Orange is usually associated with autumn, falling leaves, pumpkins and Halloween. At a prosaic level, it evokes construction signs, RSS feeds, and Home Depot.

Don’t ever go into Home Depot wearing an orange shirt. J did, and found customers asking him for help with building supplies.

To us, orange is the colour of marigolds, butterflies, and of course, oranges.

In India, it is one of the colours of the flag, it’s the attire of sages and rishis, it is the colour of the Rajasthani people, who liven up the desert landscape with their colourful skirts and turbans. It’s the colour of the alphonso mango, of sunrise and of sunset.

And the papaya. Above all, it reminds us of spring.
Like spring, orange stands for energy, the affirmation of life, flamboyance. It blends the brazen physicality of red with the vibrancy and celebration of yellow. It is the colour of ripe produce and reawakened appetities.

It’s a glorious colour. Not many poems have been devoted to it, partly because ‘orange’ is one of the few words in the English language that rhymes with nothing else.

When Meeta of What’s for lunch, Honey? invited a dish that evokes spring, in our mind it had to be orange. And green. We love those colours. We found ourselves using them in our blog header without really planning to. Meeta loves them too. Check out her blog header.

We created this impromptu fruit salsa with what we found in our refrigerator – papaya, green apples and grapes.

Christopher Columbus, after his first taste, called it ‘the fruit of the angels’. Papaya is a nutritional powerhouse. It is an excellent source of vitamin C, folate and potassium. In addition, it is a good source of dietary fiber, vitamin E, vitamin A and vitamin K.

We find the most orange, juicy papayas in the Hispanic or southeast Asian stores.

Raid your refrigerator and pantry, and use any combo of juicy fruits and veggies to come up with a salsa. You will not be disappointed. The secret ingredient in this dish is tequila. A splash makes a lot of difference. Try vodka, gin or brandy if that’s what you have at hand.


4 cups chopped papaya
1 chopped tart apple like Granny Smith – about 2 cups
1 cup halved red grapes
1/3 cup chopped red onion
3 finely chopped green chilies
1/2 tsp grated ginger
2 tbsp lime juice
1/4 tsp ground cumin
3 tbsp chopped cilantro
salt (we used Mrs. Dash sodium-free lemon pepper seasoning)
crushed black pepper
2 tsp tequila (optional)

Mix everything together (except the salt), and let the flavours blend for half an hour. Add the salt, mix gently and serve.

Our entry for the Spring Is In The Air event at What’s for lunch, Honey?.

Papaya 101

All about orange.

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  1. asha says:

    I am baaaackk!!!:D

    I love spring,spent the whole day yesterday refilling the huge pots and planting lot veggies in the patch and flowers too and now suffering the consequences today(my allergy has flared up!):D

    I love the bowl with Tequila,so colorful and very spring except Tequila! Great entry.I will post mine today at Aroma.Enjoy Bee.

    (Psst: why did J chose to buy a Orange shirt?!);D

    i bought it for him. we love bright stuff. – b.

  2. Coffee says:

    What an amalgamation of colours!!!! Lovely combo!!! :)

  3. musical says:

    Bee and Jai:

    That salsa looks gorgeous! inclusion of grapes is a good idea. btw, the first picture had me fooled again :-D
    i though those were raisins/drying black grapes on top of a moist honey toast!!

  4. Pritya says:

    That is so beautiful B&J. The pic is quite different from the Tiranga and yet immediately evokes the same imagery. The salad looks most inviting – lemon pepper seasoning – wow!

  5. Cynthia says:

    Colourful, beautiful, healthy and delicious. What else could anyone ask for?

  6. Nupur says:

    What a picturesque post…I’ve been reading an interesting New Yorker article about how concepts of color are abstract and not inherent to all human languages (but I digress), anyway, your post illustrates how words can bring colors to vivid life!

  7. Reena says:

    That macro lens started working already. Beautiful! Your pictures were always mouthwatering and they are now killing too. Such a beautiful spring entry. I so miss Alphonso Mango. btw best part of your dish is ’2 tsp tequila’ ;)

  8. jai bee says:

    The worst part about being asked for help in Home Depot was that I knew where all those things were…which only made matters worse and left me wondering – am I spending too much time in here ;-)

    Tx all.

    Nupur ==> recently read an article on taste in the new yorker – forget which issue.

  9. Santhi says:

    Bee and Jai, I love your posts and your pics…do keep writing more…( actually, i dont know what to say when i read most of the posts, but just wanted you guys to know that i ll keep reading till they send me out of my job one of these days…;P ),

  10. Swapna says:

    Wow..Such a colorful post..Spring is definitely in ur home:)..Amazing and clever recipe as always..

  11. sandeepa says:

    Just Wowwwwww…Beautiful second pic

  12. Susan says:

    Orange is my husband’s favorite color, but I forbid him to go out of the house all day-glo in his socks, polo shirt and key ring worn at the same time. : ) I am REALLY chafing to try fresh Alphonso mangoes now that the U.S. import ban is being lifted this year. I’m going to have to rent a pick-up truck and drive to the green grocers. Right now we can only occasionally get a better mango variety (Haden, Kent, etc.), but mostly the awful, mealy, flat Tommy Atkins. Great blog you’ve got here. I’ll stop back often. Thx for adding mine.

  13. Meeta says:

    Orange is a great color and I think it adds a smile to everything. Bee + Jai you both have really made my mouth water. Just love the combo of the sweet soft papaya and the crunchy apples. The tequila is a hot tip!
    Thanks for entering this spectacular entry to the MM!

  14. Anonymous says:

    :yes: :embarrass :) :tongue: :notlisten :no: :cool: :huh: :( :cry: :laugh: :angel: :devil: ;) :D

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