Mayapple Ricotta Toast

Mayapples taste like pineapple, passionfruit, and lemon! This recipe pairs mayapple pulp with just a couple ingredients to accent their tropical flavor.

Mayapple Ricotta Toast
Mayapple Ricotta Toast

Are Mayapples Edible?

Mayapples (Podophyllum peltatum) are toxic at most stages of their life cycle – only the fully ripe, completely yellow/white fruits are edible (but even then, the seeds contain toxins!). It’s usually considered too labor intensive and risky to eat for beginning foragers – but if you get the chance to taste the ripe fruit, you’ll understand while people go to great lengths to harvest it!

What do Mayapples Taste Like?

Mayapples have a flavor all their own, but taste distinctly tropical: somewhere between pineapple, passionfruit, and lemon. It’s tart without being overtly sour, sweet without being cloying – bright and zingy!

How do you eat Mayapples?

It’s pretty uncommon to harvest a large quantity of mayapples (let alone a single one – the animals usually get them first), so most people just enjoy them deseeded as a raw snack to savor their flavor. This recipe gives you all the goodness of the unadulterated mayapple flavor, but we’ve paired it with a few ingredients to accent their flavor:

-The ricotta gives you fat to balance the pulp’s acidity.

-The honey brings out a little sweetness

-The red pepper flakes provide a sharp contrast that helps the mayapple flavor sparkle

Mayapple Ricotta Toast
toast bread
Mayapple Ricotta Toast
spread ricotta
Mayapple Ricotta Toast
layer mayapple pulp
Mayapple Ricotta Toast
top with honey, red pepper flakes, and flakey salt

Mayapple Ricotta Toast

Mayapples taste like pineapple, passionfruit, and lemon! This recipe pairs mayapple pulp with just a couple ingredients to accent their tropical flavor.
Prep Time5 mins
Total Time5 mins
Course: Brunch, lunch, Snack
Keyword: mayapple, toast
Yield: 1 serving
Author: JB Douglas
Cost: 5

Equipment

  • 1 toaster or skillet to fry in

Materials

  • 1 slice bread, such as ciabatta
  • 1/4 cup ricotta
  • 2 tbsp deseeded mayapple pulp
  • honey, to taste [optional]
  • red pepper flakes, to taste
  • flakey salt, to taste

Instructions

  • 1. Toast or fry bread until deeply golden brown. Cool to room temperature.
  • 2. Spread ricotta on the toasted bread, then spoon mayapple pulp on top. Drizzle with honey (if using), and sprinkle with red pepper flakes and flakey salt.

Notes

Most parts of the mayapple plant are toxic throughout most of the plant's lifecycle. Only the fully ripe fruit is edible, and care need to be taken to deseed the fruits prior to consumption. Do not consume mayapples unless you are 100% of their identification and ripeness.

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