Living in Florida and having wonderful neighbors means more oranges than I can use.  It seems that every couple of days they show up with another bag of oranges. While it has helped my grocery budget because I am not buying as much fruit, the kids are getting tired of them.  The solution – Ambrosia.

What is ambrosia you ask… According to Wikipedia it is a food of the Greek god’s that confers immortality to whoever eats it. While by no means will I claim that it gives immortality, I know it is loaded with Vitamin C.


Ambrosia has been a family favorite at Christmas time at my house for many years. My mother even had a special bowl we always put the ambrosia in. While I am not held to tradition, we have eaten several large bowls of ambrosia lately. It is a quick fruit salad to put together.

4-5 small navel oranges
1  15 oz can of mandarin oranges slices
1   8 oz can of crushed pineapple
1/2 cup shredded sweetened coconut
1   10 oz jar of maraschino cherries


Peel oranges, being careful to remove as much of the pith as possible. Slice the orange segments into bite size pieces and remove any seeds. Please oranges in a large bowl. Drain and add mandarin oranges and pineapple. Then add the coconut. Stir carefully. When ready to serve drain the cherries and cut in half. Gently toss cherries with the other fruit and serve.

NOTE: If you add the cherries too soon it will cause the coconut to turn pink.

I hope you enjoy this recipe. Here is a printable copy of the Ambrosia recipe, available in both 4×6 and 3×5.


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