Have you ever wondered how far-removed pineapples are from traditional Mongolian cuisine?
I thought so: look no further!
Lets examine some common/potential/popular statements/misconceptions/ideals:
“Mongolia is a native home to pineapples.” False:
Geographical Displacement: The pineapple is native to South America. Mongolia is a landlocked country in Central Asia. Using the map of antipodes, you basically cannot get two regions more further apart from one another.
“Mongolians found pineapples from overseas and cultivated them.” False:
Climate Discrepancy: The pineapple is a tropical fruit, thriving in the equatorial regions. Mongolia is high, cold and windy. Frost passionately disagrees with the pineapple.
“Mongolians traditionally went to extreme lengths to cultivate them in less-than-ideal conditions, including building sophisticated greenhouses and artificial sunlight.” False:
Nomads vs Bromeliads: Mongolians had a history of nomadic behaviour. Pineapples traditionally do not. Farming and producing a pineapple from scratch takes about 30 months of un-nomadic behaviour and TLC.
“Mongolians used them traditionally regardless, or at least pretended to.” False:
Style Clash: Pineapple is obviously a fruit. Mongolian cuisine primarily consists of dairy products, meat and animal fats, and only rarely vegetables, A.K.A not fruits, and is heavily influenced by Chinese and Russian dishes.
Therefore Mongolian dishes should not really involve pineapple if you wanted to be remotely authentic. Furthermore, I have just now come across a segment in Wikipedia entitled ‘Misunderstandings’ in the Mongolian Cuisine section:
“Some restaurants in East Asia, Europe, and North America offer a type of cuisine called “Mongolian Barbecue.” Their staff will stir fry all kinds of ingredients (typically of East Asian origin) in front of the customer on a large heated steel or stone plate. Neither the ingredients nor the cooking method have anything in common with Mongolian cuisine.”
So there it is. It has now been proven that the pineapple clashes with Mongolia as much a picture of a rabbit (or bunny more accurately) with a bowl juxtaposed against this very topic does.
FYI: One cannot study music at the University of Mongolia.