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Summer Fruit is Here!

Happy almost summer solstice!! This past Sunday at the Farmer’s Market I got blueberries, blackberries, boysenberries, raspberries, mulberries and strawberries. Boysenberries are soo good, and fun to have! And mulberries are my absolute favorite! This is the time of year that all of these delicious berries are growing locally for us in California. It’s also time for nectarines, cherries, and I think apricots are almost here too!

Anywho, I made a berry stew this morning. I used raspberries, blackberries, and some brown rice syrup. If you’ve never made a dish like this before, try out the Plum Soup from my book (page 280). It’s in the Superhero section, and it’s delicious. You can use any seasonal, local fruit that speaks to you.

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I grew all these berries in my garden!

I love how every year I wait for gorgeous summer fruits to come in season. I wait and wait and then suddenly, one day I go to the farmer’s market and there they are, all ready for me….so exciting. It’s so great to get them when they are in season. This is when they are supposed to be eaten. They are better for you, they taste better, and cost less. It’s a great time for superheroes to indulge in nature’s sweet treat. Don’t let grocery stores pull a fast one on you and make you think that summer fruits are in season all year long. They are usually shipped from far away places, enjoy summer fruit while it’s summertime. It’s like a special gift, this precious window of time.

If you are a superhero, try to only have the fruit as a dessert or snack, and not more than a cup per day, if you want to keep Superhero powers!!! Eating excessive amount of fruit can cause breakouts, loose stool, and weaken intestines. That said, if you are apt to go for haagen-dazs and this is your replacement- have as much as you want!!

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And you can always freeze the summer fruit that you may have bought in bulk for super cheap at the Farmer’s Market” so you will have a secret stash of it if you get desperate for an out of season fruit pie or a smoothie. If you don’t live somewhere that has a local farmer’s market, then of course do the best you can at the store. Some stores have labels saying where the produce was grown…like grown in Mexico, California, etc. Try to choose fruit that traveled the shortest distance and that is organic. Do the best you can, making the best choices under whatever circumstances you’re dealing with. Otherwise, enjoy the fruit while it’s here!

Seasons are beautiful… Enjoy them!!! And happy Summer!!!

What are your favorite summer fruit dishes?

Photo credit: Justin Kuo

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  • Lisa

    the one thing I could eat all day every day is avocados & tomatoes with fresh lemon and salt. Hey they’re all technically summer fruits! :-)

  • Jean-Michel Bergeron

    Personally I don’t like at all “berries” fruits, I don’t understand why they are so popular with their sour and acidic taste… Personally I enjoy juice, I bought two 4 liter containers of apple juice at the beginning of the month and they were already finished by the 10th… I usually don’t enjoy eating raw fruits because we don’t know what we’re going to find, sometimes there’s mold hidden in the banana of soft spots in the apple… One time I found a branch of grape half covered with mold, that was eonough to disgust me of eating raw grapes as of today…

  • Sarah Marshall

    We had a father’s day cookout at my Grandpa’s house this weekend and my little cousins(all under the age of eight) were there from Texas. I introduced them to the joys of berry picking. They loved mulberries! Needless to say…by the end of the day…we had five children with purple stained hands and faces!

  • Tessa-Jane

    Happy summer everyone! Summer is definitely THE best time to get local fruits, especially in Montreal, where I live! It is so easy to taste a difference in the fruits that has traveled a shorter distance (like ones you could buy at farmer’s markets) than the ones that are at the grocery store. I’ve never tried mulberries or boysenberries before… but I will now, because now is the time! It’s finally summertime!