Kenyan Fruit Salad

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Elephant munching grass.

Years ago I had the wonderful experience of going to Kenya on a school trip. One moment that for some reason has always stuck with me is one of our particularly whimsical Kenyan teachers sharing with us a song to the tune of the French nursery rhyme “Frère Jacques”, a.k.a. “Are You Sleeping”. It actually had a little dance that went with it, and went like so:

Avocado, Avocado

Papaya, Papaya

Lemons and oranges, lemons and oranges

Fruit salad, Fruit salad

I never found out whether this was a common song, or if he had just come up with it himself, but I was intrigued by the combination of fruits and curious to try it. Also the song would always get stuck in my head… so recently, I finally made it, and it is delicious! The mild creaminess of the avocado and papaya is perfectly offset by the citrus, making a salad that has a lot more texture, richness, and contrast than most fruit salads. And of course it’s super easy- just four ingredients to chop up and mix together! You can do whatever proportions seem good to you, but don’t be afraid to use a lot of lemon: the avocado and papaya temper its tartness.

 

Kenyan fruit salad

This salad is not only delicious but is also super nutritious… it has lots of potassium, magnesium, copper, folate, and vitamins A, C, and K. Papaya has enzymes in it which are known to support digestion. Avocado is full of awesome monounsaturated fats, balancing the sugars in the other fruits. Citrus such as lemon and orange are not only a great source of vitamin C, but also of disease-fighting flavonoids…

Inaladha = YUMMY in Swahili… Enjoy!

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