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Mixed Fruit is a delectable blend of sliced peaches, strawberries, pineapple, mangoes, dates, apricots, honeydew and grapes. The fruits may vary depending on the recipe requirement or individual taste and preference. Each fruit should be picked at the peak of ripeness, washed, and ready to eat. The mixed fruits may be commercially available in various forms such as frozen, canned, stewed and of course the fresh ones. Having prepared mixed fruit on the market shelves takes the guess work out of blending each nutritious fruit component into cakes, puddings, slices, breads and pastries. Mixed Fruit is ideal for topping, baking, fruit salads or simply as a healthy snack.
Fresh mixed fruit
Refers to a mix of different fruits, cut into small pieces, usually soaked in sugar syrup.
Stewed Mix fruit
Going through the process of making stewed mixed fruits helps to lengthen the shelf life, so they can be used in various recipes at a later date. Part of the charm of stewed fruits is that they can be prepared using several different herbs and spices. This helps to accentuate the natural taste of the fruits while locking in all the nutrients that are released during the cooking process. Ingredients such as green peppers ,parsley and cinnamon, mint may be added to the stewed fruits during the preparation process. They are ideal for use in soups, stews, and casseroles.
Canned Mixed Fruit
Canned mixed fruits are peeled, seedless combination of select fruits in syrup. The usual ingredients are water, chopped fruits, sugar, citric acid. Pour a can of mix fruits into a bowl and it can be relished as it is or as drinks, in icecreams , cakes or cold salads.
Frozen Mixed fruit - refers to a blend of chopped mixed fruits which have been processed using freezing temperatures. Frozen Fruit is available in a variety of fruits and sizes that are ideal for baking, smoothies, toppings, or snacking. You just need to pour the desired amount on plate, spread evenly, and defrost for approximately 30 minutes in room temperature or in a microwave for few seconds.
Chopped mixed fruits
Refers to the finely chopped or roughly chopped mix of fruits.They may be chopped with and without peel as per recipe requirements. Another interesting way of chopping fruits would be to chop into big chunks or quarters.
Mixed fruit cubes
Refers to cubes of variety of fruits mixed together as per the recipe requirement. To make cubes, combine some fruits of your choice, clean and peel, if required. Cut each fruit into half and make vertical cuts to make thick strips. Place these strips together and cut into small pieces of equal sized cubes. Use these cubes as per the recipe requirement.
How to select
Sliced mixed fruits
Slice the fruits in thick (1/2 inch) or thin slices( ¼ inch), with or without the skin. The seeds are usually removed. They taste best in fruit salads.
While selecting fresh mixed fruits at the market, try to look for firm ones without any dark spots or blemishes. . While buying canned fruits, avoid selecting the cans which are bulging or dented (may cause food poisoning) or if can appears to be rusted or leaking. Be careful to check the contents, expiry date and any additives9artificial color or flavor).Culinary Uses
· The nutritious blend of mixed fruits is popular both as a dessert or main course.
· Place fruit in a shallow serving bowl. Whisk together sugar, juice, and ginger ale until sugar is dissolved; gently stir in mint, and pour over fruits. Cover and chill 2 hours before serving.
· Top mixed fruit slices with yogurt and chopped mint.
· Add stewed mixed fruits with peeled peaches for a healthy cold soup.
· Enjoy the cubes in a fruit salad, with fresh cream or as a topping on icecream.How to store
The fresh fruits should be refrigerated and consumed within 3-4 days. The canned or frozen ones can be stored for longer duration in refrigerator or deep freezer.