Summer is stone fruit season and if you’re not excited about the delicious nectarines and cherries we’ll all soon be sampling, we really can’t help you. There’s nothing quite like a juicy peach on a summer’s day. Yum! While these fruits are incredible on their own, there are lots of ways to cook with them and take advantage of them at every meal. We’re not just talking throwing them into pies and cobblers, either (although those taste amazing too). There are a ton of ways to add these fruits to everything from breakfast to dinner to midnight snack. Check out these sweet–and savoury–ways to get the most out of stone fruits this season.
Start your day off right with a healthy, fruity boost. Instead of adding sugar or honey to your oatmeal, yogurt parfait or smoothie, use these sweet fruits to your advantage and add peaches, nectarines, cherries or even plums. If you’re looking for a treat for breakfast, you can make any of those fruits into a compote and throw it onto waffles, pancakes or French toast. Even better, make the fruit the real star of the dish and wrap it up in a homemade crepe. Also try them in muffins, baked oatmeal or your very own jam.
Lunch is the time to really let those sweet flavours shine in a savoury setting. Fruit isn’t just for breakfast and desserts, it can hold it’s own at lunch time too. The easiest way to work stone fruit in is to add any kind to a salad for an incredible boost of flavour. A salad is just a salad until you add fruit. Then it’s an experience. You should also try adding peaches, nectarines or apricots to a grilled cheese, or maybe this chilled tomato and cherry soup is your cup of tea.
In our opinion, any one of these fruits counts as a standalone snack, but if you’re looking for a little more, you can dress these babies up to make something a little heartier. These stuffed apricots make for an interesting snack without adding too many calories (and they’re vegan). If you’re looking for something baked, try these plum crumble bars or black cherry slices.
Of course you can add stone fruits to your dinner. Have we steered you wrong yet? Try garnishing your burger with pickled peaches or use a peach chutney on top of lamb or another type of meat. Also try this apricot glaze perfect for on anything grilled or a cherry rhubarb sauce that goes great with pork. Or really go crazy and try throwing peaches on pizza. If you like Hawaiian pizza, you’ll absolutely love that.
We’re not going to leave you without dessert. Sure, you could bake any one of these things in to a pie or cobbler, but there are also a ton of other options when it comes to stone fruit dessert. Try plums in a tart, coffee cake (that might work for breakfast too) or rice pudding. Peaches lend themselves beautifully to grilling, pound cake, bread pudding or your own sorbet. You can also bake nearly all of these into a clafoutis (a traditional French cake) or an upside down cake.
Now go load up your kitchen with all the stone fruit our Canadian farms have to offer and enjoy it all day long.