Macedonia- Italian Fruit Salad

This was one of the great dessert recipes i taught for the college kids I taught while they were on their study abroad program.

Roberta in the old upstairs part of the market, would always give me HUGE bags of fruit at the end of the day for 5,000 lira, about 3 dollars.  Roberta is no longer at the market, but her son has a stand downstairs. Tradition lives on.



Some sugar and a little white wine  and voilaРdessert for 10.

Dessert is usually not served at the end of an Italian family meal. Fruit is dessert and a bowl of fruit is always present at every meal, even in restaurants!

With peaches in season, a favorite way to finish off a meal is to cut the peach up into your wine glass–which in Italy is a tumbler–and then 1 or 2 tablespoons of sugar and stir. Top off the fruit with wine and sit back and chit-chat until the sugar has dissolved. Eat the fruit first (MANGI) and the drink( BEVI), the wonderful wine cooler, at the end.

Traditionally, peaches are prepared with white wine and strawberries with red wine. Is this where Arrigo Cipriani of Harry’s Bar in Venice got the idea for the famous Bellini–peach juice with Prosecco wine?

In searching my Italian etymological dictionary, the reference to Macedonia (the country) in this name of this classic fruit salad is probably due to the fact that that country is comprised of a lot of different populations.

Summer Macedonia di Frutta

1 bottle of a good light white wine
About 1 cup of fresh fruit in season per person:

Cut the pieces of fruit into bite-size pieces. Place in a large bowl and add about 1 cup of sugar. The sugar draws the juices out of the fruit and sweetens the wine, so don’t cut back. Stir the sugar into the fruit, encouraging the juices that will leave the fruit. Cover with white wine. Stir again. Let sit.

Serve the Macedonia chilled. For festive occasions, top it with a scoop of vanilla ice cream.

BONUS! The wine will blend with the juices of the fruit to create a fabulous wine cooler!


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