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    FEELING FRUITY

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    The juicy stone fruit and berry season is now, don’t miss out! 

    By Alison Peake

    There is good reason the term ‘feeling fruity’ alludes to connotations about having fun and feeling frisky as fresh fruit is a source of vitamins and energy which makes you feel alive and ready for anything. And right now is the season to make the most of stone and berry fruits with everything bursting into luscious ripeness.

    Eating fruit can get you through the whole day and there are serving suggestions for breakfast, lunch and dinner.

    To start the day berries, fresh nectarines, plums, cherries, rhubarb or apricots are perfect with yoghurt & muesli.

    Fruit and cheese make a tasty grazing platter as a quick snack to whip up at midday for a single serve or to feed a crowd.

    So many sweet options to accompany an evening meal. Think about adding rhubarb which is also in season now.

    How about a fruit crumble with oats? Or cobbler with what amounts to a scone mix baked with fruit?

    All easy peasy.

    For a classic crowd-pleaser, no bake option which looks spectacular and like you have been slaving for hours, try a Summer Pudding….berries, sugar and white bread or brioche and just serve with cream. It’s a great way to use up leftover sourdough, croissants or bread and if you want to get really fancy make individual puddings in dariole moulds or even just in cups!

    If you have more than you need right now think about stewing and freezing fruit for later, churning into ice cream or making jams, pickles or chutneys.

    Photo: Melissa Belanger

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