Yeah, we went there. ~ AMBROSIA ~ You either love it or hate it…and the dividing line between love and hate seems to be one ingredient: coconut. But, this much is clear – Ambrosia absolutely must include coconut!
For many Southerners, ambrosia is a dish often associated with holiday gatherings and your Momma’s or Grandmother’s beautiful serving bowl or tiny crystal serving dishes with those tiny little spoons.
Ambrosia occasionally gets a bad rap and also has a bit of an identity crisis: it might be considered a salad, but it may also be considered a dessert. Some recipes showcase it as a light salad while other recipes are sweeter and include layers of whipped cream or even marshmallows, placing it clearly in the “sweets” category.
The word “ambrosia” means delicious or fragrant. Ambrosia was also the magical fruit of the gods in ancient Greek mythology. The gods on Mount Olympus ate ambrosia to maintain immortality and without it, they became weak. In Homer’s Iliad, the gods bathed in ambrosia and used it as perfume. And, though we are free to enjoy ambrosia today, mythology dictated that mortals would face death if they dared to eat the gods’ ambrosia or drink their divine nectars.
Ambrosia began appearing in cookbooks in the late 1800’s when citrus fruit became more prevalent in markets across the country. These early recipes were very simple, usually including only orange slices, coconut, and sugar layered in a glass dish. As ambrosia’s popularity grew, many versions began to emerge, often with conflicting advice. For instance, Mary D. Pretlow’s Old Southern Recipes warned, “You must not use canned coconut,” while James Beard’s Fireside Cook Book said, “The moist canned coconut is best for this.”
Southern cooks, in particular, began to transform this dish into a more diverse fruit salad prepared with grapefruit, banana, pineapple, maraschino cherries, raisins, nuts, and marshmallows.
Join us Sat-Nov21 for some good ol’ Southern Ambrosia ~ Simply Infused Style! Drop by anytime between 11a and 3p to taste 3 variations of Ambrosia……all made with coconut, of course
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