Saturday, September 7, 2013

Fresh Fruit Salad with Custard Apple Fruit

Every once in a while I like to try new and exotic fruits and vegetables. The best place for me to find new things to try is at the local Asian market. This is where I usually shop for my seaweeds, coconuts, pineapples, Jack Fruit, varieties of papayas, mangoes  cabbages, root vegetables – and for today, Custard Apple Fruit.


The Custard Apple fruit looks like a miniature version of the Durian fruit or Jack Fruit. The flesh is actually smoother, the flavor is sweet like apples and custard (hence the name Custard Apple) – with no direct relation to the Durian or Jack Fruit. This very nutritious fruit is ground in Asia, Australia, and Africa. The flesh can be scooped from the skin and eaten. Just be sure to remove the somewhat large, thick black seeds.


This recipe is a simple fruit salad topped and tossed with delicious Custard Apple Fruit. It’s like having fruit and pudding together, very yummy!

Ingredients:
2 Custard Apple fruits (seeded and peeled)
1 medium-sized banana (peeled and sliced)
1 kiwi (peeled and chopped)
4-6 fresh strawberries (stemmed and sliced)
1/4 cup fresh blueberries
1 T raw cacao nibs
1 T goji berries
1 T sliced raw almonds (crushed)
1/2 T hemp seeds
½ tsp bee pollen
3-5 drops chocolate flavored SweetLeaf Liquid Stevia

Preparation:
Chilled fruit works best. I recommend placing fresh fruit in the refrigerator for at least one hour before preparing recipe.

Combine all the fresh fruit in a bowl and toss well, making sure that the Custard Apple fruit is well incorporated.. Add in remaining ingredients, and lightly toss. Serve chilled.