As a follow up to my earlier post about saving money by buying in-season vegetables, here is a list of in-season fruits that should be cheaper than the usual offerings.
Apples – Apples are one of my favorite foods, especially when they’re made into apple pie. Yum! When I was younger my grandmother would make me what she called, “sweet apples.” Basically, you take an apple and cut it into slices (the size that you’d put in a pie), sprinkle with sugar, cinnamon, and nutmeg, then soften them in the microwave. Around one or two minutes in the microwave and you have what’s basically apple pie filling. Trust me, it’s delicious!
Cherimoya – The Cherimoya picture is the first time I’ve seen this fruit, so I’ve never eaten it. According to FineCooking.com, Cherimoya is a tropical fruit that tastes like a combination of banana, pineapple, papaya, and strawberry. Sounds like an interesting mix to me! You can eat this fruit plain or puree it to make delicious milkshakes and smoothies.
Dates – I’ve never been a huge fan of dates, but my sisters love them. On top of being deliciously sweet, dates contain high amounts of potassium and iron. This recipe for bacon wrapped ricotta stuffed dates may make me try dates just one more time.
Grapefruit – Grapefruit is my Dad’s favorite breakfast food. I tend to douse mine with sugar, but I still think it’s a better breakfast than my usual Captain Crunch. My Nana used to have special grapefruit spoons (they had serrated edges) that hooked my on the fruit when I was younger. Have you ever used a grapefruit spoon?
Kiwifruit – I love kiwis, especially in fruit salad. I would never have thought about using a kiwi as a meat tenderizer, but apparently that’s one of the kiwi’s secrets. Click on the link to learn how!
Oranges – I have orange juice with my breakfast every morning. I’m not sure if that’s healthy or not, but I’m addicted! With oranges in-season, maybe this is the time to make fresh orange juice or even a smoothie. Also, if you put orange rinds in the garbage disposal it cleanses the system AND smells delicious.
Passion Fruit – I’ve never tried passion fruit so I’m not exactly positive how it tastes. It’s described as sweet and tangy. Here’s a step-by-step guide on how to eat passion fruit complete with recipes! The one for passion fruit jam has my mouth watering.
Pear – It may sound odd, but I love to add pear slices to my salad. It adds just a touch of sweetness that tastes amazing paired with a strong cheese like gorgonzola. If you’re looking for something sweeter, try this pear crumble recipe.
Persimmons – This fruit is crisp, sweet, and can be eaten with the skin. You need to make sure that persimmons are ripe, otherwise you won’t enjoy the taste. You can eat them fresh or cook them into cakes, jams, sorbets and more!
Pummelo – Apparently, the pummelo tastes like a sweet, mild grapefruit. Maybe I should try one of these instead of my sugar laden grapefruit!
Tangerines – Tangerines are one of my favorite snack foods. They’re much healthier than eating a bag of chips but just as satisfying (almost!). I find them easier to eat than oranges and love how they’re the perfect “snacking” size.
If you want to learn more about these in-season options, just click on each fruit and it will take you to a page with fun facts about the fruit and ways to eat/cook it.