Country Kitchen: Enjoying Fruit and Berry Season

Country Kitchen: Enjoying Fruit and Berry Season
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Fruit and berry season has arrived, with melons, too, on our menus. Although nowadays we find some type of fruit in the grocery stores year round, summer brings its bounty when we can indulge in a variety of ways to serve these foods.
My husband and I enjoy fruit for breakfast, lunch, and supper, even for an evening snack. Although I may take an apple or banana with me when traveling, I truly enjoy a dish of cut-up fruit of various kinds, whatever is in season. Sometimes I'll add whipped topping or a scoop of ice cream.

Tropical Fruits

We also find a variety of exotic or tropical fruits in the supermarkets that weren't available when I was a child. Pineapple always came in cans and very rarely did we find the fresh pineapple. Now you can purchase it in most every store.

Other fruits include kiwis, papayas, mangoes, carambola (star fruit) and litchis which are commonly found these days. Many supermarkets have information about how to use and prepare these fruits.

If you've never tried tropical fruits, purchase just one, see if the supermarket information tells you how to prepare it, and try it alone or mixed with other fruit. Generally you'll discover them tasty or a taste you'll acquire.

Kiwi Now Common

The kiwi has been found in markets so often that some people don't realize or forget it's isn't common to the United States. This New Zealand grown fruit, originally were called Chinese gooseberries.

When introduced into this country, the name eventually was changed to kiwi and caught on, as did the fruit after some creative marketing.

When ripe it's delicious and we enjoy it cut up with other fruit in a salad or fruit cup. Some recipes call for kiwi in fruit tarts. These generally consist of fruit cut up in a baked pie shell, then covered with a glaze (like that used for fresh strawberry pie), and topped with more raw fruit.

Used With Other Foods

Fruit doesn't need to be eaten alone or just with other fruit. You can include it in recipes with meat and vegetables to enhance the flavor of that dish.

For instance, Chicken Salad or Tuna Salad becomes tasty when you add pieces of pineapple and/or apple. Many people like raisins included with a variety of recipes. Sauces for meats are made from many different fruits and can give a tangy or sweet flavor.

Recipes for baked products frequently call for fruit....Banana Bread, Pineapple-Banana Bread, Apple Cake or Applesauce Cake, Pineapple Upside Down Cake (one recipe called for blueberries added to this dish and another suggested cranberries), Blueberry Cake or Bread, and many others. Then you have fruit desserts in the form of pies, puddings, cookies, and muffins.

Refreshing beverages for summer often are made from fruit juices and fruit put through a blender.

FRUIT BOWL - Cut a melon in half (watermelon for a group, cantaloupes for individuals). Scoop out center with small ice cream scoop. Fill with melon balls and other fruit of various types. Sprinkle with sugar if needed. Serve with whipped topping or ice cream.

(C) 2003 Mary Emma Allen

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Mary Emma Allen researches and writes from her multi-generational NH home. Check out her new site, Tea Time Notes

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