I was asked to do a small 'festive or holiday' food demonstration at the new Kino'ole Farmers Market in Hilo. The demo was this morning and I decided what is more festive and holidayish than an Ambrosia Salad.
In South Carolina, where we lived for many years, Ambrosia is traditionally served during the Christmas Holidays or even as part of the Christmas dinner. Since we have so many beautiful fruits available to us at this time of year, I decided to make it a Tropical Ambrosia.
Starting with a pineapple, long recognized as 'the symbol for hospitality', I hollowed a pineapple shell with a great gadget that cores and slices it at the same time, leaving an intact shell which can be used for other purposes....of course, we saved the top to replant.
I then added the slices of small apple bananas and mixed well with the pineapple pieces and juice so they wouldn't turn color. Building on that base I used an assortment of fruit as follows: