Ingredient to Watch: keep your eye on the Calamansi, a citrus fruit yielding form Southeast Asia and popular in Filipino and some Malaysian cuisine.

Having featured sporadically on some menus over the US over the last couple of years, this bold-flavored ingredient has already been included in popular drinks at hot spots such as Ma’am Sir and at Sari Sari Store in Grand Central Market.

Mimicking something in between a sour orange or slightly sweeter lime, Calamansi looks set to replicate the popularity that Yuzu experienced several years back during the 2010 wave of Japanese bartending techniques and ingredients that became popular across Europe and the US.

What are your opinions on Calamansi and its relatives, the Pomelo and Yuzu fruits? Leave your comments below.

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