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UMass students feast on 15,000-pound fruit salad

 

This Sept. 2, 2013, photo shows a fruit salad prepared on campus, and weighing more than 15,000 pounds. A Guinness World Records representative certified the big salad as a record.

This Sept. 2, 2013, photo shows a fruit salad prepared on campus, and weighing more than 15,000 pounds. A Guinness World Records representative certified the big salad as a record. Photo by: AP Photo/University of Massachusetts, Amherst

 

The Associated Press

 

AMHERST, Mass. -- In what's become an annual tradition, the University of Massachusetts celebrated the start of the new academic year with a delicious, healthy, record-breaking dish. 

 

About 500 students and staff at the Amherst campus on Monday sliced, diced, pitted and peeled 150 varieties of fruit to create a salad weighing more than 15,000 pounds. The salad was mixed in a 15-foot diameter swimming pool. 

 

It included 20 varieties of apples weighing more than 3,600 pounds; 19 varieties of melon weighing more than 2,500 pounds; peaches; bananas; oranges; berries; and more exotic fruits including quince, passion fruit and rambutan. 

 

A Guinness World Records representative certified the record. 

 

UMass in recent years has started the semester with record-breaking seafood stews and stir fries.

 

 

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