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Division of Marketing and Development
Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services
Mayo Building, M-9
407 South Calhoun Street
Tallahassee, FL 32399-0800
(850) 617-7300

Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services
Adam H. Putnam, Commissioner

Florida Fruit Recipe

Tropical Fruit Salad with Lemongrass Simple Syrup

2 mangoes
1 pineapple
1 papaya
3 oranges
1 cup sweetened, shredded coconut
1 pint strawberries
2 carambolas
1 small bunch fresh mint leaves
1/4 cup lemongrass syrup (see below)
2 lemons sliced
Peel and cut mangoes, pineapple, papaya, oranges, carambola, and strawberres into bite size pieces, store in mixing bowl. Finely chop half of the mint, add the mint and the coconut to the fruit , toss with 1/4 cup of lemongrass syrup or to taste. Garnish with remainder of mint leaf, lemon slices and serve chilled.

12 servings

Simple Syrup
3 cups sugar
3 cups water
  (to flavor with lemongrass, add 1 cup smashed and chopped lemongrass)
In a saucepan, bring sugar and water to a boil. Add lemongrass and boil until sugar is completely dissolved, stirring constantly. Pour through fine mesh strainer to remove any debris. Cool syrup completely. Syrup may be made 1 week ahead, left chilled and covered.

Look for "Fresh from Florida" ingredients at your grocery store.

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