A can of fruit can be transformed into a special-tasting fruit salad with the minimum of effort. Here, lychees are enhanced with stem ginger and the zest and juice of fresh lime for an Oriental flavour, then tossed with crisp apple, oranges and black grapes from the fruit bowl.
Instead of lychees use 1 can of green figs in syrup, about 410 g, draining off half of the syrup from the can as above. Add 120 ml (4 fl oz) strained jasmine tea sweetened with 1 tbsp sugar, the lime zest and juice, and the orange segments and juice. Add the seeds and juice from 2 large passion fruit, 1 sliced banana and 4 chopped dessert plums. * If you usually serve cream or ice-cream with a fruit salad as a dessert, you might instead try topping with a scoop of sorbet, which is deliciously fruity and fat-free. A sorbet such as lemon or mango would be particularly good with this fruit salad.
Black grapes provide useful amounts of bioflavonoids and antioxidants, which help to protect the body against the damaging effect of free radicals. * Oranges are an excellent source of vitamin C – 1 large orange provides double the recommended daily amount of this vitamin. Oranges also provide useful amounts of the B vitamin folate, as well as pectin which is a type of soluble fibre.
C * folate