Prune Mui is an unique Hawaiian dried fruit local snack. It is basically marinaded dried fruit. This is one of those local favorite with Chinese root. Mui in Chinese refers to preserved fruit. The fruit consist of prune (of course), mixture of dried fruit such as apricot, cherry, dried berries. One of the key ingredient is "Wet lemon peel" it is preserved lemon. You can get it in a bag in Hawaiian on the snack isle. It is not available here, so I need to make my own. With not all the ingredients are ready available on mainland, I adapted this recipe to what we can easily find in the grocery stores. I also have to adjust the method a little for our winter season here.
Prune Mui is very popular around the Holidays, great to share with friends and family. Give this a try!
I made my own preserved lemon here. It is very simple, just need some patience. Recipe is included at the end.
Hawaiian Prune Mui (Marinaded dried fruit snack)
1 lb dried pitted prunes
Suggestion: dried tart cherries
candied ginger, but into small pieces.
1 Preserved lemon
5-6 preserved Kumquat (optional)
2 cups brown sugar
2 tbsp Hawaiian Alaea salt (red salt)
1 tsp Li Hing powder
1/2 tsp five spice powder
1 tsp whole cloves
Juice of 1 lemon
2 tbsp whisky, scotch or brandy
Chopped preserved lemon into small pieces, make sure all the seeds were removed. Set aside
Here is the alternative method
Transfer all mixed fruit to a large pot over low heat till the sugar melt
Let the fruit "sit" for 2-3 days to develop the flavor. The fruit will be sticky with a sweet and salt taste. Traditionally, you don't need to refrigerate this since it is dried fruit, however if you live in a humid climate, I would store the jar in the fridge.
You will find the Preserved lemon recipe next.