Sephardic Jews make ample use of fresh seasonal fruits and vegetables throughout the year. In the summer, they prepare a refreshing fruit salad called Macedonia de Frutas.
This salad is a combination of ripe cut up fruits, sweetened with simple syrup, and flavored with rosewater. Its name derives from the Macedonian empire of Alexander the Great. His conquests stretched over many cultures, races, and different peoples. Macedon derives from the french word Macédoine, which means a combination of elements.
Macedonia de Frutas
Adapted from The Sephardic Kitchen: The Healthy Food and Rich Culture of the Mediterranean Jews by Rabbi Robert Sternberg
- 10 cups of cut up peaches, apricots, cherries, or any other summer fruits of your choice
- 2 cups water
- 1 cup sugar
- 1 1/2 teaspoon rosewater
- 1 cup of crushed pistachio nuts
- Make the simple syrup by bringing the water and sugar to a boil in a saucepan for 10 minutes.
- Remove from the flame and allow to cool to room temperature.
- Add the rosewater.
- Place the cut up fruit in a large bowl and pour the rosewater-simple syrup mix over the fruit.
- Cover the bowl with clingy plastic wrap, and refrigerate for two hours.
- Serve with a sprinkling of crushed pistachio nuts.