Tropical fruit salad

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A tropical fruit salad or just a bowl of tropical fruits that you can chop up for guests at the last minute can look really impressive.

A tropical fruit salad or just a bowl of tropical fruits that you can chop up for guests at the last minute can look really impressive. You don't need a recipe, because what matters is the condition and ripeness of the fruit. At its most basic just cut pineapple, mangoes and papaya into chunks, with the skin on or off, and people can eat them with their fingers. Have slices of lime at the ready for a squirt of sharp juice to offset the sweeter fruit.

You could add dragon fruit, which look a bit like big red lily buds. The centre is soft and white with little black seeds, looking almost as if someone has filled them with sorbet. Other fruits, such as passion fruit halves, kiwi, lychees and guavas can all be a treat if they're properly ripe and you present them well. Guavas especially need to be really ripe, or they will take the roof of your mouth away. And yes, I did say kiwi. Isn't it time it was given another chance and allowed back to the dinner table taking its place among other tropical fruit, as long as it's not garnishing the main course?

Often Asian stores have the best fruit and will be selling the fragrant Alfonso mangoes from India, which are in season now.

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