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Santol pie

July 26, 2018

We are now back in Sweden, where an unusual drought with temperatures at 32-35 centigrades makes us feel just like home (in Thailand).

We brought back a santol fruit (Sandoricum koetjape, Meliaceae) from Dokmai Garden, where our trees grow without the need for irrigation. According to a Japanese study it is an important fruit for wild elephants in the Khao Yai National Park, and during our stay in Chantaburi province near Cambodia I saw various macaque monkeys eat the fruits. It has an interesting flavour reminding me of rhubarb, although its value as a fresh fruit is inferior to that of e.g. longan, mango and banana.

Different sources describe the fruit as a berry, drupe or capsule, indicating our limited knowledge of tropical fruits. My own conclusion after anatomical studies is that this is a fleshy indehiscent capsule where each seed is surrounded by a white and soft aril (sensu lato). This aril is difficult to remove from the seed.

I was curious if a santol dessert pie would be as delicious as a rhubarb pie. We therefore experimented with good results. The acidity of baked santol is weaker than that of rhubarb while the texture is more firm but not crispy. The reddish pieces had a meat-like resemblance.

Below is the recipe for the santol pie which we, after an initial sensory tasting, served with vanilla sauce.

1. Peel one mature yellow fruit with a potato peeler. Cut around the equator with a knife and twist the fruit so the seeds detach from one half. Remove and discard the seeds including arils from the other half. Cut the two seedless halves into thick slices.

2. Add the fruit slices to the bottom of an ovenproof dish greased with margarine.

3. Disperse 30 ml sugar and 5 ml ground cinnamon on top of the fruit.

4. Use your hands to mix 4 dl wheat flour with 200 g margarine and 30 ml sugar into a crumbly texture. Cover the fruit with this mixture.

5. Bake in the middle of the oven at 225 centigrades for 20 minutes.

Aroi!

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3 Comments leave one →
  1. Leif Ljungström permalink
    July 26, 2018 10:42 AM

    I will look for the Santol and try your recipe. Jam? As a dentist I noticed your electric tooth brushes. Good but don’t forget to teach your kids to brush well by hand. Old school dentist.

  2. rolandmogg permalink
    July 26, 2018 9:05 PM

    the pie looks yummy! i see on the news there have been wildfires in sweden. hope u are ok. no danger of wildfires here! can you give me the email address of our orchid specialist in chiang dao as need some advice. thank you.

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