20 of the Best Fresh Fruit Recipes + Tips!
Easy Fresh Fruit Recipes
You can whip up these fresh fruit recipes in no time!
Fresh Fruit Ambrosia: A banana sauce with nutmeg adds a little something to fresh fruit tossed with coconut.
Fresh Fruit Salad: You have complete control here. The idea is to select a complementary grouping of at least 3-5 fruits and then to sweeten them with a pleasantly spiced sugar syrup.
Easy Fresh Blueberry Cake: This classic favorite is great during the summertime when blueberries are cheap by the bushel.
Baked Apples with Fresh Mint: Fresh mint brings the right amount of zing to this warm dish.
Fresh Figs Baked with Honey and Cream: This special dessert is the essence of indulgence. Truly a treat.
Healthy Fresh Fruit Recipes
Fruity cheesecakes are great, but these fresh fruit recipes will keep you slimmer!
Fresh Fruit Compote: All the fruits you could ask for tossed with orange juice and sweet white wine.
Fruit Slap: Fresh fruits create a delicious citrus and berry juice.
Pear Cranberry Sauce: So quick and easy, with beautifully festive flavors. Fresh ginger and cinnamon make this a big Thanksgiving hit!
Peaches and Cream Oatmeal: This is a homemade oatmeal recipe made with fresh peaches and vanilla flavored yogurt for the "cream". I use Splenda instead of sugar.
Pomegranate Citrus Salad: Fresh tasting and beautiful red and green salad for Christmas! Zing wakes up your taste buds!
Summer Fresh Fruit Recipes
Using fruit that is in season will make your dishes taste much better. Here are some fresh fruit recipes to try during the summer!
Fresh Strawberry Salad: Cream cheese and chopped nuts round out this double strawberry salad.
Fresh Peach Cake: This is a fabulous cake to make at the end of the summer during peach season so you can have large, fresh peaches.
Hawaiian Fresh Pineapple Grill: An indoor grill is perfectly suited to this yummy treat.
Mango Salsa: A fresh spicy mango salsa to compliment a meat or enjoy alone with chips.
Peach Blueberry Blackberry Almond Jam: This is one of my favorites. I use fresh peaches, blueberries and blackberries in season. The almond extract gives it a little nutty taste.
Fresh Fruit Recipes for Kids
Kids will love helping you make (or eat) these fresh fruit recipes!
Fresh Fruit with Vanilla Sauce: Vanilla ice cream creates a delicious sauce for pears and bananas.
Fresh Fruit with Ginger Dip: This is a great fruit dip recipe that is both sweet and has a bite of ginger.
Fresh Fruit Pizza: With a sugar cookie base, this is a pretty dessert for entertaining.
Apricot Rice Pudding: This is a very special dessert made with fresh apricots, cream, rice and kirsch.
Fresh-Squeezed Lemonade: Ditch the powder packet and make the real thing!
What to do with…
These quick tips will help you make the most of your fresh fruit!
Fruit That’s Turning Brown: To keep fruit from turning brown, dip it in a mixture of lemon juice and water (juice of half lemon to 2 C. of water).
Overripe Fruit: Do you have fruit in your kitchen that's ripening quicker than you can eat it? Puree it and use in smoothies or as a topping for ice cream, pancakes or waffles. You can also freeze the pureed fruit in a plastic freezer zipper bag and use it later on.
Ripening Peaches: Peaches are best ripened at room temperature, just out on the kitchen counter. If you're pressed for time, place them in a paper bag with a few holes poked into it, and leave at room temperature. If you're really pressed for time, place an apple in the bag with the peaches, as the ethylene gas will speed the ripening process even more.
Un-juicy Fruits: For juicier citrus fruits, take from the refrigerator and microwave at 100 percent power, allowing 45 seconds for one fruit, 60 seconds for two, and 1-1/2 to 2 minutes for four. Nothing preserves a fruit's natural nutrients, shape and color like micro-poaching.