Fresh fruit with lime, lemongrass and mint

Neil Perry
Perfect summer dessert: Fresh fruit with lime, lemongrass and mint.
Perfect summer dessert: Fresh fruit with lime, lemongrass and mint. Photo: William Meppem
Difficulty
Easy
Dietary
Dairy-free

What better way to finish a meal in summer than with a big bowl of seasonal fruit? By all means, serve it with a big scoop of vanilla ice-cream, if it takes your fancy.

Ingredients

2 mangoes, peeled and cut into large chunks

500g lychees, peeled, cut in half and pitted

500g cherries, pitted

½ bunch mint leaves

Lime and lemongrass syrup

225g caster sugar

zest of 1 lime

juice of 5 limes

1 stalk lemongrass, cut into 5cm lengths

Method

To make the syrup, combine the sugar and 185ml water in a small, heavy-based saucepan and stir over a low heat until the sugar is fully dissolved. Add the lime zest, lime juice and lemongrass, bring to the boil, reduce the heat and simmer uncovered for 8 minutes. Strain.

Combine all the fruit in a large bowl. Toss with the syrup and place in the fridge for a couple of hours. Gently toss through the mint leaves and serve immediately.