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This is your last chance to make the best of summer fruits. Here are some of the summer fruits that are in season and various recipes to enjoy them!
Raspberries bloom from May to August and are harvested between June and October. It is best to wait until August for fresh raspberries. Look for raspberries that are dry and uniform in color. Raspberries are low in calories but rich in fiber, vitamins, antioxidants, and minerals. They can protect against diabetes and obesity. Some even say they provide anti-aging benefits. They are an easy food to add to any meal.
Recipe: Raspberry Compote
2 cups of raspberries
2 tablespoons of sugar
1 tablespoon lemon juice
2 tablespoons of water
Add the raspberries, sugar, water, and lemon juice to a heavy saucepan. Bring to a boil. After it starts boiling, bring to a simmer for 10 minutes and wait for it to thicken. Once it thickens, allow it to cool down, then transfer to a jar or Tupperware. Enjoy!
The compote should last in the fridge for up to 5 days! It can be frozen in a container or bag for up to 2 months as well.
Peaches are a good source of antioxidants and Vitamin C. They help eyesight, promote healthy digestion, promote healing and so more. The peach season is May through September and the peak harvest is in July and August. End of summer peaches are the best. Eat them straight or make a dish with them.
Recipe: Grilled Peaches
Ice Cream (flavor is optional but we recommend vanilla ice cream)
Cut the peaches in two and put them on the grill. Grill each side for 3-4 minutes. Put them on a plate and drizzle honey over them. Serve them with ice cream. It will be the easiest yet the best dessert you’ve made so far. Enjoy!
Plums are a great source of fiber and Vitamin C. Plum season is from May through October. July and August is the best time to find ripe and delicious plums. Plums don’t ripen much after they are picked but you can get them to soften a bit by putting them in a paper bag at room temperature.
Recipe: Plum Iced Tea
2 tea bags (herbal or black your choice)
2 plums, sliced
2 tablespoons of honey
3 cups of water
⅓ cup of bourbon (optional)
Bring 3 cups of water to boil in a large saucepan. Once boiled, remove from heat. Add the tea bags of your choice and let them steep for 5 minutes. Pour the tea in a jar, pitcher, or Tupperware and let it cool to room temperature. Later add the plums and honey. Put it in the refrigerator. If you are in a hurry you can also add ice to make it cool faster. Enjoy!
Optional: If you want to make it a cocktail add your choice of spirit.
Watermelon is rich in amino acids which can help lower your blood pressure. It is made out of 90% water which makes it perfect for the summer. The amino acid arginine helps burn fat so it’s a great food for weight loss. Summer doesn’t feel complete without watermelon.
Recipe: Watermelon & Feta Salad
3 cups of watermelon, diced
¼ cup extra virgin olive oil
½ tablespoons of salt
1 cup of cucumber, chopped
1 cup of feta, crumbled
½ cup of mint, chopped
Combine watermelon, cucumber, feta, and mint in a large bowl. Pour olive oil and salt and toss to mix. Add more olive oil or salt to taste. Enjoy!
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