We all love tucking into plenty of fruit but every now and then it can be a bit boring, especially if it isn’t the highest quality or freshness.So with this in mind and with spring and summer fruits at the height of their freshness, here are some creative ways of preparing fruit to add a fresh new twist on their usual raw state.
If you want your fruit to taste even sweeter and juicier then grilling it is a great way to bring out its flavour. The heat not only concentrates the flavours but it also caramelizes the natural sugar, so you are essentially giving yourself a fruity sweet! You’ll find that you can grill practically any fruit that is strong enough to withstand heating and can keep its shape. This tends to be any fruit that is held together by its skin and you can also experiment with any fruit you think will be complimented by the grilling. One of our personal favourites is grilling pink grapefruit, for anyone who enjoys it but finds it can be too tart, the grilling process adds a nice sweetness when it caramelizes the fruit and this counteracts the natural bitterness.
Other great options are grilling pineapple, peaches and plums!
Baking fruit is a great way to develop its taste and cooking it at a low temperature means that the fruit and juices cook together, keeping all the nutrients locked in. you can either bake just one specific type of fruit or opt for a mixture of your favourites, it’s a great way to experiment with contrasting flavours and see what fruits compliment each other. Be sure to introduce different textured fruits when baking otherwise you could end up with a runny mess!
Baking fruits is pretty common when you are making the likes of fruit crumble and it can be a really simple and healthy treat when made correctly. If you have a particularly sweet tooth then baking fruit and combining it with your favourite cereal or yoghurt is a great way to have a healthier breakfast than pigging out on pastries.
By simply simmering fruit in some water you are able to soften it and also enhance its flavour. It’s a pretty simple method to get the most out of fruit that isn’t ripe and all the goodness of the nutrients either remains in the fruit itself or in the juices. Preparing this method is as simple as placing the fruit either whole or halved (generally the bigger the pieces are, the better they are at staying together) in a saucepan and adding whatever you wish to create a sauce, you can stick to water or you can even add a bit of honey or alcohol if you are looking for a bit more of a treat. Then simmer the fruit until it is at a point you like and Bob’s your uncle!
Poached fruits are a great way of adding fruits to desserts or meals and can even be added to savory dishes for some fresh flavour.