Jamaican Fruit Salad (Matrimony) Recipe

Fruit Salad is called Matrimony. Though I’m not sure exactly why I’m going to guess that it’s because you marry different fruits together. Traditionally Matrimony uses three fruits: oranges, grapefruit and star apple. Since star apples aren’t always easy to find outside the tropics you can substitute other peeled fruits. I think mango, pineapple and juicy stone fruits like plums and peaches work best. (If you have star apples, use the pulp of 4 apples with the citrus instead).

Adding nutmeg and sweetened condensed milk is what makes this dessert really Jamaican. However, for a healthier version substitute the milk for some chopped fresh mint, however you won’t be able to call it true Jamaican Matrimony… sorry, LOL.

If you want to include bananas slices in this dessert use them as a garnish when serving instead of pre-mixing them in with the other fruit, where they’ll become mushy.


2 Grapefruits
4 Oranges
3 medium Mangoes, cubed
3 medium Plums, cubed
1 tsp ground Nutmeg
2 Tbsp sherry or any fruit liqueur
1 cup Sweetened Condensed Milk


1. Peel and section the grapefruits and oranges, removing all all the pith (white stuff)
2. In a large bowl, gently mix grapefruit and orange sections with mango and plums, nutmeg and sherry
3. Gently stir in condensed milk and sprinkle with ground nutmeg

Serves 8

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  • Doreen

    Greetings and much appreciation for your wonderful service Miss Fay. I trust all is well with you and your household. Quick question regarding this recipe – Is Jamaican Matrimony the same as Ambrosia?

    thanks in advance and may you be blessed even as you have been a blessing!

    • Cook Like A Jamaican

      Hi Doreen,
      Thank you for your kind words. Matrimony isn’t the same as Ambrosia which uses sour cream. Both are delicious!

  • Dontez James-Wright

    Hi Fay,

    Just made this lovely fruit salad, very pleased.
    Looking forward to more recipes:)

    Kind Regards

  • Quinella

    Hi Faye, I have never had a Jamaican dish; however, my little brother has to write a report and create a dish and I am attempting to try this salad. It looks delicious and I hope it turns out okay. You will be hearing from me soon as to how it turned out and the student’s rating of it as well.Thanks for sharing!!!!

  • Rosa

    My grandma used to make this when I was younger. As an adult, I have tried to find this recipe however, no one I asked had ever heard of this. feels good to finally find it! My Grandma used to make it with banana, naseberry, mango, orange, star apple and grapefruit and used evaporated milk instead of condensed.