We’re wired to enjoy the sweet life. Nature knows this. Her answer: Sweet summer fruit. While it’s in season and in peak form, why look anywhere else to satisfy your sweet tooth?
People have long cherished the treasures of summer. Long before poet T.S. Eliot mused, “Do I dare to eat a peach?”; and long before poet William Carlos Williams wrote “I have eaten the plums that were in the icebox and which you were probably saving for breakfast. Forgive me they were delicious – so sweet and so cold.” Read on for some of my favorites, plus a few stellar suggestions from chef Tina Bourbeau.
• Ripe peaches and/or nectarines, thinly sliced to resemble crescent moons, arranged in a spiral array, sprinkled with blueberries, sliced almonds and (optional) drizzled with honey.
• Alternate layers of strawberries, blackberries, raspberries and more with non-fat Greek yogurt and (optional) drizzle with honey; garnish with a sprig of mint for easy summer parfaits
• Pluots or apricots, cut in half, brushed with canola oil, grilled on each side until brown, sprinkled with cinnamon and served with a dollop of fromage blanc.
• A couple sweet and simple summer soup suggestions from Chef Tina: Try blending melon and mint, and finish with whipped yogurt. Another idea is to blend strawberries with a little bit of balsamic vinegar, finish with yogurt and garnish with basil or mint.
For adults only
• Start with a medium to large cube of watermelon, cantaloupe or honeydew melon, burrow a tunnel at its center to about half its depth; fill with your favorite summer wine; let seep and enjoy
• A favorite from Chef Tina is roasted peaches (start with a hot pan and a small bit of butter), roasting with cut side down until caramelized, then sprinkled with spices (she likes fennel seed and coriander) until aromatic, and finally (and here’s the ‘adult’ part), deglazed with prosecco (or your favorite white or rose wine) reduced to your preference
Need more incentive to indulge in sweet summer fruit?
1. Fruits are a delicious way to get your vitamins.
2. Just about everyone needs to be eating more of it for good health (see how many fruits and vegetables is the right amount for you.)
3. Fruits (and veggies) offer essential vitamins, minerals, and fiber that protect us from heart disease.
4. Eating fruits and vegetables instead of higher calorie foods is part of a good weight loss strategy. Check out the CDC’s How to Use Fruits and Vegetables to Help Manage Your Weight
5. Important nutrients commonly found in fruit are potassium, vitamin A, and vitamin C.
a. Potassium is important for healthy blood pressure. It’s also important for muscle recovery after a workout.
b. Vitamin A is an antioxidant that boosts immunity and keeps the eyes and skin healthy.
c. Vitamin C is an antioxidant that keeps teeth, gums, skin and hair healthy, and helps the body heal from cuts and wounds, too.
* Foodie Trivia // Did you know?
The term ‘just deserts’ means that which is deserved for what has been done – good or bad. It’s pronounced like the sweet course at the end of a meal, but spelled like the arid lands of the likes of the Mojave. Deserts, relating to “things deserved” has been used in English since at least the 13th century.
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