Fresh fruit is one of my favorite parts of summertime. It ranks up there with boating, the smell of fresh-cut grass (if I’m not the one cutting it, of course), and flip-flops. Living in Minnesota, one gains a great appreciation for watermelon, juicy peaches, and fresh berries. While eating them straight from the farmers market is delicious, there are few ways to enhance your favorite fruit and enjoy a whole new flavor profile!
Basil goes great with berries, apricots, figs, peaches and plums. Try our Strawberry Basil Shortcakes, which adds a new twist to traditional shortcake with the addition of basil.
Cilantro has a naturally earthy, tangy flavor that complements fruits such as apples, bananas, mangos, pears and summer melons, as well as citrus. We’ve used it in our Cilantro Lime Shortbread cookies.
Parsley is a perfect pairing for tropical fruits like bananas, coconut, grapefruit, mangoes and pineapple. We’ve used it for a new take on salsa, which uses peaches, kiwi and crushed red pepper as a fresh topping on our Spiced Brown Sugar Salmon.
Thyme can be used to bring out the floral qualities of fruits like cherries, figs, grapes, honeydew, peaches and pears, but it’s also wonderful with lemon. We’ve used it here in our Lemon & Herb Crisps.
Mint is a more common pairing for fruit and desserts, but that doesn’t make it any less delicious. It goes well with berries, stone fruits, citrus, melons and tree fruits. Lemon Mint Torte is the perfect summertime dessert to serve.
Don’t be afraid to experiment! You’ll be surprised at what you might discover. Remember to come back and tell us your new favorite fruit and herb pairing and how the recipes worked for you!