Three days ago we set foot on Grand Cayman, one of the three islands that make up the Cayman Islands. Craving watermelon and a palm tree to sit under, I suddenly realised that the Caribbean summer season was going to offer me much more than just melon. Immediately Martin, a local farmer, handed me a sweetsop, also known as a sugar or custard apple, that looks like a pine cone and tastes like custard. It’s now a firm favourite at the top of my grocery list.
I decided to make a salad to showcase this wonderful fruit in combination with some fresh, tasty and colourful produce sourced from the local markets.
- Rinse spinach, endive or lettuce, capsicum and green beans. Break apart the sweetsop (custard apple) into segments and tease out the flesh discarding the skin and large black seeds.
- Lightly steam the green beans until just cooked. Finely slice peppers lengthways.
- Mix all ingredients together with a squeeze of lime juice to finish and get ready to tingle your tastebuds.
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