CARIBBEAN FRUITS WITH STAR ANISE

dsc08264This is my version of the fruit salad and in my opinion it reigns supreme.  It is heavily influenced by my lifelong love affair with the Orient.  I have spent the greater part of my adult life in Asia and have had the good fortune to explore their many markets.  Latin America shares a lot of South East Asia’s fruits, which is why I have always felt at home.  This recipe is both delicious and aesthetically beautiful, definitely a crowd pleaser.

INGREDIENTS

For the Syrup

½ cup caster sugar

8 star anise

10 tbsp water

Juice of 2 limes

 For The Fruits

Selection of oriental fruits such as papaya (paw paw), pineapple and mangos, sliced.

 METHOD

1-     To make the syrup, put the sugar and star anise into a saucepan with the water, heat very slowly until the sugar has dissolved, then bring the syrup to the boil.  Simmer for 2-3 minutes.

2-     Remove from the heat, add the lime juice and allow to cool.

3-     Slice the fruit, and arrange in a serving dish.  Pour the syrup with the star anise over the fruit.

4-     Serve immediately.

 

TIP: You can make the syrup the day before and keep it in the refrigerator.

You can also use any combination of fruits such as mangos, pineapple and star fruit.

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