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SUPERFOOD SERIES: Cupuaçu

Posted by on 18th April 2017

How would you pronounce cupuaçu?

Cupuaçu is a “super fruit” that comes from South America and is extremely potent with antioxidants and other powerful nutrients.

It is the size of a medium watermelon, is related to the cocoa bean and has a name that is ineligible for trademark despite several attempts.

The creamy white or buttery yellow pulp at the centre of the large melon-shaped fruit has been a primary food source for natives in the rainforest for centuries. They become ripe from January to April during the rainy season. The large, oblong-shaped fruit with a hard outer brown shell can weigh from 2 to 4 pounds.

After falling from the tree, cupuaçu are gathered, split open, and the pulp is made into juice, ice cream and jam. The pulp contains a handful (20-30) grape-sized oval brown seeds. These can be pressed to make cupuaçu butter, rich in phytosterols and fatty acids that contain high moisturising and antioxidant properties to rejuvenate and make the skin more supple and hair more lustrous, while the vitamins along with the fatty acids protect against cardiovascular disease, memory lost, and mood swings.

Those who have eaten cupuaçu say it has a sweet fragrant aroma, a powerful indicator of the fruit’s ripeness. The moment you split the shell open your senses fill with the tropical aroma of pineapple and pears, banana and even grapefruit. The pulp has the richness of chocolate with the sweet flavours of pears, pineapple and banana.

Cupuaçu, the national fruit of Brazil, boosts energy levels but does not contain caffeine. It is one of the few cocoa relatives that does not.

There are many health benefits to cupuaçu, most of which are tied to the fruit’s extremely potent phytonutrient polyphenols and antioxidants and essential nutrients and vitamins, which are known to boost the gastro-intestinal system; in fact the inhabitants of the rain forest use it for that purpose.

This fruit offers an ample supply of vitamin B1, B2, Niacin, vitamins A and C. Being from the cocoa family, cupuaçu also has a high flavonoid content.

Its primary health benefit is stimulating the immune system while simultaneously supporting the body’s ability to fight disease.

Another huge benefit of the fruit is its extremely rich array and concentration of antioxidants. These have a large number of longer-term effects on the body including (and possibly most importantly) the neutralization of free radicals in the body’s tissues. The improved circulation and lowered cholesterol and blood pressure aid in this process of eliminating those free radicals.

To top if off, the shell of the cupuaçu fruit can be used for energy production due to its timber like characteristics.

It’s no wonder that its name is translated as ‘food for the gods’.

Oh and the pronunciation of cupuaçu is “koo-poo-wa-soo”.

JUICED @ THE WICKET CUPUAÇU BOWL

Ingredients

½ cup cupuaçu pulp
½ a small banana
2 strawberries
2 small pieces of pineapple
a splash of agave nectar

Method

Blend all ingredients together until smooth. Top with granola, coconut shavings, bee pollen, hemp seeds and banana and strawberries. Enjoy.

April in Cricket Square

Posted by on 5th April 2017

Spring has Sprung at Cricket Square

Cocktail King Dinner: 7pm, Friday 28 April

Shake, rattle and roll! Cocktail extraordinaire Gregory Genias, aka “Bootleg Greg“, will be shaking up a storm at our Cocktail Extravaganza with Brasserie Purveyors’ spirits at the Restaurant. Enjoy a welcome cocktail and canapés on arrival, followed by a four course cocktail-paired dinner for CI$100 (incl. grats). For an entertaining evening book here.

Final Harvest Dinner for this series

Don’t miss our last Harvest Dinner until November! Join us at 7pm on Thursday 27 April for this unique farm-to-table experience where our talented chefs from Mexico will be adding their unique home town flavours to the best of our end of season harvest. Enjoy with wine pairings for CI$90 (incl. grats). Hurry and book your seat at the table.

End of series Cooking Class

Our final Cooking Class for the series is on Sunday 30 April. Learn tips and tricks in the kitchen with our experienced chefs Dean Max and Thomas Tennant. Create your own flavoursome three-course feast using fresh and seasonal produce. Our March class sold out quickly so book early to avoid disappointment. Classes will resume October 2017.

Easter sweet treats at The Market

Our Pastry Chef’s Easter treats will be sold at The Market from Monday 10 – Thursday 13 April. Enjoy mouthwatering Hot Cross Buns, Easter Sugar Cookies and Peanut Butter Cup Truffles. The RestaurantMarket and Juiced@ The Wicket will be closed on Good Friday (14 April) and Easter Monday (17 April). We are open on Tuesday 18 April.

SWIRL: 5-7pm, Thursday 20 April

Dijon mustard, beef bourguignon and Pinot Noir and Chardonnay grapes. How many culinary delights can one region be famous for? The French region of Burgundy can proudly claim all. Burgundy wines are believed to be some of the greatest in the world, so join us to find out what all the fuss is about. SWIRL tickets are CI$30 (incl. grats). Email Corey to book.

Free juice at Juiced @ The Wicket

Buy 10 juices or smoothies from our delicious menu and get one FREE. Collect your Juiced @ card from Sharon at The Wicket and reward yourself with a healthy and delicious treat from our extensive menu that incorporates the freshest seasonal produce on island. In a hurry? Call 927 6419 and order ahead.

Earth Day: Saturday 22 April

Bring your reusable travel mug to The Market for FREE drip coffee all day. While you’re there grab a bag of coffee grounds from our wheelbarrow to add to your garden soil. The coffee will release nitrogen, potassium and phosphorous to support plant growth. Also collect some of our mutton pepper seedlings and together, let’s bring back the Cayman pepper!

Power Pilates Bootcamp at Energy

Get ready for eight total body blasting Pilates Reformer classes and four Group Fitness classes for $225. Choose from Group A (Tuesdays and Thursdays from 6:30-7:15am) or Group B (Tuesdays and Thursdays from 1-1:45pm). ENERGY’s next Power Pilates Bootcamp starts on Tuesday 4 April and runs for four weeks. Contact Colleen to register.

SUPERFOOD SERIES: Açaí Berry

Posted by on 20th March 2017

When next walking through the Amazon rain forests, look up, and you’ll see açaí (pronounced ah-sigh-EE) berries growing in huge clusters near the tops of the palm trees. Similar in appearance to a blueberry, açaí berries contain many health properties; an exciting discovery given that many associate the flavour of açaí with dark chocolate.

The açaí berry is a good source of fibre, antioxidants and heart-healthy fats. Açaí has more than double the antioxidants of blueberries and nearly ten times that of grapes. Antioxidants strengthen our immune system and aid in neutralising damaging free radicals. For that reason, these berries should be part of a healthy diet.

The fibre found in açaí berry skin and pulp can aid digestion, help prevent or relieve constipation and may help support a healthy cardiovascular system. Açaí berries contain amino acids, which help promote muscle performance, boost energy levels, endurance and strength. If that’s not enough goodness, this superfood contain as much vitamin C as blueberries and they are also a source of Vitamins A, B1, B2, B3 and E, as well as a source of calcium, magnesium, zinc and copper.

Harvesting açaí is hard work as the trees have no branches and each cluster of berries needs to be cut and brought down manually in order to preserve the fruit and pulp. The fruit, which is the size of a small grape, is delicate, which means that transporting it is difficult. To add to the expense of açaí, it’s best if the berries are freeze-dried within 24 hours to keep their nutritional profile intact.  That’s why you are most likely to find the açaí berry as an ingredient in smoothies, juice or in our refreshing and delicious Açaí Bowl on the menu at Juiced @ The Wicket.

JUICED @ AÇAÍ BOWL

Ingredients

½ cup frozen açaí pulp
a splash of orange juice
½ banana or a small cup of strawberries
a sprinkle of coconut
a sprinkle of granola
banana and strawberries, sliced, for topping

Method

Blend the açaí pulp, orange juice, strawberries and banana together. Pour into a bowl and sprinkle with coconut and granola, and top with fruit.