Do you sprinkle salt on your fruit?
I started doing it a while ago and now I can’t imagine fruit without it! Imagine it to be like the classic Italian appetizer, Prosciutto & Melon. The salt of the prosciutto brings out the sweetness of the cantaloupe which results in a perfect balance. Interesting, right? It works if you have unripe fruit, too. Add a pinch of salt and it will bring out the sweetness where it would otherwise be bitter.
Use a flaky sea salt or kosher salt to better control the amount you’re using. It’s a simple step that makes a big difference!
Now that I’m in Antigua, I visit little fruit stands on the street corners here that sell bags of sliced mango, watermelon, papaya, etc. The lady below is my favorite since she always has the best, ripe mango (locals, she’s usually on the corner right before the Arch).
She’ll ask you if you want pepitoria (ground pumpkin seeds), chile, salt, and lime. I always get chile, salt, and lime, but no pepitoria since it seems to be an acquired taste (most Guatemalans love it though). Make sure you monitor the amount of chile going into your fruit though since some of them have a pretty heavy hand (speaking from experience).
The entire transaction takes about 30 seconds, and the bags of fruit/veggies always cost Q5, no matter where you go (about $0.75)!
There’s no excuse not to eat healthy when you have options like this (literally on every corner). The ideal “fast food”!
Try it at home with this variation from The Chew, using mint!