Melon and Tropical Fruit Salad

Growing up, fruit salads were an ever-present dish at family gatherings. I don’t mean the fruit cocktail from a tin can with maraschino cherries. Homemade fruit salad, full of home-canned fruits, like peaches, apricots, and pears. Coming from agricultural roots gave my family a few quirks, and home-canning food in large quantities was one of them. My family loves to can food. Fruits, vegetables, juice, homemade jams and jellies, pickles, I’ve even seen large batches of homemade ketchup in the works. If it grows in their gardens, it goes in a can. “Can” is a misnomer, too, because everyone used glass Ball jars with screw-on lids.

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