Macedonia Di Frutta (Mixed Fresh Fruit)

Course : Desserts
Serves: 6
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1 1/2 Cups Orange Juice
1 Cup White Wine -- * see note
1 Teaspoon Lemon Peel -- grated
1 medium apple
1 medium Pear
1 medium Banana
2 Pounds Mixed Fruit -- ** see note
1/3 Cup Vanilla Sugar
1 bunch Mint Leaves -- optional

Preparation / Directions:

* A medium-sweet wine is most suitable. ** Seasonal fruits (strawberries, cherries, nectarines, mangoes, melon, Italian plums, seedless grapes, etc.) Pour orange juice and wine into a large glass serving bowl and stir in lemon peel. Peel and core apple and pear, then cut them into small cubes. Slice the banana thin. Hold the fruit over the bowl and chop it on a plate so you don't lose any of the juices. The larger fruits should be pitted, peeled and cubed. Cherries should be pitted and left whole. Stir the fruit into the liquid as soon as it is cut (the juices and wine will help retain the colors). Cover and refrigerate for at least 2 hours. The macedonia can be made the night before. Serve lightly chilled garnished with mint leaves. NOTES: If you use purple plums, add them at the last minute to prevent their color from changing the color of the other fruit

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