CHOW! is a beautiful and refreshing dish served in most all households in Trinidad as a staple. It is healthy to the body and delightful to the taste buds to say the least! It touched my soul! Ahhhh… So delicious!!!!
It can range from sweet to tart but is traditionally a mixture of sliced fresh fruits and select veggies, garlic, culantro and spicy peppers, put together in a special way that seems almost magical! WOW!
Make it to your own liking with many different combinations of fruits but just make it! You won’t regret it! It is an absolutely amazing dish and will now be a staple in my home.
1 Guava sliced thin
1 Cucumber sliced thin (half of peel left on)
2 sweet oranges use segments and juice
2 Carambola (Starfruit- 5 Finger) sliced
1 Mango large dice
6 Strawberries sliced
1 jalapeño minced
2 garlic cloves minced
Salt & Pepper to taste
1-2 Limes juiced
1 Bunch Culantro chopped (Recao, Culantro, Cilantro ancho, Mexican Coriander)
In a large bowl combine all the ingredients and stir gently. Allow it to sit refrigerated for approximately 1/2 hour before serving. This allows the dish to come together nicely infusing all those amazing complex flavors! Enjoy!
*I also added a few sweet cherry tomatoes (halved) although this isn’t in a traditional Trinidad chow.