Canistel

yaslan(8 WA state)February 1, 2010

It tastes almost like a sweet potato. But it's thicker, creamier and sweeter.Too sweet for my taste. I'd prefer a mango, june plum or starfuit dipped with that special Asian sauce...lol.

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hmhausman(FL 10B)

Canistel is not loved by all. It is creamy and sweet (at least the good ones are) and has considerable nutritive food value.

Table 4. Nutritional value of canistel (100 g; 3.5 oz).z
Constituent
Value
61% Calcium
26.5 mg
Calories
139 kcal

Phosphorus
37.3 mg
Protein
1.7 g

Iron
0.9 mg
Fat
0.13 g

Carotene
0.32 mg
Carbohydrate
37 g

Niacin
3.7 mg
Fiber
0.1 g

Ascorbic acid
58 mg
I have dehydrated it successfully, making an interesting fruit chew. But the best way to have it is in a canistel cream pie.

    Bookmark   February 1, 2010 at 10:42PM
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yaslan(8 WA state)

Thanks for the canistel Harry and providing nutritional info. Do you know how long the seeds are viable? Also, do you know of a recipe for the canistel cream pie? I bet it's pretty tasty and interesting to make.

~ Bo

    Bookmark   February 1, 2010 at 10:51PM
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hmhausman(FL 10B)

The seeds, like most tropical seeds do not have long viability. If they dehydrate, they will not germiate. If you want to hold them or ship them, put them in some moistened perlite and they will hold...but will also start growing.

I'll have to find that recipe for the canistel pie. It has been a while since I have made it. Fairchild has some recipes, not sure how they are.

Here is a link that might be useful: Canistel recipes

    Bookmark   February 1, 2010 at 10:58PM
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murahilin(10 fl)

I've tried a few of the recipes. Canistel tastes much better prepared than raw. The canistel milkshake isnt so bad. Neither are the muffins. Havent tried the pie though.

    Bookmark   February 1, 2010 at 11:45PM
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yaslan(8 WA state)

Thanks Harry and murahilin. I will check it out. I am also wondering if I can use my sweet potato pie recipe and use canistel instead. This will be interesting to find out. The milkshake and muffins sounds like it will be fun to try as well.

~ Bo

    Bookmark   February 2, 2010 at 2:33AM
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rayandgwenn(z11 Puerto Rico)

I think they taste ok, but they have a "dry" taste that bothers me.
In milkshakes it is better, I did not like it frozen as a sherbet.

    Bookmark   February 2, 2010 at 6:46AM
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dghays(Z10A FL Brevard)

If you have a good variety and let it get fairly soft, they are very good, especially the flesh right around the seed. 'Canistel nog' is excellent. They grow fast and easy by seed.

Gary

    Bookmark   February 2, 2010 at 9:49AM
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jsvand5

Does anyone know if they grow true from seed? They don't sound like a tree that I would be willing to pay the price of a grafted tree for, but if the seed grows true it might be worth a try.

    Bookmark   February 2, 2010 at 12:58PM
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hmhausman(FL 10B)

They do not grow true to seed....as far as I know...but they are super easy to graft.

    Bookmark   February 2, 2010 at 2:40PM
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suzy_victor_laposte_net

Avez-vous des recettes sal�es avec le canistel?
Personnellement apres une premi�re exp�rience non concluante, je le coupe en petits morceaux avec un filet d'huile d'olive et un peu de sel et je commence � appr�cier.
C'est un fruit qui m�rite d'etre gouter � plusieurs reprises pour etre appr�ci�

    Bookmark   June 18, 2011 at 5:43PM
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gnappi

I bought one that is ~5' tall and has had madding teenie weenie fruits on it for a few months. I'm REALLY surprised to hear it's not as well liked as mango. I can eat them till I'm sick :-)

Have those of you that don't care for them eaten them really cold? They change texture and flavor... well at least to me!

    Bookmark   June 18, 2011 at 7:29PM
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