My local Farmer’s Market has a wonderful tropical fruit stand selling a wide variety of ripe, colorful exotic fruits – some I have never seen or heard of before. One of the women behind the stand is solely engaged in making up containers of their fruit salad and these fly off the shelf with some customers eating straight from the carton as they browse the rest of the market. I think quite a few supermarkets carry these fruit too nowadays.
My fruit salad consists of mango, papaya, yellow dragon fruit (a sweeter version of the bright pink dragon fruit) and kiwi fruit. The fruit should be cut into pieces of roughly equal size. Try and make sure that some of the good juices end up in the fruit salad too.
1 mango – cut into cubes
1/2 a papaya – de-seeded and cut into cubes
1 yellow dragon fruit – cut each half into cubes
2 kiwi fruit – peeled and cut into pieces.
The season is short for such fruits as apricots, nectarines and peaches which makes it all the more precious. I found all three fruits in beautifully ripe condition and I sliced them up and roasted them in the oven which intensified their flavor – they were absolutely heavenly as a dessert all by themselves.
Pre-heat oven to 350 degrees
2 ripe apricots – sliced
1 large, ripe nectarine – sliced
1 large peach – sliced
Place the sliced fruits on a piece of aluminum foil on a baking tray and roast in the oven for half an hour. Remove from oven and let cool.
When the heat is trying cool foods, raw foods are preferable and this is lovely and cooling on a toothpick – take a small piece of watermelon, a raspberry, half or quarter of a strawberry and a blueberry – put out on a plate.
So simple and is great for breakfast, packed lunch, fruit salad. All you need is one ripe mango pureed in food processor and some melon cut into bite size pieces. Place melon in bowl and spoon over the mango puree – et voila!
Skewered Cherries and Melon
No cooking needed, just take pits/pips out of cherries.
New taste combo. Chop melon into small pieces (best melon to use – Charentais or Cantaloupe). Halve cherries. Place a piece of each on a cocktail stick and serve.
Grilled Peaches and Plums Drizzled with Honey
Another one for the BBQ (or grill pan). One peach and one large plum serves 2 people (must be nice and ripe). Fruit should be brushed with extra virgin olive oil so it doesn’t stick. Spatula best thing for turning over. Equally lovely warm or cold and drizzled with raw honey (not suitable for children under one it says on the back of my raw honey)
Apricots with Mango Puree
Here in Florida mangoes can be a problem – too many of them. People with a mango tree in their garden are overwhelmed and now a charity has been formed to deal with the issue – mangoesforcharity.com. I love mangoes and thought they might go well with the fresh apricots I bought the other day. A few drops of yuzu juice makes it really special. It is worth investing in yuzu juice available from Amazon. A small bottle goes a long way. This fruit salad would be good to take to work for lunch. My taste tester dog is asking for more!
Cut fresh apricots into slices (1 or 2 per person)
Puree a large, ripe mango in food processor with a few drops of Yuzu juice
Spoon mango puree over apricots