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Stardew Valley Inspired Recipe: Fruit Salad

Andrea is a home baker who loves to perfect challenging cakes, breads, and the like. She is on a quest to find the perfect flavor combos.

The Stardew Valley fruit salad recipe might sound unusual at first since it combines fruits you normally don't see together. The fruits do harmonize well and make for a nutritious snack. This is a perfect recipe for a summer picnic.

The Stardew Valley fruit salad recipe might sound unusual at first since it combines fruits you normally don't see together. The fruits do harmonize well and make for a nutritious snack. This is a perfect recipe for a summer picnic.

Fruity Recipe Inspired by a Video Game

Stardew Valley is one of my favorite video games. It's one of the most relaxing and simplistic games I've ever played. One of my favorite parts of the game is the cooking feature. There is a long list of recipes, many of which are either vegetarian or pescatarian.

In the game, the cooking ingredients are creative. You can obtain the ingredients in several different ways: farming, fishing, buying them at the grocery store or pub, finding ingredients in chests, beating enemies, and receiving letters with food.

The game's approach for fruit salad combines three fruits that you normally don't see together: blueberries, watermelon, and apricots. I decided to make a version of this fruit salad. It's incredibly easy to make and delicious! I recommend buying the watermelon pre-cut.

Cook Time

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10 min

10 min

Serves four to six people

In This Article

  • Ingredients
  • Instructions
  • Photo Instructions
  • Add Flair
  • Healthy Snack
  • When to Serve
  • Tips for the Best Fruit Salad
  • How to Tell When Fruits Are Ripe
  • Storage
  • Video Game Trivia

"A delicious combination of summer fruits."

— The Queen of Sauce, Stardew Valley

Ingredients

  • 1 cup blueberries
  • 1 (15-ounce) can apricots
  • 30 cubes watermelon
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons lemon juice
  • 1 teaspoon mint, crushed

Instructions

  1. Wash the blueberries. Drain the canned apricots, wash the slices, and then cut the slices into smaller pieces. Slice the watermelon into cubed pieces. Wash the watermelon cubes. Dry the fruits as best as possible.
  2. In a large bowl, mix together the fruit with the lemon juice and mint. You may adjust ingredients as you like. Don't go too crazy with stirring. The apricots will start to fall apart.
  3. Cover any leftover salad and put it in the fridge.

Add Flair

Want to give this fruit salad more personality? Try any of the following ideas:

  • Add dairy ingredients, such as yogurt or whipped cream.
  • Add the fruit salad into Jell-O.
  • Try lime juice instead of lemon juice . . . or skip the citrus juice altogether.

Healthy Snack

The fruit salad is packed with fiber. Blueberries, apricots, and watermelons are rich in fiber. The salad is juicy/wet. All three fruits have high water content. This is a great snack if you're feeling dehydrated.

Here are some other things to note about the fruits:

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  • Blueberries: They're packed with Vitamin K, which is good for your heart. Blueberries have antioxidants, making them a desirable food for a healthy diet.
  • Apricots: The fruit has lutein, carotenoids, and Vitamin E, which are all good for supporting the health of your eyes.
  • Watermelon: It's high in potassium and antioxidants. It's helpful for soothing muscles and decreasing inflammation.

When to Serve

The fruit salad could be served as a side at lunch or dinner or as a dessert. All three fruits are considered summer fruits. I recommend serving it with picnic foods.

Tips for the Best Fruit Salad

  • Use fruits that are fresh and in season. This will give your salad the best flavor.
  • There is no need for a dressing. The combination of blueberries, apricots, and watermelon is already wet. Adding dressing beyond something as simple as a few drops of lemon juice will make your salad slushy.
  • It might be easier to add the fruits incrementally to make it easier to mix them up. Since these are sensitive fruits, it's easy to over-stir.
  • Don't use frozen fruit. It will add too much moisture to your salad. Also, frozen fruit in a salad is unpleasant to eat.
  • Watermelon is the star of the show. It's a great base for the salad. The more watermelon, the better.

How to Tell When Fruits Are Ripe

If you want to pick blueberries for your salad, the best ones are plump and have a deep blue color with a grayish dusting. If the blueberry is firm or has a red tint, it isn't ripe yet. Red blueberries will taste tart.

  • Blueberries should fall off the stem with barely any effort. Blueberries are generally harvested from late May to mid-August.
  • Apricots are ripe when they're plump and firm. They'll have a little bit of softness to them. If they're hard, they're not ripe yet. If they're squishy, they've gone past their peak. Ripe apricots have a strong floral smell.
  • Watermelon is ripe when its green color turns dull. On striped watermelons, the color between the stripes will darken. The rind also gets hard. If the watermelon has a yellow field spot, it will be flavorful. If it has a white field spot, it's not quite ripe. A sweet melon will have sugar seeping out of it.

Storage

Cover your fruit salad with plastic wrap and leave it in the fridge. I would suggest eating it within the next couple of days. The fruit will continue to release some of its juices, making it wet and mushy.

If your fruit salad gets too mushy, you may want to consider tossing it in a blender and making smoothies. Just add a cup or so of apple juice, orange juice, or something similar with ice cubes and/or frozen fruit.

"Fruit Salad! Here's a healthy and delicious treat to brighten up your day. The most important thing to remember is that you need ripe fruit. Forget the bland stuff they sell at the supermarket . . . I'm talking fresh-picked, juicy, bursting-with-flavor fruit."

— The Queen of Sauce, Stardew Valley

Video Game Trivia

The fruit salad is liked by virtually everyone. Haley loves it. Krobus, Willy, and Leo dislike it.

Fruit salad is a great item to have in your backpack. It restores the highest amount of energy and health of any cooked dish. It gives 263 energy and 118 health.

You learn the recipe from the Queen of Sauce. You can learn it starting on Fall day 7, year 2.

Here is how you procure the fruits in the game:

  • You need to buy seeds from Pierre for the blueberries. They're sold in the summer. It takes 13 days to grow the crop.
  • You need to buy seeds from Pierre for the melon. They're also sold in summer. It takes 12 days to grow the fruit.
  • Apricots are grown by planting an apricot sapling. It takes 28 days for the sapling to turn into a tree. You can harvest the fruit in spring.

This content is accurate and true to the best of the author’s knowledge and is not meant to substitute for formal and individualized advice from a qualified professional.

© 2022 Andrea Lawrence

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