Israeli Fruit Salad

Camels passing near the Mount of Olives in 1918.

Say “camel” and the first word that comes to mind is hump.

Please tell me I’m not alone in this.

I don’t even have to be in the desert – I could be standing in a pool with a large, cold drink in my hand – but just thinking about camels makes me incredibly thirsty. And jealous.

A camel doesn’t need to hold their drink. They don’t even need to use their mouth to hydrate. 

They just stand there, continually refreshed by their built-in portable hydration hump.

Camel humps are huge (weighing up to 80 pounds) and can keep a camel hydrated for up to seven months in the winter. Seven months without a sip of water!


Now. Don’t become discouraged. Even though we’ll still need to pick up our glasses to drink from them, there is another clever way to hydrate.

And Israel is loaded up with it… we might as well call it the human portable hydration hump.

Otherwise known as citrus.

Oranges. Grapefruits.

Juicy, juicy.

So, to combat the thirst-inducing effects of a camel ride (or even just thinking about a camel):

Segment 2 oranges and a grapefruit.

Toss with honey or sugar and a bit of fresh mint, if desired.

Serves 2.

You’ll end up with an Israeli fruit salad that would make any camel jealous.

It’s true.

Camel. Photo by Toby Hudson

This little lady told me so.

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Israeli Fruit Salad
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2people 15minutes
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2people 15minutes
  1. Segment 2 oranges and a grapefruit. Toss with honey or sugar and a bit of fresh mint, if desired. Serves 2.

Recipe Copyright Sasha Martin, Global Table Adventure. For personal or educational use only.


  1. Collette says

    I rode one years ago at a fair. I think once you get into the rhythm it would not be so bad – but it’s a very jolting ride for a beginner. I enjoyed the experience but would not want to ride a long ways on one until I had it figured out.

  2. Jessica Bennett says

    Riding on a camel was okay for me, but getting down made me a bit nervous since it lowers itself head first, so you’re kind of sliding forward before it sits down and you can get off. Or at least that’s what I experienced the two times I rode (once in Israel and once in Morocco).

  3. Stephanie says

    I rode one at the zoo when I was six, so I don’t really remember much.

  4. One must differentiate between Bactrian (Two-Humped) Camels and Dromedaries (one-humped camels). Bactrian camels are much easier to ride than horses. It is quite possible to sleep while riding a Bactrian. For more see Camel Riding in the Gobi. In any case, camels are by far my most favorite animal.

  5. Sasha Martin says

    Ok – update – I finally rode a camel (with Ava) this weekend. It was sooo bumpy!! Boomp Boomp Boomp. I had no idea… 🙂

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