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Do you salt your fruit?

Jerseygirl111 Apr 8, 2013 02:09 PM

My friend from Costa Rica puts salt on her fresh oranges. I tried it and while it was not bad, I don't know if it's good enough to be worth the extra sodium. However I have discovered a little salt in my homemade Lemonade is just the ticket. It made me wonder if anyone puts salt on any other fruit, or in fruit drinks?


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  1. pinehurst RE: Jerseygirl111 Apr 8, 2013 02:16 PM

    A tiny bit of salt and pepper on cantaloupe, and sometimes a spritz of lime if I have it.

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      chloebell RE: pinehurst Apr 8, 2013 03:03 PM

      Not really. But, I love fresh cracked pepper on cantaloupe!

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        njmarshall55 RE: chloebell Apr 8, 2013 03:07 PM

        I've put salt on my cantaloupe, but not pepper. Will try that next.

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        debbiel RE: pinehurst Apr 8, 2013 05:34 PM

        Pepper on cantaloupe is so lovely! I never did it until having a wonderful cantaloupe margarita with a pepper rim.

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          1sweetpea RE: debbiel Apr 9, 2013 08:00 AM

          I definitely salt (lightly) melons, avocado, tomatoes and cucumbers. I have never considered salting berries, apples, pineapple, mangoes, citrus fruits, guavas or pears, but now I'm interested to see if it improves them in any way.

      3. Uncle Bob RE: Jerseygirl111 Apr 8, 2013 02:21 PM

        A little salt on watermelon.........sometimes.

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          foodieX2 RE: Uncle Bob Apr 8, 2013 02:48 PM

          along that line I love feta with watermelon because of the salty/sweet combo

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            debbiel RE: Uncle Bob Apr 8, 2013 05:34 PM

            A thumb's up for salt on watermelon. Been doing that since I was a little girl.

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            thegforceny RE: Jerseygirl111 Apr 8, 2013 02:38 PM


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              Indy 67 RE: thegforceny Apr 9, 2013 07:42 AM

              Not salt, but a friend from El Salvador introduced me to ripe mango with hot sauce. I typically use a cayenne mash like Crystal or Cholula Chili Lime Sauce.

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                INDIANRIVERFL RE: thegforceny Apr 9, 2013 08:52 AM



                Hear Hear


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                wattacetti RE: Jerseygirl111 Apr 8, 2013 02:51 PM

                Watermelon, guava, pineapple.

                1. mudcat RE: Jerseygirl111 Apr 8, 2013 02:59 PM

                  Yes, I lightly salt a good apple. Haven't tried it on oranges but will do so. Will advise.

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                    mudcat RE: mudcat Apr 18, 2013 06:09 AM

                    A little salt does enhance the flavor of an orange that needs it. Tried it yesterday and two Library ladies agreed with me.

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                    Chefpaulo RE: Jerseygirl111 Apr 8, 2013 03:03 PM

                    Absolutely! I first learned of the salt/fruit marriage when I visited Hawaii with my parents in 1965. A light sprinkling of salt on fresh cut pineapple greatly enhanced the flavor. However, salt high, and not too much. The idea is to awaken the taste buds but not inform them.

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                      Rasam RE: Jerseygirl111 Apr 8, 2013 03:04 PM

                      Definitely: guavas, unripe mangoes, and grapefruit are basically vehicles for salt, red chilli powder or chaat masala.

                      Mixed fruit chaat is also good with salt, lemon juice, and chaat masala.

                      I also love a pinch of salt and fresh ground black pepper in lemonade.

                      Not tried salt on apples or melons however.

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                        1. eLizard RE: Jerseygirl111 Apr 9, 2013 07:35 AM

                          i salt my jam. and sometimes sprinkle some on melon.

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                            HillJ RE: Jerseygirl111 Apr 9, 2013 07:44 AM

                            Actually I don't add salt but I do sprinkle ground black pepper on certain fruits (watermelon, Asian pear, avocado).

                            1. ipsedixit RE: Jerseygirl111 Apr 9, 2013 07:46 AM

                              My mom does this with pineapples. But not regular salt; rather, sour plum salt.

                              1. hill food RE: Jerseygirl111 Apr 9, 2013 07:47 AM

                                in addition to the others, a tiny sprinkle of coarse sea or Kosher salt on sliced strawberries.

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                                  grubstreet RE: hill food Apr 10, 2013 05:06 AM

                                  Yes! I just had a basket of strawberries that was pretty woody, and adding a wee bit of Kosher salt and then letting them sit for a few minutes really brought out the flavour.

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                                    lynnlato RE: hill food Apr 10, 2013 06:14 AM

                                    And cracked pepper on fresh, sweet strawberries is heavenly as well. Brings out the natural sweetness.

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                                      EM23 RE: lynnlato Apr 10, 2013 02:32 PM

                                      And on grapefruit - delicious!

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                                        lynnlato RE: EM23 Apr 11, 2013 03:14 PM

                                        I'll have to try it on grapefruit next. :)

                                  2. JungMann RE: Jerseygirl111 Apr 9, 2013 07:50 AM

                                    My family would go so far as to put salty shrimp paste on mangoes for their salt fix. I never developed an appreciation for pairing fruit with salty protein aside from the occasional watermelon and feta salad.

                                    1. MGZ RE: Jerseygirl111 Apr 9, 2013 07:52 AM

                                      Salt on a piece of grapefruit is wonderful. In season, I like to take chunks of fresh melon. mix 'em with diced habaneros, salt 'em, and make a fine breakfast for myself.

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                                        SweetPhyl RE: MGZ Apr 9, 2013 01:10 PM


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                                        pine time RE: Jerseygirl111 Apr 9, 2013 08:07 AM

                                        Grew up salting oranges, apples and watermelon. Didn't know that everyone didn't! Haven't used salt on any fruit since I left for college.

                                        1. ChrisOC RE: Jerseygirl111 Apr 9, 2013 08:12 AM

                                          Salt on watermelon
                                          Pepper on cantaloupe

                                          1. luckyfatima RE: Jerseygirl111 Apr 9, 2013 08:44 AM

                                            Yes! Chaat masala, Tajín or Lucas, lime juice, salt, black salt, pepper, chile, a little bit of extra sugar, all of these amplify the fruits' flavors. I am craving a Mexican style fruit cup now!

                                            1. Perilagu Khan RE: Jerseygirl111 Apr 9, 2013 08:51 AM

                                              Just watermelon.

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                                                amazinc RE: Jerseygirl111 Apr 9, 2013 11:22 AM

                                                +1 on the watermelon, black pepper on cantaloupe and a huge +1 on the sour plum salt on pineapple. Also like
                                                salt on apples, peaches, but the best is strawberries with balsamic vinegar and black pepper. Strawberries are in season here in South Central Texas and I'm loving them!

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                                                  jujuthomas RE: Jerseygirl111 Apr 9, 2013 11:30 AM

                                                  just a sprinkle of salt on cantelope, tomatoes and avocados.

                                                  1. SweetPhyl RE: Jerseygirl111 Apr 9, 2013 01:12 PM

                                                    Lemons, grapefruit, apples,cantaloupe, pineapple...it's all better with salt! Wish I had some right now!

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                                                      seamunky RE: Jerseygirl111 Apr 9, 2013 01:17 PM

                                                      Yes, I find all my fruits are improved by a touch of salt. Some require more than others. Bananas don't really need much salt since there isn't much acid to them.

                                                      I don't salt all my fruits all the time though but I do like the combo.

                                                      1. biondanonima RE: Jerseygirl111 Apr 9, 2013 01:47 PM

                                                        Depends on my mood, but I have been known to salt cantaloupe, honeydew, watermelon, mangoes and pineapple (although the latter two are usually with chili and lime as well). Other fruits I don't generally salt, but I enjoy most fruits with salty cheeses, which is the same sort of idea.

                                                        I love a salt rim on fruity/citrus-based cocktails - the Salty Dog (white grapefruit juice and vodka with a salt rim) is a favorite.

                                                        I always salt avocados and tomatoes.

                                                        1. Teague RE: Jerseygirl111 Apr 9, 2013 09:45 PM

                                                          I salt canteloupe and similar melons. My mom always did, and I learned it was good. Never thought to try it with other fruits, but maybe I would eat them more if I start. Will report back!

                                                          1. alkapal RE: Jerseygirl111 Apr 9, 2013 11:15 PM

                                                            s&p on cantaloupe.

                                                            salt on other melons.

                                                            salt with grapefruit, sometimes.

                                                            salt with apples, sometimes.

                                                            1. Lillipop RE: Jerseygirl111 Apr 9, 2013 11:33 PM

                                                              Sometimes on watermelon slices because we grew up eating it that way and on sweet Fuji apples just a sprinkle of fine sea salt enhances that luscious sweetness of the Fuji.I just remembered I have three Fuji's in the fruit bowl.....later:)

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                                                                alkapal RE: Lillipop Apr 10, 2013 04:15 AM

                                                                i just saw a lovely little apple and cabbage salad with tangy dressing. it looked perfect for this hot weather today (here in northern virginia, where we are supposed to hit 89!). http://pleaseyourmaninthekitchen.blog...

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                                                                  Lillipop RE: alkapal Apr 10, 2013 05:45 AM

                                                                  That is hotter than California right now. We have been up to 82 but there has been severe winds which combined with the heat usually brings the wild fires:( That salad looks delicious.

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                                                                  Will Owen RE: Lillipop Apr 10, 2013 03:08 PM

                                                                  My grandfather Owen liked salt on his watermelon. Nobody else in the family did, except his dog! If you dropped some melon for her she'd just sniff at it, but put a little salt on it and she'd snarf it right up.

                                                                  I do think a pinch of salt in lemonade perks it up. Coffee, too, though that's sort of offtopic …

                                                                3. inaplasticcup RE: Jerseygirl111 Apr 10, 2013 05:37 AM

                                                                  Every once in a while I'll salt fruit that's tart for its kind to bring out the sweetness, but not regularly.

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                                                                    sandylc RE: Jerseygirl111 Apr 10, 2013 06:13 PM

                                                                    Haven't read all of the posts to see if it's been mentioned, but it is common to salt grapefruit to counteract the bitterness.

                                                                    Hubby eats salt on watermelon - I think it's a crime to do that to such a sweet and delicate fruit.

                                                                    1. tcamp RE: Jerseygirl111 Apr 11, 2013 08:26 AM

                                                                      I have a little jar of Chile Fruit picked up randomly at a hispanic market. It takes like chile powder, cayenne, and fine salt. It is really good on fruit, especially on peaches and mangos.

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                                                                        jeanmarieok RE: Jerseygirl111 Apr 18, 2013 06:13 AM

                                                                        I salt cantaloupe, mostly because my mom did it when I was a kid.

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