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Alternative namesPoke
Region or stateCook Islands, Easter Island, French Polynesia
Main ingredientsFruit purée, Starch, Coconut cream

Poʻe or Poke is a confection originating from Eastern Polynesia, usually eaten as a dessert.

Traditionally Po'e was made by cooking and mashing bananas into a smooth consistency and mixed together with arrowroot flour.[1] The mixture was wrapped in banana leaves and baked in a Earth oven until set into a pudding-like consistency, cut into smaller pieces and served together with coconut cream. More modern takes on the recipe replace bananas with other fruits such as papaya, mango or squash[2][3] and using cassava[4] or cornstarch as the thickening agent.

It should not be confused with the Hawaiian staple poi, Samoan dessert poi or the Hawaiian raw fish dish poke.

See also[edit]

  • Kulolo - a similar traditional Hawaiian dessert, made from grated taro and coconut milk baked into a pudding.
  • Poi - another traditional banana dessert originating from Samoa.


  1. ^ Lal, B.V.; Fortune, K. (2000). The Pacific Islands: An Encyclopedia. The Pacific Islands: An Encyclopedia. University of Hawai'i Press. p. 33. ISBN 978-0-8248-2265-1. Retrieved September 3, 2018.
  2. ^ Society of Ethnobotanists (India) (1989). Ethnobotany: Journal of Society of Ethnobotanists. M/S Deep. p. 5. Retrieved September 3, 2018.
  3. ^ Spasifik Me'A Kae: Flaovours of the Pacific
  4. ^ The definitive Cook Islands website Cook Islands Recipes, Poke – Traditional sweetener supplied by Mereana Hutchinson, Rarotonga

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