Friday, June 8, 2012

Fabulous Summertime Fruit!

Knowledge is knowing the tomato is a fruit, wisdom is not putting it in your fruit salad. - Miles Kington
But a fruit salad is a good thing, especially in the summer months with fresh, just-picked fruit. Not so good with bad fruit like the baby watermelon and a couple of pounds of cherries we bought recently at a nearby superstore. No taste at all. We ended up throwing most of it away, which really honks me off, as Brian would say.

Brian also said this to me on IM the other day: I'm eating a peach. They just hit the store this week. The local strawberries are done now. ohhhh... so good.
He was trying to make me smile during an otherwise serious conversation about my health. He succeeded.

Sweet, juicy, fresh peaches make me smile. They are a good thing. A few summers ago, we went peach picking in Michigan with the kids (that's them peach picking (or maybe eating) there in the photo) So much fun, and tasty too! With that in mind, today's post features our favorite summer fruits, and how we like to eat 'em.


2. Watermelon! My most favorite summertime fruit. When I was pregnant with Miss O during the summer, I couldn't stop eating it. I prefer slices or chunks, seedless please. It's also pretty yummy in a fruit salad especially when someone else makes it in one of those fancy carved watermelon baskets.

3. Cherries! BK, not Burger King, but Before Kids, T and I went on a road trip along Michigan's west coast. We stopped at a farmstand and picked up a pint or two of cherries. We ate them right there in the car without bothering to wait to get to our destination. As a child, my famiy would go cherry pickin' in Door County, Wisconsin. Good times! I prefer my cherries chilled, straight up, or perhaps in a pie. With vanilla ice cream.

1. Avocados! They have pits like cherries, peaches, or plums, so I'm calling them a fruit. I absolutely adore avocados. Remember when Brian came to my house last summer and he made his famous guacamole. Guacamole is my fav way to eat avocados, but I also like them sliced on sandwiches or burgers. Here is another excerpt from Bri and I's IM the other day, Me: We had some yummy bacon avocado burgers last night. Brian: mmmm, bacon avocado! As you can see, we enjoy talking about food - a lot! And now it's Brian's turn:


2) Strawberries: These beauties are what I ate for breakfast on Wednesday. Depending on where you live, you get local strawberries for a couple of weeks in the late-Spring or early-Summer. 20 Years in Michigan conditioned me to Strawberries near my birthday in early July. Here, near Philadelphia, it's the couple of weeks after Memorial Day. These are small, incredibly flavorful and not be be confused with the watery behemoths from California and Florida.

3) Peaches: To cling, or not to cling - that is the question! Whether 'tis preferable to have the flesh of the peach come-away easily from the stone, or to suffer the slings and arrows of an outrageous clingy peach. But then, you get to suck the meat off the pit. mmmmmm

1) Blueberries: Blue on the bush, purple on the plate, there's no blue food! My fruit-picking experiences are not limited to blueberries, but they are a favorite. You have to be careful not to eat too many while you're picking. Let's just say that there are consequences. Dire. Consequences.

Ignorance is like a delicate exotic fruit; touch it and the bloom is gone. - Oscar Wilde


  1. You got me on the watermelon and strawberries!

  2. Local strawberries and peaches are my favorites, too. I am also a big fan of anything avocado...a newer discovery in my variety of tastes :)

    Good thing dinner is already planned for this evening or I'd be hitting up the local fruit and veggie stand!! There's always the Farmer's Market tomorrow!!

    Thanks for a yummy installment...



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