January 15, 2014

Immortality in a bowl - XianTao (Canistel) for dessert

What you can do with a Peach of Immortality
Dessert with canistel (and it is vegan too... Without a pinch of sugar)

I found an interesting fruit in the market the other day, and one of my readers helped me find out what it was - a "Peach of Immortality", XianTao (see link for the blog post).

I promised to publish a recipe of what you can do with it and here it comes - I simply call it

Immortality in a bowl

仙桃 (XianTao) - if this is immortality I like it. 
Immortality in a bowl


  • 1 Canistel, aka XianTao (Peach of Immortality), ripened
  • Ginger, about 2 cm
  • Two small oranges - or 1 big
  • 1/3 soft tofu, neutral
What you need
  • A carving board
  • A knife
  • A blender
  • Something to serve the dessert in

How to

  • Peel the canistel.
  • Cut it in pieces, take out the seeds and get rid of them (or save them if you want to plant a canistel tree...) 
  • Peel the ginger and cut it in fine pieces. 
  • Wash the oranges. This is VERY important! Always wash oranges before using them (they are often sprayed quite heavily so it is better to be on the safe side.)
  • Put the canistel in the blender, add the ginger. 
  • Add tofu, I used 1/3 of a soft type of tofu, the kind you can buy in the supermarket, without any added flavour etc. Just normal plain tofu.  
  • Start blending. When it is starting to turn into a mash, pause the blending for a bit.
  • Cut the oranges in half and press/squeeze the oranges so that you get as much juice as possible, and pour it into the blender. If you have big oranges you may want to start with one and add the second only if it is needed. Continue to blend into a pure. It doesn't have to be completely smooth, I like some small pieces, but it needs to be relatively smooth, the whole thing. 

Once you have a fine pure, but still thick (careful with the oranges) you simply put it into a nice serving bowl, decorate each bowl with something green just for the looks, and serve. It's that simple. But it doesn't have to be complicated to be good! Notice that this is quite filling so if you already had a big meal, go easy in the size of the servings...

This is not going to become a blog full of recipes but this was so simple that I couldn't keep from posting it, it was simply too good and too easy to make...

Note: XianTao, 仙桃, is the same as 蛋黃果 - DanHuangGuo, there are many names for it. It may not be so easy to find in the market though; First it needs to be in season and second; Not all shops and markets have it, it is simply not so well known. It is a great fruit though, so try it if you happen to find it! Just make sure it is properly ripen because otherwise the texture is quite special and doesn't work well raw.


Joy said...

Greetings from snowy Poland! First of all, how did I NOT know that you had a blog? I swear you never mentioned it. :-) Second, what a great way to catch up with all your adventures! Since Turkey was much more exotic than Poland is, I remember finding tons of new fruits, veggies and spices at the markets and the occasional sheep's head. I loved it, and I have to say I miss that.

Warsaw does have some nice farmer's markets with a few oddities. I still don't know what all the porky items are...there's too many! Right now, the apples and fresh apple cider is amazing! So you learn to enjoy what you have when you have it.

TravellingAK said...

Greetings back from Taiwan, no snow here except from up in the mountains :-)
Apple cider sounds great, wish I had that here, but apples is one of the fruits that I feel are better in Europe (if grown locally) than in Taiwan - anything considered exotic is amazing though.

Glad to see you here on the blog, but yes, you may well be right, I am still not used to advertise it to a bigger audience, I have been blogging for years but only for a small audience, this is the first time I have gone public, and I haven't gotten used to it yet :-)