Hi there,very interesting article,we have a big tree here top of the south island in New Zealand,and would love to make your recipe but what can I substitute the whip topping as I havent heard of it here.I work with an american Dr from Washington near Vancouver and could always ask him.Sounds delicious.Our tree is about 24 foot high and the fruit is much smaller than your picture,and has big pips and less fruit but very sweet when ripe with an unusual taste unlike any other fruit I have tasted,would go lovely in your pie recipe.Thanks Sally
Cool Whip is a prepared artificial dessert topping that comes in a plastic tub, and it's something like whipped cream. It is sold frozen, and you thaw it to use it. It's made of edible vegetable oils, like margarine is & I do believe it's hydrogenated, in case that is a health concern for you. Since I'm allergic to the sweetener it uses, I can't say for certain that it's hydrogenated, as it's been years since I looked at a package of it.
Now that you know what it is, perhaps you have something like it by some other brand name ? There are also 'whipped' dessert toppings that come as dry mixes one makes up with cold milk. Dream Whip is the one I know by name, and it might possibly work as a substitute for Cool Whip. Again, you may have something similar by another brand name. Short of that, I would be tempted to try real whipped cream, which is what all these products are meant to replace. Hope that helps.