In this post, I will show you how to make Nigerian fruit salad with milk and other recipes. Here, you will see the list of fruits used for fruit salad in Nigeria. See the best fruit salad combination and the process on how to make fruit salad in Nigeria.
A fruit salad is a dish consisting of various kinds of fruits cut into tiny shapes and combined together. It is usually served alongside heavy meals, as breakfast and also as desert.
It is medically advised that every individuals should eat fruits on a daily bases as a habit so as to ease digestion and improve the general body functions.
Nigeria is blessed with a good numbers of fruits, which grows as a result of the weather, climatic condition and the soil type around the country that supports its growth. Some fruits are more commonly found growing in specific parts of Nigeria.
For instance some fruits that can be found growing in the eastern part of Nigeria might not be found growing or might grow scarcely in the west, north and southern parts.
Fruits are a good source of vitamins, and the body needs these vitamins for it major functions. Nigerian fruit salad is usually made with the combination of various fruits commonly found sold or planted around the country, and they include mango, orange, paw-paw, watermelon, pineapple, banana, apples, avocado pear, straw berry, kiwi etc. Generally a rich plate of fruit salad should comprise of at least 5 to 7 different kinds of fruits.
In this write up, I will enlighten you on how fruit salad can be prepared with seven fruits commonly found in Nigeria and the health benefits of each fruits.
Items for making the fruit salad
- Cutting board
- Mixing bowl
- Serving spoon
List of fruits for making fruit salad – simple Nigerian fruit salad recipe
- Pine apple
- Water melon
How to prepare the fruits
- Peel off the back of the pine apple, wash with water and cut with a kitchen knife into desirable sizes that will be easy to chew and set aside.
- Peel off the back of the water melon, wash it then cut it into tiny shapes and set aside.
- Peel off the back of the banana, cut as well into tiny shapes and set aside.
- Wash the apple, divide it into two, it will give you access to remove the seeds from the fruit, cut the apple into small shapes.
- Peel off the back of the pawpaw, remove the seeds inside the fruit and cut into tiny sizes.
- Wash the back of the mango properly with water, make sure the mango is ripe enough to be chewed easily, then cut the mango into halves, make sure one half is bigger than the other in other to not allow you cut through the seeds, remove the seed in the mango, then cut the mango into tiny shapes.
- Peel off the back of the orange then cut the orange into tiny shapes. Make sure to remove all the seeds inside the orange.
Note: it is very important that the fruits to be used for any fruit salad are ripe enough to make cutting and chewing easy.
Most fruits are naturally sweet so when you have the combination of these sweetness in one bowl you can be sure to satisfy your taste buds at the peak.
How to mix the fruits for the salad
a. Mix the sliced fruits together in one bowl.
b. You can blend the orange to extract the juice and pour it directly on the chopped fruits in the bowl, it will still come out well in the end.
c. Your fruit salad is ready, you can eat it at room temperature or allow it get cold by keeping it in the fridge for few minutes. It all depends of individual preferences.
Fruit salad tends to absorb water and loose quality easily, hence to maximize the shelf-life, a fruit salad should be stored in an air tight container, and stored in a refrigerator. A zip-loc bag is another good example of where a fruit salad can be stored in when refrigerated.
A fruit salad can last for about 24 hours when stored at room temperature.
Health benefits of taking fruits
Fruit salad is simple to make and less stressful and time consuming, so when next you plan on taking a heavy meal, consider taking a fruit salad alongside to ease digestion.
a. Fruits naturally contain a high water content, which will naturally aid in digestion.
b. The water contained in fruits nourishes the skin and keeps you well hydrated.
c. The high fibre content in fruits helps to fight away fat and cholesterol in the body.
d. Fruits are rich in vitamins and minerals which are essential for the body functioning.
e. Fruits can substitute for breakfast and desert.
f. Most fruit are rich in glucose which makes them naturally sweet, hence fruits tends to boost appetite. Most people love sweet food, hence the urge to take more and more fruits is increased.
g. Red fruits like carrot which are rich in Vitamin A tends to naturally contain UV protective shield for the skin, which protects against harsh sun reaction on the skin.
Most of the sun protection creams contains carrot. And most people that decide to hang out at the beach are advised to have a carrot bath before and after the beach.
h. Fruits are naturally filling; Fruits like banana fills up the system and makes you feel less hungry, the high calorie content tends to quench the hunger for food.
i. Fruits are a good source of energy; those who eat fruit on a daily basis are much more active than those who don’t eat fruits always . As fruits naturally fight away some common diseases.
j. Fruits help to improve hair health; fruits like banana, apple, avocado, strawberries, coconut, Shia butter, lemon, guava, apricot, orange etc helps to fight against dandruff and improves hair growth.
k. Fruits are colourful and enticing; sometimes children become cranky and will refuse a plate of food, a colourful plate of fruit juice is a good option as children are attracted to bright colours, they will naturally eat and play with the colours in the plate, funny but true.
Remember an apple a day keeps the doctor away. So when next you drive past a fruit shop feel encouraged and delighted to buy a variety of fruits for your consumption.
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