Recipes for rare fruit and tropical fruit in general can be
hard to come by.
hope that you
find these recipes useful with fruits from your own plantings and those
bought in stores. We have tried to show some of the variety available
in our choices. Contact us if you have a recipe to share.
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Savory Stuffed Rambutans
2 cloves garlic, crushed
2 teaspoons (approx) crushed coriander roots (Available in a southeast
2 tablespoons fresh coriander leaves (or parsley)
1/2 pound minced pork
4 tablespoons coarse ground roasted peanuts
4 teaspoons soy sauce
4 tablespoons palm sugar (Available in a southeast Asian Market)
1 chopped de-seeded chili pepper
2 cans rambutans, drained (Available in a southeast Asian market)
Fry crushed garlic and coriander roots in oil. When garlic
is golden, add all other ingredients except rambutans. Cook and stir
until the mixture is browned, and fairly dry. Add rambutans. Cook and
mix well for about 2 minutes. Serve as an entree, hors-d'oeuvre, or as
a main course with rice.
10 medium size Asian pears, peeled
1 cup pear juice
3/4 cup sugar
1/4-cup rice vinegar, or other mild vinegar
1/2 large orange
1 cup golden raisins
2 tbsps. chopped candied ginger
1/8 tsp. ground ginger
1/4 tsp. allspice
Salt and pepper to taste, optional
1 1/2 cups light brown sugar, not packed
aside all but one peeled pear. Mix sugar and water and bring to a boil.
Lower heat. Cut the pear into chunks (discard core) add to syrup. Cook
until pear softens and flavors syrup. Remove from heat and mash fruit.
While syrup is cooking, core pears and chop coarsely,
or dice. Use food processor to finely chop lemon and orange, including
peels. Coarsely chop raisins, and cut ginger into small pieces.
finished pear syrup, add diced pears and chopped citrus, raisins and
ginger Mix in spices and brown sugar. Cook over moderately low heat,
stirring until sugar is dissolved.
Bring to a boil, then simmer,
stirring occasionally for 1 hour, or until it is thick and a small
spoonful holds its shape on a saucer.
Makes about 6 cups
1/2 cup pecan halves
2 tablespoons sherry vinegar
1-tablespoon walnut or hazelnut oil
3 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil
Salt and freshly ground pepper
2 small heads of frisée (14 ounces), torn
1 Fuyu persimmon, thinly sliced crosswise
1 red Bartlett pear, halved, cored and thinly sliced
1 green pear, such as Anjou or Comice, halved, cored and thinly sliced
1 cup red seedless grapes
1 cup green seedless grapes
the oven to 375 degrees. Spread the pecans in a pie plate and toast for
8 minutes, or until golden and fragrant. Let the nuts cool, and then
In a small bowl, whisk together the sherry vinegar, walnut oil and
olive oil; season with salt and pepper.
a large bowl, toss the frisée with the persimmon, pears and grapes. Add
the vinaigrette and toss. Transfer the salad to a platter, garnish with
the pecans and serve.
Makes 6 servings
4 blood oranges
1/2-cup extra-virgin olive oil
6 small green onions
1 head Heirloom lettuce
3/4 cup feta cheese, crumbled
2 tablespoons Balsamic vinegar
1-cup walnuts, broken into small pieces
Freshly ground pepper
1-cup whole olives
a thick slice off the top and bottom of each orange, exposing the flesh
beneath the peel. Working with one orange at a time, holding it firmly,
slice away the peel in wide strips, cutting off all of the pith and
membrane to reveal the fruit sections. Holding each peeled orange over
a bowl, cut along both sides of each section, against the membrane, to
release the whole segments and let drop into a bowl. Set aside. Trim
the green onions, leaving about 1/2 inch of the green top. Cut
crosswise into 1 inch pieces and slice each piece lengthwise into
slivers. Set aside.
Separate the leaves from the core of the
lettuce; rinse and dry. Tear the leaves into small pieces and place in
a bowl. In another bowl, combine the vinegar, salt and pepper to taste;
stir until the salt is dissolved. Add the olive oil gradually while
whisking, then whisk in the honey. Transfer any juice collected in the
bowl of orange segments to another small bowl. Whisk 1 tablespoon juice
into the dressing. Drizzle half of the dressing over the lettuce and
toss to coat well. Add the crumbled cheese and walnuts to the orange
segments. Drizzle in the remaining dressing and carefully toss. Arrange
over the lettuce, garnish with olives. Serves 6.
3 to 4 star fruit, sliced
1/4-cup butter, melted
2/3-cup dark brown sugar
Juice of 2 passion fruit
1/2-cup butter, softened
1 1/2 cups cake flour
1 1/2 teaspoons baking powder
Pinch of salt
1 teaspoon each of vanilla and almond extract
oven to 350F. Arrange sliced star fruit in bottom of a greased 9-inch
cake pan as close together as possible. Mix together 1/4 cup butter,
brown sugar and passion fruit juice and pour into pan, turning so
mixture covers bottom. Set aside. Cream together 1/2 cup of butter and
sugar. Add eggs, one at a time, beat well. Mix together dry
ingredients. Add flour mixture, alternately with milk, to butter
mixture. Stir in vanilla and almond extracts. Pour into prepared cake
pan. Bake for approximately 30 minutes or until cake pulls away form
sides of pan. Let cool for five minutes before inverting onto serving
plate. 8 servings.
6 T butter
4 T sugar
3 egg yolks
1/2-cup cherimoya puree
all ingredients in a double boiler and cook until thick enough to coat
the back of a spoon. Strain through a sieve and cool.
1-cup heavy whipping cream
1 env. Gelatin
Whip heavy cream to soft peaks, reserving 2 T for gelatin.
Mix gelatin with 2 T water to soften. Let sit for 3 minutes. Melt
gelatin in a pan and stir in reserved cream.
Beat curd until light.
Drizzle melted gelatin into whipped cream and continue to beat to firm
Stir 1/3 of whipped cream into cherimoya curd.
Fold in remaining whipped cream.
Chill until served.
1 oz. semi sweet chocolate
1/4 c. light cream
1 9 inch baked pie crust
4 tbsps. sugar
2 egg yolks
2 tbsp. cornstarch
1 1/4 c. milk
1 c. passion fruit puree
1 pkg. unflavored gelatin
3 tbsp. warm water
1 oz. semi sweet chocolate, for the garnish
melt 1 ounce chocolate in microwave; add cream. When mixture is smooth,
pour into baked pie shell and swirl to cover bottom. Refrigerate to
harden chocolate. In a saucepan, beat the sugar and egg yolks together
until light in color. Add the cornstarch and continue to beat. In a
second pan or microwave, warm the milk to tepid. Add to the egg mixture
and heat, stirring constantly. The mixture will become lumpy, then
smooth. The cornstarch prevents the mixture from curdling; it will
become smooth as you beat.
Heat for several minutes to cook the
starch. Take off the heat and add the passion fruit puree. Put the
gelatin and water in a small pan and stir over low heat to soften and
dissolve. Stir dissolved gelatin into the milk mixture. Let cool and
begin to set slightly. Pour mixture into pie shell.
Refrigerate to set. Coarsely chop remaining ounce of chocolate into
chip size pieces and sprinkle on the pie.
1/2 cup orange juice
2 tbsps. lemon juice
1/2 tsp. rosemary, crumbled, or 1 tsp. fresh, minced
1 tsp. parsley, minced
1/4 tsp. salt, to taste
1/8 tsp. cayenne
2 tsps. olive oil
2 shallots, minced
2 oranges, peeled and sectioned
first 6 ingredients in a bowl. Stir well and set aside. Heat oil in a
nonstick skillet over medium heat. Add shallots and sauté 2 minutes.
Add orange juice mixture, bring to boil and cook 1 minute. Remove from
heat and gently stir in orange sections. Serve with fish.
Makes 4 servings.
2 1/2 pounds (about 16) fresh prickly pears
1/3-cup sugar, plus a little more if needed
About 1 tablespoon fresh lime juice, if needed
About 1 tablespoon orange liqueur
is one of my favorite sauces. Its deep, purply, cranberry color is
reason enough for that designation, but then again so is the bright
strawberry/kiwi/watermelon flavor, with its hints of the unbridled
The puree is very watery, like watermelon juice, so in
order to give the sauce some body but not take away all the fruit's
freshness, I've directed you to rapidly boil down part of the puree
with sugar, then cool it and add the remaining uncooked puree.
method works well with watermelon puree, too, should you not be able to
find prickly pears. You will need about 3 cups seeded, pureed
Use the sauce as a topping for pears or other fruit or ice cream.
a 1/2-inch slice off both ends of the prickly pears, and then make a
1/2-inch-deep incision down the side of each one. Carefully peel off
the rind, starting from your incision.
Roughly chop the peeled
prickly pears, puree in a food processor or blender, then press through
a fine strainer into a bowl. There should be about 3 cups.
medium-size (2- to 3-quart) saucepan, combine 2 cups of the puree with
1/3 cup sugar and simmer rapidly over medium to medium-high heat,
stirring frequently, until reduced to 1 cup. Cool.
cooked mixture with the remaining 1 cup of uncooked puree in a small
bowl. Taste and season with lime juice, orange liqueur and additional
sugar if needed.
Advance preparation: Covered and refrigerated, the
sauce will keep about a week. The finished sauce (as well as the
prickly pear pulp) also can be frozen.
1 lb. loaf French bread
1/2-cup guava jam
2 tablespoons butter, softened
1-cup buttermilk baking mix or Bisquick
1/2-teaspoon ground cinnamon
8 eggs, beaten
1-cup evaporated milk
1 1/2 teaspoons vanilla extract
1 teaspoon lemon extract
1/4 cup powdered sugar
a 15 x 10 x 1-inch jellyroll pan. Cut and discard ends of bread. Cut
remaining loaf into 1/2-inch slices; cut the first slice three fourths
of the way through and the second slice all the way through to form a
sandwich. Repeat until entire loaf is cut in the same manner. Combine
guava jam and butter and spread in center of each sandwich; set aside.
Combine baking mix, sugar, salt, and cinnamon; mix well. Add eggs,
milk, vanilla and lemon extracts; mix well. Dip sandwiches in batter
and place on prepared pan. Pour remaining batter over bread. Cover and
refrigerate overnight. Preheat electric oven to
400 degrees. Bake, uncovered, for 20 to 22 minutes.
Remove from pan and sprinkle with powdered sugar.
Serve with butter and syrup. Serves 8 to 10.
12 slices of Italian bread, sliced 1 inch thick
1 1/2 cups milk
1/2 heavy cream
Dash of fresh ground nutmeg
1 cup crushed corn flakes
Assortment of fresh fruits, strawberries, blueberries,
kiwi, bananas, peaches, cherries, papaya, mango, etc. when in season.
Preheat griddle to 375 degrees.
a large metal bowl whisk the eggs, milk, and heavy cream until well
combined, about 3 to 4 minutes. This allows the heavy cream to almost
"whip" for a light batter. Add the vanilla. Pour through a strainer to
remove egg excess. Add nutmeg to strained egg mixture.
Dip bread into mixture but do not over soak, then dip one side of bread
into the corn flakes. Repeat with all 12 slices.
French toast can sit until guests are ready to eat. Grease griddle and
cook French toast with the corn flake side down first. Flip after
golden brown and finish cooking.
Place two slices on plate and top with fruit slices and Vermont maple
syrup. Dust with powdered sugar just before serving.
Recipe From: Family Circle 2-18-97
Serving Size: 6 Preparation Time :0:15
1 c all-purpose flour
1 c whole-wheat flour
2 tbsp unsweetened cocoa
1 tbsp ground ginger
1 1/2 tsp baking soda
1 1/2 tsp ground cinnamon
1 tsp ground nutmeg
1/2 ts salt
1 3/4 c buttermilk
3/4 c butter or margarine -- melted
1/3 c molasses
1 1/2 c low-fat vanilla yogurt
3 c fruit (blueberries, kiwi, mandarin oranges
together all-purpose flour, whole-wheat flour, cocoa powder, ginger,
baking soda, cinnamon, nutmeg and salt into large bowl. Beat eggs
slightly in medium -size bowl. Beat in buttermilk and melted butter
until well blended. Make a well in center of dry ingredients.
buttermilk mixture and molasses to well; stir just until ingredients
are combined and dry ingredients are moistened. Make 6 waffles in
waffle maker following manufacturers directions. Stack between sheets
of waxed paper on large baking sheet and keep warm in 225 degree F
oven. Serve waffles topped with vanilla yogurt and fruit.
2 kiwano horned melons
3 tablespoons lime juice
Grated peel of 1 lime
1 envelope unflavored gelatin
1 cup whipping cream, whipped
2 egg whites, stiffly beaten
Few drops green food coloring (optional)
Lime slices, horned melon slices or fresh mint sprigs for garnish
the melons into halves lengthwise. Use a grapefruit knife or small
sharp knife to scoop out the pulp. Spoon the pulp into a blender or
food processor container. Process until pureed. Strain out and discard
the seeds and pulp, reserving the juice. Chill the shells, if desired,
to use later for serving containers.
Stir together the melon
juice, lime juice, lime peel, sugar and gelatin in a small saucepan.
stand five minutes. Then heat over medium heat for about 2 minutes,
stirring until the gelatin is dissolved. Remove from the heat. Chill
the mixture in the refrigerator for about 30 minutes or until it is
partially set; mixture will be the consistency of beaten egg whites.
in the whipped cream, egg whites and food coloring. Spoon into a medium
bowl. Chill, covered, for several hours or until firm. Serve in
six-footed dessert dishes or in reserved melon shells. Garnish with
slices of lime and horned melon or mint sprigs.
Makes 4 servings.
1 pkg. (8 oz.) cream cheese, softened to room temperature.
1 can (8 1/4 oz.) crushed pineapple, drained.
1/4 cup chopped nuts
2 or 3 kiwifruit, pared and sliced.
Dark sweet rye bread crackers (or your favorite cracker)
cream cheese, pineapple, and nuts. Spread on the crackers and arrange
the kiwifruit and watercress on top of spread. Makes 1 1/2 cups filling.
Leftover filling may be stored, covered, in refrigerator up to one week.
12 tablespoons butter, softened to room temperature
3/4 cup of sugar
1 tablespoon of lavender
1 tablespoon of grated lime zest
1/3 tablespoon of vanilla extract
2 1/4 cups of unbleached all-purpose flour
a mixer, cream the butter and sugar together until the mixture is light
and fluffy. Stir in the lavender and lime zest. Add egg, vanilla and
mix until everything is well combined. With your mixer, gradually add
the flour until it is well combined. Put the dough together and wrap it
in plastic wrap and refrigerate for at least one hour. Roll
dough about 1/4 inch thick, cut into shapes, and bake in pre-heated 350
degree oven until the cookies just begin to brown around the edges,
about 12 to 14 minutes.
3 Ripe but firm mangoes peeled; pitted and cut into
-- 2-inch-long slices
1 cup Mango juice* OR- pink grapefruit juice
1/2 cup Fresh lemon juice
4 medium Garlic cloves
1 1" piece peeled fresh ginger
1 cup Sugar
1 teaspoon Ground coriander
1/2 teaspoon Ground ginger
1/4-teaspoon Dry mustard
1/4 teaspoon Cayenne pepper
2 tablespoons Pickled hot cherry peppers; (thinly sliced)
1/2-cup Sliced almonds
first 3 ingredients in heavy 4-quart non-aluminum saucepan over
medium-high heat until mango is just tender, stirring occasionally,
about 8 minutes. Cool 5 minutes.
Transfer mangoes to bowl using
slotted spoon. Pour 1/2 cup poaching liquid into blender. Add garlic
and ginger to blender and puree. Return puree to saucepan with
remaining poaching liquid. Mix in sugar, coriander, ginger, mustard and
cayenne and bring to boil. Lower heat to medium and cook until reduced
to thin syrup, stirring frequently, about 10 minutes. Add mangoes and
peppers and cook until reduced to thick jam, stirring frequently, about
12 minutes. Stir in nuts.
Spoon chutney into clean hot jar to
1/4 inch from top. ** Immediately wipe rim clean using towel dipped
into hot water. Place lid on jar; seal tightly. Repeat with remaining
chutney. Arrange jars in large pot.
Cover with boiling water by at least 1 inch. Cover pot with lid and
boil for 15 minutes.
jars from water bath. Cool to room temperature. Press center of each
lid. If lid stays down, jar is sealed. Store in cool dry place up to 1
year. Refrigerate after opening. (If lid pops up, refrigerate chutney
up to 10 days.)
*Mango juice is available at Indian and Latin American markets.
**If this chutney has not been processed in water bath, it will keep up
10 days. Cover tightly and refrigerate.
5 cups cold water
5 cups sugar
Wash fruit well. Scoop out the pulp from the passionfruit and retain.
Takehalf the passionfruit shells and put with the first measure of
into a bowl and leave to stand overnight. Bring to the boil with the
water and boil for about 30 minutes, or until inside of shells are
tender. Scoop out this pulp and discard the thin paper skin that
remains. Discard the cooking water.
Chop or mash the pulp and put into jam pan with fruit pulp and seeds.
Add the second measure of water and bring to the boil.
Add the juice of the lemon. Add sugar and boil briskly until the jam
will set when tested.
Allow to cool 10 minutes before pouring into hot, dry jars. Seal when
oven to 350 degrees. Slice cookie dough into 1/4 inch thick slices.
Arrange three quarters of the cookie dough slices in a lightly greased
12 inch pizza pan.
Press dough into pan to make a crust. Bake
crust for 12 to 14 minutes or until lightly browned. Cool 10 minutes
while preparing filling. For filling, stir together pudding and milk
until well blended. Spread over crust.
Arrange slices of mango,
berries and kiwi fruit or banana decoratively over filling. To serve,
spoon dollops of whipped topping over pizza; sprinkle with toasted
coconut. Cut into 8 wedges.
all of the ingredients, except for the juice and guava, in a large
serving bowl. Peel and slice the guava into quarters and place in a
blender with the orange juice concentrate. Puree until smooth. Pour the
mixture through a sieve to remove the seeds and pour over the fruit
salad. Serves 4.
1 envelope, 1/4 ounces non-flavored gelatin, 1 tablespoon
3/4 cup canned pineapple juice or water
4 prickly pears
1/8 teaspoon almond extract
1 cup whipping cream, whipped
In medium saucepan, sprinkle gelatin over pineapple juice or water, let
stand five minutes. To peel prickly pears, wear protective gloves.
Using tongs to hold fruit, slice off both ends of fruit. Slit fruit
lengthwise and lift out pulp. Chop pulp. In blender or food processor
fitted with metal blade, process pulp until liquefied. Strain out
seeds. Stir liquid into gelatin mixture with sugar, almond extract and
Cook and stir five minutes over medium heat to dissolve gelatin. Place
in refrigerator, chill one hour until mixture mounds when dropped from
spoon. With rubber spatula or whisk, fold in whipped cream until
blended (do not stir). Spoon into four dessert dishes or long-stemmed
goblets; chill several hours or until firm.
Makes 4 servings.
sincere thanks to Pat in Australia for solving some code issues on this