Fresh Fruit With Lemon Verbena Simple Syrup

READY IN: 28mins
YIELD: 8 cups


  • Simple syrup
  • 2
    cups water
  • 14
    cup sugar (I used unbleached white sugar)
  • 2
    tablespoons fresh lemon verbena, washed and minced
  • Salad
  • 1
    cup strawberry, cleaned, hulled and sliced
  • 2
    cups cantaloupe, peeled and cut into bite size chunks
  • 1
    orange, peeled and sliced
  • 1 -2
    cup yellow grapefruit, peeled and sliced
  • 1 -2
    cup red seedless watermelon, rind removed and cut into bite size chunks
  • Garnish
  • fresh lemon verbena leaf


  • Simple syrup: combine the water and sugar in a small pan and bring to the boil.
  • Boil mixture until it is reduced by half.
  • Stir in the lemon verbena leaves. Set aside to allow verbena leaves to infuse and the mixture to cool completely.
  • Salad: Prep the fruit and arrange on a large shallow platter.
  • Once the simple syrup is cool, use a fine mesh strainer and drizzle the syrup all over the fruit.
  • *Garnish fruit with a few fresh lemon verbena leaves. Or cover and chill until ready to serve.
  • *Tip: fresh lemon verbena leaves wilt quickly. Garnish the fruit platter with freshly cut lemon verbena leaves [just] before serving.
  • Yield is estimated.