Thursday, 14 February 2013

10 Best Fruit Combinations That You Probably Never Thought Of

We love fruit, that's a given but that doesn't mean that we ever stop looking for new ways to make existing fruity favourites even tastier. When it come to making flavour sensations, fruits can be some of the most versatile foods on the planet. They can be used in sweet and savory dishes, served hot or cold and teamed with all manner of ingredients. However we can all get stuck in a fruit rut (or a Frut as we like to call it) from time to time, making the same fruit combos day in day out. We're all aware of the standard fruit mashups - cherries and dark chocolate, apples and cheese, melon and parma ham - but here are 10 more tantalising fruit combinations that you've probably never thought of. Why not try some of them out.

Apples and Ginger
Add some spice to your daily apple by chopping it up and placing it in a bowl. Mix in a dash of ground ginger, let the flavour blend for a while before eating.

Apricots and Black Pepper
If your like food with a bit of bite, try sprinkling your apricots with a pinch of black pepper.

Raspberries and Nectarines
As delicious as they are on their own, raspberries love nothing more than to be teamed with a nectarine. Make a salad of chopped nectarine and whole raspberries  - to spice it up even more try sprinkling the mixture with a bit of ground cinnamon.

Pears and Cheese
Forget the dark chocolate for once and opt for some cheese. The soft texture and sweet flavour of a ripe pear lends it to a sharp hard cheese such as peccorino.

Bananas and Salted Nuts
Chop up your banana and top with chopped salted nuts. Think of it as a more mature banana and peanut butter sandwich.

Oranges and Cinnamon
Dipping your oranges in ground cinnamon will give them a spicy edge. Cinnamon is also a great tool for helping you feel fuller for longer. Bonus!

White Grapes and Tuna
These go surprisingly well with tuna. For a sweet edge to your dish, add slices of white grape to a summer tuna salad with green leaves and a light dressing.

Strawberries and Balsamic Vinegar
Balsamic vinegar - you may have heard of this fruit combination before but have you actually tried it? Strawberries and vinegar are an unlikely paring but they really do go well together. Just drizzle a small amount over a bowl of strawberries and leave them to soak up the flavour for a few minutes before devouring.

Watermelon and Chicken
Forget about the ham and melon mixes of yesterday. This summer it's all about teaming watermelon with delicious strips of grilled chicken.

Pineapple and Basil
When it comes to mixing fruit with herbs, most of us stop at mint. Pineapple, however loves nothing more than being paired with basil. You can keep it simple by adding torn basil to your chopped pineapple or be daring with a pineapple basil sorbet - either way it will taste delicious.

Have you got any delicious fruit combos that you'd like to share?

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