Exotic Fruit Salad (4)

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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. I bought a bright and varied selection of them and made a show stopping fruit salad – containing mango, papaya, kiwi fruit and the lesser know yellow dragon fruit (a sweeter version of the bright pink dragon fruit). Dragon fruits are, happily, becoming easier to find in supermarkets these days. The fruits 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

Place all in a serving dish. It is good for a breakfast too.

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Melon with Mango Sauce and Lime (4)

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Summer is peak season for mangoes in Florida. They drop off the trees and scatter over the ground and sidewalks. People literally can’t give them away and squirrels can’t get enough of them. Cantaloupe melons are also at their best and this really is a seasonal recipe to be enjoyed in the moment and put away for next year. The sweetness of the two ingredients is cut by the addition of lime juice and zest. For the melon I use a melon baller but if you don’t have one then cut the cantaloupe into chunks. Puree the mango to make a sauce which you can either pour over the melon balls or serve on the side so people can help themselves. Makes a quite decadent breakfast or a simple, thirst-quenching dessert.

1 x cantaloupe melon – de-seeded and cut into melon balls

1 x mango – peeled and cut into chunks

Juice and zest of 1/2 a lime

Place the melon balls in a serving dish

Puree the mango in a food processor along with the lime juice, then either drizzle over the melon or pour into a sauce bowl.

Grate lime zest over the melon.

Mango and Avocado Salsa (serves 4)

Mango and Avocado Salsa (serves 4)

Perfect for the summer. Goes well with blackened fish and I am having it alongside Lime Garlic Shrimp (see my recipe). To me salsa was the tomato kind you get served along with guacamole. But here in Florida I started to see fruity salsas. Mango is one of my favorite fruits and I mixed it with a little red onion, avocado, jalapeno and lime juice. Wear gloves when working with jalapenos as they can otherwise make your hands itch and don’t touch your eyes.

1 small mango or 1/2 a large one – chopped into small chunks

1 avocado – chopped into small chunks

1 1/2 tbsp. red onion – finely chopped

1 jalapeno – remove seeds and pith (that is where the heat is), cut into fine strips and then chop into very small pieces

Juice of 1/2 lime

Salt and freshly ground black pepper

Place all ingredients in a bowl and mix together well.