Students, Staff Create A 15,000-Pound Fruit Salad

AMHERST, Mass. (September 3, 2013)--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 that weighed in at more than 15,000 pounds.

About 500 students and staff went to work Monday on the Amherst, Mass., campus to slice, dice, pit, and peel 150 varieties of fruit to create a fruit salad that was mixed in a 15-foot diameter swimming pool.

The creation included 20 varieties of apples weighing more than 3,600 pounds, 19 varieties of melon weighing more than 2,500 pounds, peaches, bananas, oranges and berries as well as 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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