Tropical fruit salad… and Hawai’i chronicles 1 – the hula.

When I was in Hawa’i I searched everywhere for a nice tropical dessert with local fruits, but all in vain. Probably because of a lack of fruits in season? Back here at home, I still want a fruit salad, so I made this salad Not completely a tropical one, but with some well known fruits. Next time I’ll make a real tropical salad with lesser know fruits and give my verdict.

  1. Cut some tropical fruits of your choice into brunoise(small cubes). I used mango, papaya, pineapple, kiwi, kumquat, pomegranate, green Granny smith apple.
  2. Use fruits that  are ripe, but still firm, so that you don’t end up with a soggy fruit salad…awful!
  3. Cover the apple with lemon juice to prevent coloring.
  4. Don’t use banana, it is too strong and overpowering for a fruit salad.
  5. Use a tiny melon ball scoop for the papaya to add some difference in shapes. I also cut the pineapple in little triangles.
  6. Keep the fruits separate and mix lightly just before serving, OR set in layers in a pretty glass.
  7. Make a syrup of 4 passion fruit pulp, 1 TSP of sugar and 1/2 cup of water. Let it boil down to a syrupy consistency and pour over the salad just before serving.
  8. Serve with a small scoop of lemon sorbet. (recipe following in a next issue)
  9. Decorate with some fresh flowers or a little umbrella for fun, lime strips, or add mint leaves or small basil leaves.
  10. Serve cold, but NOT so cold that you can’t taste the fruit!

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Hawai’i is always a good place to unwind, even if you just do nothing, which is exactly what I did this time around. Reading by the pool, watching people(one of my favorite pastimes) while  imagining their stories. On one such a day, this lovely Hawaiian woman gave some Hula lessons and of course I don’t have the same pretty hips for swaying along, but I could at least capture some nice hips!

The Hula is not just pretty hip swaying, but tells a story. With the hands and arms and face, a tale is mimicked with sensuality and sensitivity.  One does get involved and captured  and can’t help but wish more stories were told this romantic way.

I was too far away to hear this story, but I imagine it could be something like this:

“The goddess Pele, who owns the sea and oceans and the mountains, saw that Hiania who lost a child, was absorbed by sadness. Hiania hid from the world and her tears filled the rivers. Pele cares passionately for her children of the islands and she heaved the winds and stirred the waves with a message to Haina.

“Cry no more“, she said.

Look up to the sun and see your child in the skies. He is smiling upon you and asking you to set free your sadness and prepare your womb to receive the child the winds will bring you.

Hiania looked up and saw the smile of her son. She gave her sadness to the mountain who took it deep into the earth to feed its fire and she was set free to wait with anticipation upon her keiki (little one).

Until next time and with swaying hips(in private!),

 Mahalo !

Ronelle

9 responses

  1. What a lovely and refreshing salad!

    Nice moves. ;-)

    Cheers,

    Rosa

    21/03/2012 at 16:36

  2. That salad is very tropical! beautiful!

    Velva

    22/03/2012 at 01:28

  3. I can’t tell you how hungry I am for that fruit! Looks delish. You must have loved Hawaii.

    22/03/2012 at 02:53

  4. I’m glad the hula is back from missionary banishment. I, too, am a bit too stiff for the fluid movements. I should practise-in private! ;-)

    22/03/2012 at 05:08

  5. Great fruit salad and love that hula!

    Eileen

    22/03/2012 at 12:27

  6. What a beautiful salad! I guess a really good fruit salad is all about what is in season at the moment. The passion fruit syrup sounds wonderful!

    I also enjoyed your interpretation of the hula dance story :) Very poetic.

    22/03/2012 at 21:07

  7. thank you everybody!!
    Ronelle

    01/04/2012 at 07:45

  8. Hi dear Ronelle,

    I am so wanting to go to Hawaii! This was an easy fix for me. Thanks!

    I too love to make the fruit salads in season. I used to make a simple syrup with lemon. Also cut up fresh rosemary as a counterpoint, but then I started using just my homemade limoncello as a dressing (with rosemary), and it is a knock out.

    Hope you are well and happy. My garden is surging with life now. I am so happy to greet it.

    Love,

    Sharon

    02/04/2012 at 18:53

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