Fruit and Spice Combinations
When thinking about fruit and spice, an obvious combination comes to mind: apple and cinnamon. This pairing can be seen in apple pies, tarts and crumbles devoured up and down the country. The warming, earthy cinnamon paired with sweet, sharp apples is a simple but delicious combo.
There are, however, lots of other amazing fruit and spice combinations which are not as well known.
Try making up a fruit platter along with these various spices and enjoy an exciting tasting session!
- Strawberries: Dip into crushed black pepper.
- Pineapple, Mango and Watermelon: Make a dip for chunks of fruit by mixing equal parts of table salt and caster sugar with some chilli flakes (to taste). A wonderful mouthful that's simultaneously sweet, salty, spicy and juicy.
- Nectarines and Apricots: Mix sugar and ground cinnamon for a great sweet, warming dip.
- Apples: Try with fresh wasabi and mint.
- Cantaloupe: Sprinkle it with cayenne pepper and a drizzle of maple syrup.
- Banana: Mash up with ground cardamon, chilli flakes and yoghurt for an interesting raita.
- Watermelon: Make into a salad with green chillies and fresh coriander.
- Mango: Great with toasted cumin - try in a lassi or mango salad.
- Apricots: Try with roasted cumin or, if dried, poached in a cardamon-flavoured syrup.
- Assorted Fruits: In North India, fruits like papaya, banana, apple and pineapple can be found mixed with a spice blend (chaat masala) which often contains chilli peppers, black salt, asafoetida and amchur (mango powder). The sweet, sour flavours of the chaat along with the addition of salt help enhance the flavour of the fruit. If you want to give this a try, MDH Chaat Masala is available both instore and online, and comes ready mixed.