Discover the fruit African elephants go crazy over once a year, and how to use it in tasty food and drink ideas
In subequatorial Africa, the finicky marula tree refuses to be cultivated, and therefore only grows wild in locations it chooses. The tree fruits once a year, at the peak of summer, and when elephants start arriving in droves, having travelled vast distances to get a taste of the ripe fruit, that’s when the locals know it’s ready to be harvested.
From here the fruit is turned into a special marula wine which is then distilled to turn it into a spirit. After aging in French oak barrels, cream is added to make the award-winning liqueur Amarula (RRP$30.99). Chosen as Brand of the Year at the 2017 World Branding Awards, Amarula has not just been recognized for its deliciously fruity, vanilla, peppery and creamy taste, the brand is also committed to supporting African wildlife initiatives – particularly for local elephants who, after all, are a key part of the marula fruit harvest.
AMARULA FOOD & DRINK IDEAS
Start the evening right with this blend of Amarula Cream, mango juice and fresh chilli. Serves 1
60ml Amarula Cream
90ml pure mango juice
¼ teaspoon de-seeded and chopped red chilli
dried mango slivers to garnish (optional)
Combine the Amarula Cream, pure mango juice and chopped red chilli in a cocktail shaker or sealed container and shake well, or blend in a blender. Pour over into a highball glass over crushed ice and garnish with dried mango slivers if using.
Beef Stir Fry with Amarula and Coconut Cream
This stir fry blends warming spices with rich, fruity and coconut flavours. Recipe serves 4
6 spring onions, chopped
1 tablespoon grated ginger
3 garlic cloves, crushed
1 small red chilli, chopped
salt and pepper
410g coconut cream
50ml Amarula Cream
50ml fresh coriander leaves
1 teaspoon sesame seed oil
500g beef, sliced
500g egg noodles
Heat sesame oil in a wok and fry the spring onion, ginger, garlic and chilli.
Add the beef strips and fry until almost cooked.
Season with salt and pepper.
Add the coconut cream and simmer for 10 minutes.
Add the Amarula Cream and allow to heat through.
Serve with coriander leaves and egg noodles.
Poured over ice cream, Amarula is the cheat’s way to create a quick but super delicious dessert. Top scoops of vanilla, coconut or banana ice cream with a shot of Amarula Cream, and sprinkle with chopped nuts and grated dark chocolate.
Amarula On Ice
With flavours of vanilla and caramel, this velvety smooth sip makes for the perfect end to an evening, enjoyed neat over ice.