Too much fruit salad
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Too much fruit salad
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Last updated 6/12/2012 1:02:02 AM. Recipe ID 25456. Report a problem with this recipe.
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      Title: Too much fruit salad
 Categories: Fruit, Usenet
      Yield: 1 Batch
      1    Pineapple, ripe
      1    Melon, ripe
      1 lg Grapefruit
           -(preferably pink)
      3    Oranges
     11 oz Maraschino cherries
           -(1 large jar)
      3    Bananas, ripe
      3    Kiwi fruits
      1 lb Stewed prunes,
           -in heavy syrup
           -(1 standard can)
      3    Peaches, sliced
           -(or use 1 lb stewed
           -apricot halves in
           -heavy syrup)
      1 c  Apricot nectar
  Peel and section the grapefruit and oranges.  Remove the seeds and
  membranes. Cut the sections into bite-size pieces and dump into a big
  non-metallic bowl.
  Peel and core the pineapple (making sure to get all the eyes), cut the
  flesh into bite-sized pieces and add to the bowl. A typical whole
  pineapple is usually too much, so you might want to reserve about 1/3
  of the flesh to eat by itself.
  Peel and cut the melon, bananas, peaches and kiwi fruits and add to
  the bowl. The kiwis should be sliced horizontally (so the seeds make
  pretty circular patterns).
  Add the stewed prunes, syrup and all.  This will moisten everything.
  Add the maraschino cherries and the syrup they came in (check for
  stems). Add the nectar, making sure there is enough liquid to cover
  the fruit.
  This is the hard part.  Put it all in the refrigerator, and don't eat
  any until tomorrow.  It really needs to sit overnight for all the
  colors and flavors to blend together.
  *  Many people think of fruit salad as that disgusting stuff that
  comes in a can made from diced plastic fruit and heavy syrup. This is
  more like what it is supposed to taste like, although some people
  might claim that my addition of syrup makes this into fruit cocktail
  instead of fruit salad.
  Whatever you call it, it's especially good in the summer.  I make it
  every couple of months (usually in vast quantities, even though there
  are only two of us, hence the name). It rarely lasts very long,
  regardless of how much I make. Yield: Makes too much.
  *  Some people might object to the use of maraschino cherries, they
  are processed with sulfur dioxide, which isn't really good for you.
  I like the way they taste, so I allow myself this one debauch.
  *  Unless you can find good-quality fresh fruit, it is better to use
  canned. This is especially true of pineapple, canned pineapple is not
  as good as good fresh pineapple, but is much better than a bad fresh
  one. For the melon, I've used honeydew, cantaloupe and casaba with
  good results. Watermelon is interesting, but has a very different
  texture from the others.  More important than the actual variety is
  that it is ripe. Unfortunately, New York supermarkets only seem to
  sell the kind of melon that goes from rock-hard to rotten without
  passing through ripe. Bananas are best when they are just starting to
  get brown speckles.
  *  My mother uses orange juice for the liquid, but I prefer nectar.
  The combination of the prune and cherry syrups give it a nice color.
  Sometimes I add a bit of lemon juice for tartness. I've experimented
  with cherry liqueur, but didn't really like the results.
  *  Use whatever fruit you find fresh in the market.  The invariant
  part is the grapefruit, orange and maraschino cherries.
  : Difficulty:  easy.
  : Time:  30 minutes preparation, 1/2 day waiting.
  : Precision:  approximate measurement mandatory.
  : Roy Smith
  : Public Health Research Institute, New York, NY, USA
  : {allegra,cmcl2,philabs}!phri!roy

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Recipe ID 25456 (Apr 03, 2005)

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