Eat Local – Fancy Some Fruits

Summer time equals a bounty of beautiful, local fruits here in BC, both in the farmer’s market and in many grocery stores. What more of an excuse do you need to eat local than sweet, delicious fruit? From berries to stone fruits, melons to apples, there is a fruit to suit everyone’s tastes.

When shopping for my week of house sitting, I made sure to pick up a variety of local fruits.

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Yeah, I know, that over ripe banana and half of a lime aren’t local. Buggars snuck into my photo 😉

Although it’s nice to enjoy fresh fruits simply as nature presents them to us, they also make you want to create with them. Not wanting to miss out on any of those fresh flavours, I went the simplest prep route possible – a fruit salad.

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Fruit salads are  really easy to prepare, but you want to keep a few things in mind when putting them together.

  • Colour – Try to select fruits with a variety of colours. If everything is a shade of say, orange, it’s just not as appealing.
  • Texture – Choose a mixture of soft, juicy, and crunchy fruits. Again, it makes it more interesting, plus you are able to differentiate between fruits when they are in your mouth.
  • Citrus – Even in a salad full of local fruits, I like to add a bit of citrus. Whether it’s some grapefruit segments or a squeeze of lime juice, it not only helps brighten up the flavours in the salad, but keeps fruits like apples and bananas from going brown before serving.
  • Delicate Fruits – If you are using delicate berries such as blackberries, raspberries, or sliced strawberries, add them right before serving to avoid squishing them and having them “bleed” their colour all over the other fruits
  • Additional Flavours – Chances are, if you are using fresh local fruits, you won’t need alot of extra flavours or sweeteners. But sometimes it’s nice to enhance the fruit with some honey, mint, or other flavours.

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As you can see, my fruit salad was served up with some Greek yogurt, to which I added a touch of honey, in order to complement the honey in the fruit salad.

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I also enjoyed my fruit salad breakfast with a glass of green juice and a slice of artisan bread with peanut butter. Perfect!

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BC Bounty Fruit Salad with Honeyed Greek Yogurt

serves 4

Enjoy all that the summer season has to offer with a fresh fruit salad and a subtly sweet honeyed Greek yogurt. These fruits are local to my area, but use whatever fresh fruit is in season in your own location. 

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  • 2 cups Greek yogurt
  • 3 tbsp honey, divided
  • 1/2 small cantaloupe, cubed
  • 1 apple, cubed (I used a sunrise apple – 1st of the season)
  • 1 nectarine or peach, cubed
  • 1/2 cup fresh blueberries
  • 1/2 cup red currants
  • 1/2 cup fresh blackberries
  • juice of 1/2 lime
  1. Combine Greek yogurt and 2 tbsp honey in a bowl and set aside
  2. Combine all fruit except blackberries with remaining 1 tbsp honey and lime juice.
  3. Divide fruit mixture among 4 bowls and top with blackberries.
  4. Top with Greek yogurt mixture and serve.

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4 Comments on “Eat Local – Fancy Some Fruits”

  1. August 29, 2010 at 6:31 pm #

    Beautiful fruit!! This is such a unique combination–I’d love to try it for myself.

  2. August 31, 2010 at 7:58 am #

    you got a collection of all the yummiest local fruits!! they definitely pair up well together 🙂 hehe ‘BC Bounty’ ❤

  3. August 31, 2010 at 12:29 pm #

    it’s purdy!

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