One of the Jewish traditions at this time is to wish everyone a sweet New Year. Since Jewish holidays always seem to have a culinary counterpart, apples dipped in honey is a common dessert. I featured that last year, so this year I am extending the concept to include sweet fruits that are now readily available.*
Utensils: Cutting board, knife, small bowl, large bowl
Prep. Time: 10 minutes
Cooking Time: None
Category: Vegan, Gluten Free
Ingredients (Organic whenever possible, especially grapes & raisins)
1/2 cup raisins
15-18 green grapes
one ripe banana
cinnamon, dried coconut and/or slivered almonds
1. Soak raisins in a small bowl, using enough water to cover while preparing other fruits.
2. Wash and cut apples and pears into small, bite-sized pieces.
3. Wash grapes and slice in half lengthwise.
4. Peel & slice banana into 1/2″ circles.
5. Place all fruit, except raisins, in a large bowl.
6. Drain raisins, reserving liquid. Add softened raisins to other fruits. Add some of the soaking water to moisten the salad. (Save remaining liquid for baking.)
7. Toss, chill, and serve in individual dishes and top with cinnamon, coconut and/or slivered almonds.
Yield: 4 cups
Note: If you are not planning to use the salad in one day, squeeze on some lemon to deter oxidation of fruit. Next day you may want to drizzle on a little maple syrup or honey, if the salad is tart.
*Many years ago I studied a concept called Natural Hygiene, which emphasizes, among other ideas, certain food combinations for easier digestion. Fruits are divided into 3 categories: sweet fruits, sub-acid fruits, and acid fruits. (Melons are considered a separate category to be eaten alone.)
Eating sweet fruits with sub-acid is acceptable and eating sub-acid with acid fruits is acceptable, but eating sweet fruits (ex. raisins) with acid fruits (ex. oranges) is considered not acceptable. This recipe combines the sweet fruits of raisins and bananas with the sub-acid fruits of grapes, pears, and apples. (If you are a strict locavore, then bananas are out, unless you live where they grow.)
To learn more about Natural Hygiene, go to http://www.therawfoodworld.com for books on Natural Hygiene. Or Google food combining for a list of books on this aspect of Natural Hygiene. Since there is no separate website , I will probably do a posting in the future on the concepts of natural hygiene.