This Monday, Sept. 2, 2013 photo released on the University of Massachusetts, Amherst media relations website 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. The school has held a food event that has become an annual tradition. Recent years have featured record-breaking seafood stews and stir fries. (AP Photo/University of Massachusetts, Amherst)
AMHERST, Mass. (AP) — 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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