June 7, 2007

Rum Raisin Fruit Salad

It’s fruit salad season. Scour your local supermarkets and farm stands for great prices and delicious selections of summer fruit like watermelon, cantaloupe, grapefruit (Ok, not local here and not in season, but good) pineapple (Again, not local. Sue me.), honeydew melon… whatever you like.

My recent fruit salad had watermelon, cantaloupe, pineapple and red seedless grapes. Over that I squeezed the juice of a lemon and the juice of a lime. The fresh lime juice was a great addition; it clings to the watermelon.

To this I also added a couple of hands full of raisins which had been soaked in spiced rum for about 2 days. The results? Yummy.

It’s not at all a strong rum flavor; the raisins don’t absorb as much as you would think. However, it does add a slight kick. Use cheap rum, though.

Posted by James at June 7, 2007 8:28 AM
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melon trivia: if you have nasal allergies, eating melon will make symptoms worse! read it years ago, confirmation from WebMD here: http://www.webmd.com/allergies/features/natural-allergy-relief

So I guess that means I'll eat all the raisins :D (hic)

Posted by: mjfrombuffalo at June 7, 2007 10:09 AM

I've been craving cantaloupe ever since the fruit salad question.

I have a hard time making fruit salad because there are so many fruits that I like, I want to use all of them. Cantaloupe goes well with grapes, strawberries and pineapple. And then I'd have to do another salad with peaches, strawberries, and bananas (kinda greenish bananas... ripe bananas are gross in a salad). And blueberries.

And then maybe a citrus fruit salad... with strawberries.

My grandmother used to make one with grapefruit, cantaloupe, grapes, bananas... I don't remember what else.

Orange sherbet goes well with all of these. :)

Posted by: Julie at June 7, 2007 10:17 AM

Crap - melons are bad for nasal allergies? Horrible news.

According to New York University allergist Clifford Bassett, MD, if you suffer from ragweed or other weed pollen allergies, "you should avoid eating melon, banana, cucumber, sunflower seeds, chamomile, and any herbal supplements containing echinacea, all of which can make symptoms much worse," he says.

Holy crap, that's practically a list of my entire diet, except for the herbal supplement mumbo-jumbo on the end. Bananas, chamomile tea, cucumber... I am NOT giving up my Hendrick's gin and tonics.

Posted by: James at June 7, 2007 11:00 AM

I've heard this before, but I've got a ragweed allergy, and I can honestly say that none of the things on that list have ever given me any trouble except when I'm already being annoyed by ragweed pollen. (In which case I would assume that the ragweed pollen is causing the problem.)

Posted by: Julie at June 7, 2007 11:38 AM

Before you go cutting things out of your diet, be careful. I would be interested to know the particulars of the study, like whether it was of 10 people or 10,000.

Also, are there other studies to corroborate this one?

If we all changed our diets every time ONE study was published, we would all have eating disorders.

Food for thought (totally didn't mean the pun).

Posted by: Patti M. at June 7, 2007 12:21 PM

Oh, no! And I just threw out all of those foods and wrote angry letters to every market in town for carrying them based on a comment on James' blog! :-P

I think the idea is that if you're allergic to ragweed, you might also have food allergies to foods that are in the same plant family, so be cautious. I'm allergic to ragweed and I have no trouble with melon, bananas, cucumber, etc. Food allergies are actually very rare.

Posted by: Maggie at June 8, 2007 8:46 AM

I noticed fewer problems with my allergies when I stopped eating cantaloupe. Whether it interfered with my allergy meds or what, I don't know, but I can eat cantaloupe in the winter with no problem.

As for research, I don't have a lot of time to dig for studies, but it's also cited at http://www.aaaai.org/patients/advocate/2003/fall/reactions.stm (American Academy of Allergy Asthma and Immunology - scroll down to the box titled "Cross reactivity and oral allergy syndrome."

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