French Polynesia

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Unusual Fact: The letter “B” does not exist in the Tahitian language. Bora Bora is actually Pora Pora, meaning first born, but early visitors heard it as Bora Bora.

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We certainly did try an interesting dish from French Polynesia. Po’e is made from pureed tropical fruit (I did banana and mango), sugar, coconut milk and cornflour.

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To be honest, we didn’t really like this. The flavour was odd, and the text was rubbery. I had to down mine with lots of fresh mango. I don’t know what you’d do to improve this recipe, I suppose it’s just as acquired taste.

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Po’e (Poh-eh) recipe by Whats 4 Eats

Ingredients

  • Ripe bananas, peeled and cut into chunks — 6-8
  • Brown sugar — 1/2 cup
  • Arrowroot or cornstarch — 1 cup
  • Vanilla — 2 teaspoons
  • Coconut cream — 1 cup

Method

  1. Preheat oven to 375°F. Puree the bananas in a blender or food processor. There should be enough puree to make 4 cups.
  2. Mix together the brown sugar and arrowroot or cornstarch. Add this mixture and the vanilla to the bananas and process well. There should not be any lumps of starch. Adjust sugar to taste.
  3. Butter a 2-quart baking dish and pour in the puree. Bake for 30 to 45 minutes, or until the pudding is firm and bubbling. Remove from oven and allow to cool. Cover with plastic wrap and refrigerate until well chilled.
  4. Cut into cubes and place into a large serving bowl or in individual bowls. Top with a dollop of coconut cream, a little more brown sugar and serve.
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Image by Tahiti Now

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