Trying to explain to an English person the sort of snacks I used to eat when I was a child is a bit difficult. Once el marido aka the hubby, asked me that questions and he just couldn’t understand why do we add lime juice and chilli powder to fruit. Yes, Mexican are so in love with chilli that we even add it to our sweets and treats and this is the case of this childhood Mexican food memory dish, Pico de Gallo…
I know that most of you known pico de gallo as this Mexican salad made with tomatoes, onion, coriander, chilli and lime, but growing up in the north, my pico de gallo was a sweet treat made with fruit. This treat is so popular that it is sold outside of schools or in plazas, el Frutero, is the person that sells pico de gallo and other treats made with fruit.
I remember coming out of school and queuing to buy my pico de gallo, I loved mine with lots of lime, salt and a bit of chilli, the fruit would always be cold and super fresh, as he would cut it in front of you. Then my friends and I would walked back together home eating our fruit and talking nonsense things. So many lovely memories of growing up in Mexico.
These days I love making pico de gallo for my little ones and even though they were born in London, they definitely have a Mexican soul and love Mexican sweets and chilli. So every time I make pico de gallo for them, they get really excited.
Pico de Gallo de Frutas
- 1 jicama (Mexican Yam) peeled and diced
- 2 perfectly ripe mangoes peeled and diced
- 1 cucumber peeled, remove seeds and diced
- 300 gr watermelon peeled and diced
- 150 gr pineapple peeled and diced
- tajin or salt and chilli powder
- 3 limes
- In a large bowl mix all the fruits, squeeze the juice of the limes and add as much tajin or salt and chilli powder you fancy.
- Place in the fridge for 10 minutes, so all the flavour combine. Serve chill and enjoy in cups.