One of the lucky food to eat during Chinese New Year is tangerines and oranges. Eating and displaying tangerines and oranges is believed to bring good luck and fortune due to their pronunciation. The Chinese for orange (and tangerine) is a homophone for ‘success’ (成). One of the ways of writing tangerine (桔 jú /jyoo/) contains the Chinese character for luck (吉 jí /jee/).
I thought for this year that I would…lets say…spice it up a bit! Instead of eating the oranges I thought I would make a tropical fruit salad with dragonfruit and honey orange syrup.
So one of the fruits that I included in the tropical fruit salad is dragonfruit. It’s texture is very similar to the kiwi due to the tiny black seeds and the taste is between a kiwi and a pear. I rarely eat the dragonfruit as it’s unavailable to buy in the local supermarket and I generally have to travel to Chinatown to purchase it.
The other fruits I have included are strawberries as it’s red and red is a lucky colour. I have also added mango, papaya and kiwi. As believe it or not they are widely available in the supermarkets at the moment and the was very low. I mean the cost of 6 kiwis was £1 and so was the papaya. Not only that. It was also a good way to introduce my two girls to different fruits. I don’t want them to go through life thinking there are only apple, bananas, oranges and pears. 🙂
- 1 Dragonfruit
- 1 Mango
- 1 Kiwi
- 1 Papaya
- 8 Strawberries
- 1 Orange
- 1 tbsp Honey
- Slice up the fruits and add to a bowl
- Squeeze out one orange and add the honey. Mix well
- Pour the the orange honey syrup over the fruits
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