Treats made with Hawaii-grown fruits
Sponsored by the Hawaii State Department of Agriculture
Maui Fruit Jewels was founded in 2012 by husband and wife team Chris and Lin ter Horst. Lin became a trained pastry chef at Le Cordon Bleu. When the couple arrived on Maui, Lin originally wanted to start a French patisserie while Chris trained full-time to become a professional triathlete. However, the abundance of exotic tropical fruit available at farmers markets inspired them and Lin instead leveraged her pastry training to develop delicious and unique products.
Everything Maui Fruit Jewels makes is centered on Hawaii-grown fruits, and the company offer four different product lines. Maui Fruit Jewels launched its fruit puree line in April 2020, which are purees made from Hawaii-grown fruits. These can be used to make a number of things, including syrup for pancakes or waffles, ice cream, cakes or even mousses. The purees come in four flavors: Lilikoi passion fruit, guava, pineapple, and banana.
Exotic fruit jellies are the first original product line the company created, and they’re described as “divine fruit gummies for adults,” made from Hawaii-grown fruits, of course. These are inspired by the traditional French confection, “pates de fruits.” You can get these fruit jellies in over 18 flavors, including noni, turmeric, and Hawaiian chili pepper. Packaged in premium gift boxes makes it a great way to share the flavors of the islands.
Hawaii fruit paste is Maui Fruit Jewel’s answer to the traditional quince paste that originated in Europe. Fruit paste is best served in thin slices as an accompaniment to artisan cheese and crackers, served as appetizers or dessert at dinner. Maui Fruit Jewel’s fruit paste is offered in five flavors: Lilikoi Passion Fruit, guava, pineapple, Hawaii Chili Pepper Pineapple, and Turmeric Ginger Pineapple.
Maui Fruit Jewels launched its shortbread with Hawaii fruits line in 2019. These are rich shortbread flavored with vanilla and also features the company’s fruit jellies from Hawaii-grown fruits. They come in three different sizes: 5-piece, 10-piece and 20-piece gift boxes. Each box contains five different shortbread fruit flavors: Lilikoi Passion Fruit, mango, guava, pineapple, and papaya
All its products are available at mauifruitjewels.com. You can also find its products at most grocery stores and gift shops in Hawaii, including ABC Stores, Foodland, Whole Foods, Down to Earth, Whalers General Stores, Neiman Marcus, Dean & Deluca, and many others.
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