Choko harvest and processing
Due to the improved fertility on our property, our harvests are increasing substantially! Today Tom harvested 75 kilos of Chokos! Unfortunately chokos do not do well as a cash crop, as people do not really know what to do with them. They are really yummy roasted, but one roasted choko or maybe two is enough per meal, and we cannot get through them all before they start to get too old… We have set aside the best looking ones to sell at the local fruit and veg shop in Pomona, but they do not sell well, so we have had to try out something new. I knew this day was coming, so a couple of weeks ago I tried salting and dehydrating choko. It turned out to be a nice chip, a bit more chewy than your conventional potato crisps, but a nice little snack nonetheless. And this way the chokos will keep a lot longer too!
So today after morning tea we all sat down and peeled, cored and cut chokos. One half I mixed with salt only and the other half I mixed with salt and chilli sauce. This is now in the dehydrator at around 41C for the next 2 days. On Friday we will have to do the same again, but we will try out a sweet version then… Hopefully the choko chips will make a nice snack for me to take with me on the plane to Brazil, where I will be performing in May!
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