Almost every Saturday, I buy a cup of fruit from one of the street vendors on Calle 100. I spend 1.000 COP to keep my stomach from growling during my one class of the day. There are plenty of these vendors around Bogota. They offer sliced mango and pineapple, mixed fruit with cream, or salpicon.
What is salpicon? If you look for a recipe on the internet, salpicon consists of chopped fruits:
- Piña. Pineapple
- Sandia. Watermelon
- Banano. Banana
- Melón. Cantelope
- Manzana. Apple
- Colombiana A soda pop that you probably can’t find in the USA, sorry.
The recipes vary a bit when it comes to the liquid ingredients. Some say fresh watermelon or strawberry juice, others say the Colombiana pop. One of my students says there is a package of powdered flavoring especially for preparing the salpicon.
I didn’t have any of the above liquids, so I used freshly-squeezed orange juice (so that the bananas wouldn’t turn brown).
If you don’t use the citrus fruit juice, you can add top your salpicon with ice cream or crema de leche.