeter and more authentic.

      Have a wonderful weekend ahead!

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  5. I have never had or heard of Ambarella before, but boy does this drink look fabulous!! Love the vibrant green color! Perfect for any picnic…I’m glad you’re bringing it to ours!

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    1. Hi Kathy,

      Perfect for any picnic indeed! I am sure we will have a wonderful picnic!

      Thanks for visiting and have a wonderful weekend ahead!

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  6. yeah, i take them with asamboi too..in the coffeeshops. I really like the natural green here, our picnic is going to be fabulous, see you at the picnic!!

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    1. Hi Lena,

      Glad to find another umbra juice lover! We'll be sipping umbra juice and our picnic will be so much fun!

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  7. Ambarella is brand new to me which is a reason, I am glad, you are bringing it to our picnic. We can now cyber taste it together. Thanks for sharing this with My Meatless Mondays. I look forward to more of your delicious dishes.

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  8. I love a good limeade, and this looks like an amazing limeade :-) Thank you SO much for bring it to Picnic Day, I would never have been able to "taste" ambarella without this.

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  9. I had to look up the Ambarella since I've never seen one. But I love lime so I know I'll enjoy this. In fact I mixed lime juice with cranberry and club soda for last year's picnic game!

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  10. Oh man, this making me so thirsty.lol! Make sure you bring a few more jars over to the picnic.
    Kristy

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  11. Just pinned your great recipe, thanks for sharing on Full Plate Thursday and hope you are having a great week end!
    Miz Helen

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  12. Fascinating to hear of a totally new fruit that hasn't even reached the most exotic fruit vendors in the US yet (as far as I know). It sounds like a great picnic beverage. Good thing we are doing it virtually as none of us could obtain the ingredients!

    best... Mae at maefood.blogspot.com -- also the letter A

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  13. This looks fabulous! I'm not familiar with amarellas... must have had them in Brazil, but don't remember. and probably not with key limes. Will do a search to see if ambarellas have made it to locovore Berkeley

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  14. Hi! I'm visiting from the picnic game. This looks delicious and refreshing and such a beautiful green colour. I've never heard of Ambarellas before and would love to try this!

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  15. I always order this drink at the coffee shop. I have never thought of making this at home. You have made a very nice presentation.

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