People think I’m crazy because I’m not big on chocolate or decadent desserts (yes, seriously).
To me, fruit gives the perfect amount of sweet. Luckily, B.C. is knee deep in berries and stone fruits at this time of the summer.
Blackberries, raspberries, strawberries and blueberries are often the first foods that you see when you enter the produce section and I find it difficult to leave room in my shopping basket for anything else. The juicy succulent taste of nectarines, peaches, plums and cherries also captures my interest as I start to imagine all the ways I could prepare them. Eat them fresh, freeze them or can them for some summer flavour later in the year.
Even though my favourite way to eat them is fresh and raw, if you have enough, it’s always fun to use them to jazz up some of your daily favourite foods.
|Pick me!||What to add:|
Any BC fruit - berries, melon cubes, apples, pears, nectarines, peaches, plums
|Not just for fruit salad||Scatter them on a green salad - I have yet to meet a fruit grown in B.C. that does not complement a salad. Aim for a light dressing with a hint of sweetness.|
|Breakfast of champions||Put them on your porridge or oatmeal. Any cold cereal will be a whole new experience with some fresh fruit added.|
|Creamy delight||Add them to yogurt. Plain yogurt and fresh fruit is a perfect balance of pure flavours.|
|Jazz up the savories||
Make a berry sauce for your meat (e.g. pork tenderloin with a cherry sauce). Some berries, cherries or peaches can be added to favourite recipes for the sweetness factor.
|Bake a better bite||Add them to muffins or any baking recipes.|
|Dessert for a queen or king||Serve them fresh – you can’t beat a pile of cool fresh (insert favourite fruit here) to finish a meal or have as a snack.