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exotic avocado salad

Lovely fresh summer salad. Savour sharp, sweet flavors in this exotic avocado salad

Ingredients:

  • 3 tbsp pumpkin seeds
  • 2 ripe papayas
  • 3 ripe avocados
  • 85g bag trimmed and washed watercress
  • 20g pack fresh mint
  • Juice of 1 lime
  • 3 tbsp olive oil

Cooking Instructions:

Dry-fry the pumpkin seeds in a frying pan for a few minutes, tossing and turning them until they look toasted. Tip them out of the pan and let them go cold. Peel the papayas, halve them lengthways and scoop out the seeds. Cut the flesh into long, thin slices. Halve the avocados and remove the stones, then peel off the skin and slice the flesh lengthways into thin slices.

Put the papayas, avocados, pumpkin seeds and watercress into a large bowl. Chop about 1 tbsp of the mint leaves and set aside. Pick the remaining leaves from the stalks and tear them into the bowl.

Mix the lime juice and olive oil with the rest of the chopped mint to make a dressing, and season with salt and pepper to taste. Pour over the salad and gently mix all the ingredients together with your hands. Taste and add more salt and pepper if you think it needs it, then transfer to a serving platter ~ Serves 6

Nutrition per serving:
260 calories, protein 4g, carbohydrate 11g, fat 22 g, saturated fat 3g, fibre 5g, salt 0.05 g

Recipe from Good Food magazine, July 2003.

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Passion Fruit now in my list of favorites: you can make very easy and quick a natural juice, which is not only tastes wonderful, but also very useful. For to prepare passion fruit juice you do not need (as for many other exotic fruits) to torment to clean the skin or squeeze a juice.

Passion Fruit Photo

Passion fruit has oval shape with thick yellow skin (or in some places of the world it is violet), which is enough to pierce by the end of sharp knife on 2-3 centimetres and then easily to turn across the diameter of the fruit, dividing passion fruit on two halves. Inside it will be yellow sweet and sour gruel and seeds.

Passion Fruit Seeds -Photo

Scrap by spoon to any convenient deep dish, add sugar to taste (I usually do 4-5 tbsp sugar to 4-5 passion fruits) and blend or mix well with a fork.

Photo how to prepare passion fruit juice

Then add three or four cups of water (liquid should be juicy-amber colour) and mix well (or use blender). Strain the seeds through a sieve to the juice jar and squeeze well seeds with pulp. Try to taste the juice, and if necessary – add sugar. The whole process takes literally two or three minutes.

Photo: Glass of Passion Fruit Juice

What is useful

  • The fruit flesh contains: water, proteins, carbohydrates, fibre, calcium, phosphorus, iron, vitamins Group B, A, C, sodium, serotonin.
  • Passion Fruit has laxative properties and improves bowel work. Contribute removal from the body of uric acid and is ANTIPYRETIC means. Recommended use in diseases of liver, urinary tract.
  • Biochemists and cosmetology often use extracts and oils marakuyi that have moisturizing, regenerating, rich vitamins action, well restore hydro mantle, stimulate local circulation.
  • Also, as a result of new studies published in the journal Nutrition Research, found that extract of passion fruit with purple skin, helps get rid of heavy wheezing cough among patients with asthma and reduce blood pressure.

Passion Fruit usually used:

  • for the manufacture of juices, cocktails, syrups, jams and jams.
  • as for flavoured yoghurts, cakes, pastries, in ice cream.

Passion fruit season in Dominica is usually around May-June.

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