Favorite fruits… tis the season

In May and June the farmer’s markets in France are overflowing with seasonal fruit. There is so much (too much ?!) choice. I generally try to buy fruit that is in season, because finding strawberries in the middle of winter conveys something unnatural. Of course “seasonal” is relative, depending upon where you live. I have a list that I keep in my kitchen for easy reference.

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It is hard to choose just one or two, so here is the list of my top 10 favorites :

  1. Strawberries. There are many different varieties, I love them all. Garigette, Fraise des Bois, Mara des Bois… big or small, I am not picky.
  2. Raspberries. On the expensive side, but great to mix in with strawberries for a fruit salad.
  3. Yellow nectaries (definitely prefer more than white nectarines).
  4. Melon (Charentaise).
  5. Cherries
  6. Bananas
  7. Apples, but I am picky about the variety. Tentation or Pink Lady preferably.
  8. Pineapple, but only if its really good
  9. Kiwi
  10. Mango. Unfortunately this has to be imported, but it is still to die for.

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Charentais Melon

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Nectarines currently in my kitchen

 

Fruit I like but difficult to find in France : blueberries. I am from Maine and grew up surrounded by blueberries. They are hardly available here, and if I find them, they are often frozen. When they thaw they are covered in juice. Just not real Maine blueberries.

 

Fruit I eat but am not a fan of, either for taste (lack of), or because it’s too much work :

  • Pears : NO taste and often cottony
  • Oranges / clementines : I like them but hate to peel them
  • Grapes : in France they all have seeds, which annoys me
  • Papaya. Not sure why.
  • Litchi – the consistency reminds me of eyeballs
  • Grapefuit. I hate cutting it up.
  • Peaches : I love the taste but it drives me nuts to peel them and I refuse to eat fuzzy skin. Often they are cottony.
  • Apricot. They are often cottony or too acidic.

 

Here is the recipe of one of my favorite fruity desserts :

  • Mix any red fruit, I usually do strawberries and raspberries
  • Top with a little whip cream, yogurt or a bit of vanilla ice cream
  • Crumble up either meringue or speculos cookies and top the dessert – it adds crunch and a bit of sweetness.
  • Enjoy

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What is your favorite fruit ?  Do you eat the fuzzy peach skin ?

 

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Comments: 4

  1. Teresa @ www.fitinwoodbine.com June 10, 2014 at 2:59 am Reply

    All that fruit looks so good!! I have to say bananas are my favorite and strawberries. I could also sit down in front of a watermelon and just go to town!!

    • Karen - French Inspiration June 10, 2014 at 9:36 pm Reply

      I like watermelon, but I associate it with picnics ! otherwise, I don’t usually eat it.

  2. Britt@MyOwnBalance June 10, 2014 at 3:03 am Reply

    I love love love fruit! Some of my favorites are berries (I love blueberries so I feel your pain), peaches and nectarines (I prefer the white variety because I think they are sweeter), cherries, grapes, mango, coconut, apples (Pink Lady or Honeycrisp), passionfruit, grapes…I could go on and on. I actually really love lychees! I can’t get a good mango in the US for the life of me. I think I ate about 8 mangoes the last time I was in Australia because they are so good there!

    • Karen - French Inspiration June 10, 2014 at 9:34 pm Reply

      Mango is imported from Peru… and yes, to die for !

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