UMass students feast on 15,000-pound fruit salad

September 4, 2013 9:41:01 AM

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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.