I love fresh fruit. You just feel better when you eat good, fresh food. Don’t you think? This fruit soup was so refreshing when we had been working hard in the hot sun all day. Nice and light but still pretty filling. This would be perfect for a summer side dish or just a nice snack. This simple recipe is a great way to involve your little ones in the kitchen. They can help you prep the fruit and add it to the bowl once you’ve sliced it. If you have kids that are a little bit older they can help you stir it all together. You just want to be careful not to stir it too much if you’ve added any softer fruits like bananas.  You could use whatever fruit you have on hand but make sure to let it chill in the refrigerator before serving. It wont thicken up, but it’s much better cold. We chose to leave the peels on our apples to keep more of the nutrients  and to add a little bit more color to the dish but you can peel your apples if you’d prefer or to make it more kid friendly.

What Is Tapioca?

Tapioca is a starch that comes from the cassava plant.

Tapioca pearls are commonly used to make tapioca pudding and bubble teas.

Tapioca is also used as a thickener.

Is Mandarin Orange Good During Pregnancy?

Mandarin oranges are helpful for pregnant women and their babies.

Mandarin oranges are a great source of the B-vitamin complex, such as folate or folic acid.

Folic acid helps red blood cell formation in prenatal babies.

Can You Eat Bananas That Have Black Speckles?

The black speckles on a banana skin are an indication the the banana is very ripe.

You can eat bananas with black speckles as long as the inside banana hasn’t turned brown too.

Very dark speckled or even black skin bananas are still good for cooking in breads and cookies

Fruit Soup

Fruit Soup

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Servings: 4
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 5 minutes
Total Time: 10 minutes


  • 3 1/2 Cups Water
  • 1/4 Cup Sugar
  • 3 1/2 Tablespoon Tapioca, minute
  • 6 oz Orange Juice
  • 1 Can Oranges, mandarin
  • 2-3 Bananas
  • 1 quart Peaches
  • Strawberries


  • Boil 1 cup water, sugar and minute tapioca together until tapioca is clear, stirring constantly for a smooth texture.
    3 1/2 Cups Water, 1/4 Cup Sugar, 3 1/2 Tablespoon Tapioca
  • Pour into a big jar & add 6 oz frozen OJ and 2 1/2 C water.
    3 1/2 Cups Water, 6 oz Orange Juice
  • Stir.
  • Add 1 can Mandarin oranges, drained, 2-3 bananas-sliced, 1 quart peaches sliced & any number of strawberries.
    1 Can Oranges, 2-3 Bananas, 1 quart Peaches, Strawberries


Serving: 1gCalories: 232kcalCarbohydrates: 58gProtein: 3gFat: 1gSaturated Fat: 1gSodium: 4mgPotassium: 661mgFiber: 5gSugar: 40gVitamin A: 809IUVitamin C: 21mgCalcium: 17mgIron: 1mg
Author: Sweet Basil
Course: America's Best 4th of July Desserts, Recipes and Sides

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