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.


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.


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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