Fuji apples, Asian pears, and juicy plums are just a few of the sweet pleasures enjoyed in the autumn by people who live in Japan. The same fruits are probably available in a grocery store where you live. With holidays coming up, you might want to prepare one of these recipes for your family and guests. Ask an adult for help, and make sure you wash your fruit well. Look across the page for more holiday ideas!
Asian pears are so delicious that they can be enjoyed just the way they are. Just cut them into wedges and enjoy the crisp texture and sweet taste. The juicier, the better!
Fuji Apple and Pear Salad (Serves 6)
2 medium Fuji apples, chopped (do not peel)
2 medium pears, cut in half and sliced (do not peel)
1 stalk of celery, sliced thin
20 seedless grapes, red or green, slice in half lengthwise
2 tablespoons of orange juice
1 tablespoon of honey
¼ teaspoon cinnamon
¼ teaspoon nutmeg
1 head of lettuce, chopped or torn into small pieces
Carefully chop apples and pears and place in a large bowl. Add sliced celery and grapes. In a small bowl, combine the orange juice, honey, cinnamon, and nutmeg, stirring until smooth. Pour over fruit and stir until
mixture is evenly coated. Place the lettuce in a pretty salad bowl.
Spoon the fruit mixture over the lettuce
Serve and enjoy the compliments!
Broiled Plums (Serves 4)
8 medium ripe plums, cut in half, pits removed
1 teaspoon ground ginger
3 tablespoons brown sugar
¼ cup almonds, chopped
Preheat oven to broil. Position the top rack about five inches from the broiler. Place the plums in a medium bowl. Sprinkle the ginger and brown sugar over the mixture. Toss lightly until evenly coated. Let sit for 10 minutes. Spoon the plums into a baking pan in a single layer. Sprinkle the chopped nuts over the plums. Carefully slide the baking pan under the broiler. Broil until the sugar is bubbling and the fruit is lightly browned, about 10-12 minutes. Depending on the oven temperature, it may take a little longer. Take care in removing the broiled plums from the oven. Spoon into dessert bowls. Top with yogurt if desired.
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