A kenari nut is a kind of nut that grows on trees that belong to the genus of Canarium, which is found mostly on the southern hemisphere. Though not all of these trees bear edible fruits or nuts, the ones in Indonesia definitely do, which is why the kenari nut is sometimes called Java almond. I don’t generally like nuts very much, so I ended up giving this a slightly higher Fear Factor than most people would, but bear with me.
I didn’t actually seek this nut out. It was presented as part of a chef’s tasting menu at acclaimed restaurant Mozaic in Ubud. The chef had candied some of the nuts as a garnish and extra texture to go along a starfruit dessert. I soon found that kenari nuts are called Java almonds for more reason than one as they do indeed resemble an almond. That’s a good thing to me as I don’t mind almonds as much as I do other nuts. They had a similar texture but also a certain sweetness. Though that could have just been because of the sugar coating.
Fear Factor – 4 / Taste Test – 7