Preparation time : 10 min
Cooking time : none
Location : Maritime Guinea
Vegetarian : Yes
Difficulty : Easy
With : Fruits
Cost : Inexpensive
Cooking method : Without cooking

This is a refreshing, perfumed and light dessert after a good meal.

The region were I grew-up Foulaya (Kindia- Guinean west coast region) is known as Guinean garden in a sense that you can find there every possible tropical fruits). There is an agronomic research institute and university where all type of tropical fruits were experimented in the early 60′s.  

Ingredients (For 6 people)

  • 2 large mangoes

  • 1 pomelo ou 2 oranges

  • 1 pineapple

  • 2 bananas

  • 1 papaya

  • 2 passions fruits

  • 200 ml water

  • 100 gr cane sugar

  • 1 lime

  • 1 pinch of Cardamom (or according to taste, cinnamon or nutmeg)

  • 1 vanilla pod (optional)


  • Peel mangoes and cut them small chuncks.

  • Cut the papaya in two, lengthwise, peeled & deseed it. Cut the papaya also in small dices.

  • Peel the pineapple, slice it and then cut in chuncks. I would recommend not removing the hard middle, as this part is excellent for the health & full of vitamins.

  • Peel and segment the pomelo. Prune it and only keep the pulp of the citrus fruit.

  • Gently combine all in a big bowl. Cut in two the passion fruit and add it to all the fruits with a tea spoon. Peel the bananas and sliced them in the bowl.

  • Bring to boil the water, sugar and the vanilla pod until complete dissolution of the sugar. Let it cool, add the lime juice in the syrup and stir in the remaining ingredients (pinch of cardamom or nutmeg). Spray the syrup on the fruits, combine all carefully and refrigerate it for at least 2 hours. Serve and decorate with Mint leaves.

Tips and Tricks

According to seasons we can also add of soursop, guavas, watermelon or grapefruit. There are no limitations, all depends on your tastes and on what is available.