Throughout the year, I make small batches of numerous truffle collections based on seasonal ingredients such as cherry blossoms in the Spring and calabaza pumpkins in the fall. They come and go based on the time of year and are often limited by the ingredients availability. Our Collection of Zion arrives in the fall, just when I can find Caribbean calabaza to roast into the Lion truffle along with allspice berry and dark chocolate. Topped with a pumpkin seed, this truffle is a welcome to fall flavors.
Our final batch of these Jamaican-inspired truffles has been made and as always, I feel a little saddened to say goodbye to one collection before my heart lifts with excitement for the next. My taste buds are fickle, usually loving whichever truffles I am currently concocting. However before these Zion truffles are going, going… gone… I would like to treat one reader to a 16 piece box. Leave a comment on this post and by Thursday I’ll randomly choose the lucky winner who will be nibbling through a fresh box of truffles by next week!
The Zion collection was created in celebration of my mentor, the great Bob Marley and the island of Jamaica with its fascinating blend of cultures, Rastafarianism and reggae. Jamaican inhabitants came from around the globe, bringing with them cooking techniques, flavors and the spices of their homelands. Blending this with the bountiful harvest of the tropical island brought forth some of the most flavorful cuisine in the Caribbean. These are some the flavors which inspire the Zion collection… Jamaican allspice, with its essence of clove, nutmeg and cinnamon, is used in jerk seasonings, sauces and curries. The sorrel flower, brought from India, blooms in December in deep red shades. This flor de Jamaica makes their traditional holiday beverage and is slightly tart in flavor. Hemp, obvious connection here…, Blue Mountain Coffee and more see below for full details.
I have always been intrigued by the Rastafarian culture. Rastafarians are mostly vegetarian, don’t eat salt nor imbibe alcohol and live off the land harvesting plants, vegetables, fruits and spices. They wear their hair in dreadlocks as a symbol of their commitment to Jah (God) and achieve spiritual enlightenment by smoking kaya. Bob Marley was one of the first Rastas to bring the political struggle against Babylon (modern society) to mainstream music, spreading the message and increasing awareness. It was Marley’s music that guided me for hours while working out the final recipes of this collection. In fact I have 2 dreadlocks that appeared while I was in the midst of creating this collection which I certainly deemed a sign, and still have them today, it was 7 years ago!
Truffle parfums found in the Zion collection:
Lion - allspice berry + calabaza + dark chocolate + pumpkin seed
Kaya – hemp seed nut + milk chocolate
I-tal - Blue Mountain™ coffee + dark chocolate + fresh coconut
Rasta – Jamaican sorrel + fresh ginger + nutmeg + mango + white chocolate + hibiscus flower
Zion – tamarind + scotch bonnet + dark chocolate + cocoa nibs