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Summer Fruit with Cardamom-Lime Syrup

We keep this dessert of Summer Fruit light by drizzling with citrusy Cardamom-Lime Syrup.

Coastal Living JULY 2013

  • Yield: Makes 6 to 8 servings
  • Cook time: 2 Minutes
  • Prep time: 19 Minutes
  • Steep: 8 Hours, 30 Minutes


  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • Pinch of salt
  • 6 green cardamom pods, cracked
  • 1/4 cup fresh lime juice
  • 1 small watermelon, quartered and sliced into 1-inch-thick wedges
  • 4 large mangoes, cut into 1-inch wedges and scored
  • 1 tablespoon julienned fresh mint


1. Combine sugar, salt, and 1/3 cup water in a small saucepan over medium-low heat. Simmer, stirring occasionally, 2 to 3 minutes or until sugar dissolves. Stir in cardamom pods and lime juice. Remove from heat; steep 30 minutes.

2. Pour mixture into a glass or plastic container; cover and chill 8 hours or overnight. Strain cardamom pods from syrup, and discard pods.

3. Arrange watermelon and mango on a serving platter. Sprinkle with mint. Drizzle with about half of syrup, and serve with remaining syrup.


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