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Minted Lime Summer Fruit Cup

Mint Lime Summer Fruit Cup

Mint Lime Summer Fruit Cup

This Minted Lime Summer Fruit Cup is pink and peach – the colors of the sunset over a beach in summertime. And the flavors are tropical, zesty, sweet and bright. The mint combines with the bold lime to brighten all the sweet succulent flavors of the juicy fruits: peach, papaya and banana. This fruit cup is pretty enough to serve at a party or summer brunch – and easy enough to serve at home any day of the week.

One of my favorite flavor combinations is lime and papaya. Then I add in a splash of maple syrup – the darker the grade the better – and the caramel sweet tones of the papaya are naturally enhanced and brought forward. Yes, the taste makes me swoon and I want you to try it too! This bowl is a departure from the standard fruit cup which usually combines flavors of orange, banana – maybe apple or grape and even some pineapple or grapefruit. Delicious yes, but take a break from the norm and transport your breakfast table to the tropics with this lively cup of fruit fabulousness.

I’ve started with a papaya as my base fruit and added in sweet tropical banana and summertime tree-ripened peach to compliment.

Tell your kids that this is their tropical fruit cup – a vacation in a bowl. Their tiny mouths will pucker with delight from the zesty-sweet flavors of maple and lime. It almost reminds me of those sweet and sour candies kids love so much.

Maple Syrup. For this recipe, that grade B maple syrup you see in the ingredients really is the secret ingredient. Grade b has an extra caramel-y flavor to it from the dark color of the grade. Trader Joe’s sells it – as well as many grocery stores. If you can find it, try B – otherwise, A will work just fine too. Learn more about Maple Syrup Grades.

Modify. If you’d like to modify the fruit ingredients a tad – say add apple instead of peach – go for it. This mint/lime/maple combo really works well with a wide variety of fruit.

Minted Lime Summer Fruit Cup
makes about 5-6 cups

1 medium papaya, – skin and seeds removed – cubed
1 banana, thickly sliced
1 peach, sliced
3 small juicy limes, juiced
1-2 tsp lime zest
2 Tbsp mint, finely chopped
1 1/2 Tbsp grade b maple syrup (grade A will work too)
garnish: lime zest and mint sprigs

Directions:

1. Add all the fruit to a large mixing bowl. Ad in the remaining ingredients (only use half the lime zest to mix – remaining will be garnish on top).
2. Toss gently.
3. Chill until ready to serve. Can be prepared ahead of time – but papaya will break down slightly from the citrus juice if left overnight.
4. Garnish with mint and zest. Add some of the juice to each serving cup.

papaya, banana, peach

papaya, banana, peach

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