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December 25, 2011 1:16 PM   Subscribe

As you bake your apple, pumpkin, and mince meat pies, how about some tropical alternatives? Jackfruit, papaya, starfruit, pineapple, mango, durian, and guava.
posted by Xurando (20 comments total) 10 users marked this as a favorite

 
Oh I love me some jackfruit. But durian... I once put durian popsicles in the work freezer. That was the worst thing I've ever done.
posted by hanoixan at 1:23 PM on December 25, 2011 [1 favorite]


We're eating Tourtière, son.
posted by nathancaswell at 1:35 PM on December 25, 2011


They all sound delicious except the durian. Nasty stuff. My son who lives in Singapore ate some on a dare when he went out with some friends. He pretty much eats anything but said that was really bad.

On the other hand if you are making a pie to hit someone in the face, the durian could add an extra touch of horror.
posted by mermayd at 2:10 PM on December 25, 2011 [1 favorite]


Durian pie? Oh no no no no.
posted by pemberkins at 2:33 PM on December 25, 2011


Durian just has a nasty smell. But luckily we are spared, in this thread at least, from a true abomination, an unremembered horror from some forgotten dungeon dimension, a plant that will gaze into the very darkest depths of your mortal soul, after which insanity will be but a relief.
posted by Pyrogenesis at 3:13 PM on December 25, 2011 [5 favorites]


Pomme Cythère or whatever you want to call it, makes a lovely tart.
posted by it's a long way to south america at 3:26 PM on December 25, 2011


I don't get what all the fuss is about with Durian smell. Guess I'm just immune or something. I'll have to try the pie, probably without pumpkin. Some of the others sound tasty too.
posted by scalefree at 4:14 PM on December 25, 2011


Oh, I had a Vietnamese roommate for a brief time in college, and I'd never heard of durian. I complained for a few days about the weird bad smell that I couldn't quite place, and she couldn't figure it out either, and then on my own I realized it was the durian, and never mentioned the smell to her again. Now I know, but I swear I did not think that smell came from a non spoiled fruit.
posted by sweetkid at 4:32 PM on December 25, 2011


.... pour it into a pie mold. Let it dry in sun for a few hours.

New favorite line found in a recipe.

I loves me some pie, but having eaten all these fruits fresh in the tropics, putting them in pie just seems wrong. They are too fabulous on their own.

Except for star fruit, which is bested on the List of Disappointing, Boring Fruits only by dragon fruit.

As for durian.... that is one of the first things I mention when people ask me what I miss about living in Thailand. The texture! The flavor! Mmmm....! As for its fragrant scent -- well, you know the day it comes into season and arrives at the market - how can that be a bad thing?
posted by jaruwaan at 5:17 PM on December 25, 2011 [3 favorites]


Now that my kitchen stuff is out of storage, I've been baking a lot to make up for lost time with my stand mixer and food processor. I made a mango tart and a quince tart from my William Sonoma Pies & Tarts cookbook. I wasn't bowled over by either.
posted by shoesietart at 5:42 PM on December 25, 2011


The only way to eat mango properly is on your back, shirtless, with the overly ripe chilled mango cut into juicy, dripping chunks. Hold over face and drop into mouth, caring little if anything drips on your body.
posted by Deathalicious at 6:29 PM on December 25, 2011 [1 favorite]


We had peppermint pie. I don't know what is wrong with my relatives.
posted by maryr at 6:33 PM on December 25, 2011


...Also, if I ate mangoes that way, I would probably be arrested.

And cold.
posted by maryr at 6:34 PM on December 25, 2011 [1 favorite]


Overly ripe mango tastes like fish.
posted by nathancaswell at 8:35 PM on December 25, 2011


I can take or leave fresh durian (though I've never thought the smell was bad, just strong), but frozen durian has the exact consistency of ice cream (and doesn't smell). Mmm. Starfruit is pretty dull on its own, though it's not bad in salads.

I was all set to agree with jaruwaan about all these fruits being too delicious to stick in pies, but then I remembered that one of my mother's specialities is miroir aux mangues -- basically, mango mousse cake. So kind of like a pie, but better.
posted by bettafish at 10:44 PM on December 25, 2011


Icecream made from squidgy ripe mango and perfectly ripe passionfruit pulled off the fence right about NOW is the best combination in the world. Have it with the pie.

The only way to eat mango properly is on your back, shirtless, with the overly ripe chilled mango cut into juicy, dripping chunks. Hold over face and drop into mouth, caring little if anything drips on your body.

Yup. You are the wisest deathalicious ever, good sir. The real joy of it is that week or so at the peak of some seasons where they sell for less than shipping cost, and you just buy box after box, eat all you can, then start stripping out the skins and seeds, and freezing the pulp for icy cold goodness all year long. They lose a bit of fragrance, but ripe enough, it just doesn't matter.

As for durian, I've been swearing for years that sensitivity to the smell has gotta be genetic. Even allowing for the modern not so stinky breeds, there's just too much variation in people's reaction to it.
posted by Ahab at 11:21 PM on December 25, 2011


The only way to eat mango properly is on your back, shirtless, with the overly ripe chilled mango cut into juicy, dripping chunks. Hold over face and drop into mouth, caring little if anything drips on your body.

Nope. Pluck it off the tree, peel it with your teeth, then sink them right into it, tenderly, hungrily, evilly, like you're a vampire and it's somebody's virgin throat. I do agree about the dripping.
posted by two or three cars parked under the stars at 1:51 AM on December 26, 2011 [2 favorites]


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posted by nathancaswell at 9:05 AM on December 26, 2011 [2 favorites]


Man, metafilter really hates durian. I get that many people find its smell really off-putting, but its just something you need to grow accustomed to. I think stinky cheese and dry cured hams can smell and taste just as weird and "disgusting". The first time I ate prosciutto I felt like a pig had put its trotter in my mouth, but now its one of my favourite foods.
posted by destrius at 6:32 PM on December 26, 2011


two or three cars parked under the stars: "The only way to eat mango properly is on your back, shirtless, with the overly ripe chilled mango cut into juicy, dripping chunks. Hold over face and drop into mouth, caring little if anything drips on your body.

Nope. Pluck it off the tree, peel it with your teeth, then sink them right into it, tenderly, hungrily, evilly, like you're a vampire and it's somebody's virgin throat. I do agree about the dripping.
"

Ohhh man. Never had a mango straight off the tree although I'm pretty sure the ones I was eating by the kilo in Cairo were pretty damn fresh.

I did eat a date straight off the tree once. Incredible.
posted by Deathalicious at 8:40 AM on December 27, 2011


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