I am crazy about fruit bowls.
Everything about them. From colour to flavour.
My go to is a 3-fruit combo of pineapple, apple and bananas. I top with pineapple just when I’m set to eat because pineapple makes the yogurt taste bitter if they mingle too long.
I love a bit of creamy, a touch of sweet with crisp and crunchy, even a hint of tart.
All fruit bowls
I typically start of with a yogurt base. I favour plain/ natural unsweetened yogurt. Sometimes, I stir in oats – raw or toasted. You could add in granola chunks and seeds. Use whatever yogurt you fancy.
Bananas are usually the providers of the cream, though soursop and guava have played that role as well.
Crunch comes from my apples, or pears but commonly apples – red, yellow, pink or green. I favour sweet apples over soursop. Sometimes, plums and other stone fruit take it’s place. Sometimes dragonfruit and kiwis and passionfruit. Fragrant passionfruit rule…
Juicy & sweet come from pineapples or grapes. My beloved. Sometimes berries. Sometimes watermelon, pawpaw, mangoes, peaches and on and on and on
Often the fruit is fresh, other times it’s poached. Like here – cherries and figs poached in a syrup of Barley malt syrup, scent leaves and green cardamom.
And if I’m feeling really fancy, I finish with some or all of the following:
- Citrus shavings and juice (lime juice is awesome with bananas)
- Herbs – mint, basil
- Nuts and seeds
- Pretty edible buds
Do you have an ‘equation’ for your fruit bowls or salads? What are the essentials?