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A-Z of summer fruits and veggies

Lifestyle — Posted 05/12/14

We’re spoilt for choice with summer’s plentiful produce. Here are some of the top colourful gems we’ll be filling our kitchens (and bellies) with.

The summer fruit bowl positively brims with goodness – delectable berries, fresh melons and rosy tomatoes. Inspired, we’ve compiled an alphabetical shopping list of all that’s blooming this season, including some delicious accompaniments for our trickier letters.

Asian greens – A fresh, vibrant addition to any summer salad.

Blackberries – The stuff of picking adventures and sweet, sticky hands.

Cucumber – Cooling and refreshing, the very antidote to a heat wave.

Dates – Rich, energising and an exotic addition to barbequed meats.

Eggplant – A deep, dark nightshade that works beautifully stuffed and cooled.

Fennel – Simple sliced in salads, alongside fresh fish or as a crunchy side.

Grapes – Frozen, fresh or tossed through rice salad with crumbled feta.

Honeydew melon – Ripe and fragrant, keep chilled in the fridge for dessert.

Ice-cubed fruit Your own frozen ice-treats to cool off in the heat of the day.

Jelly – Wobbly trifle, fancy gooseberry or frog in a pond – a summer treasure.

Kohlrabi – Snaffle the last of the spring veggies with a raw kohlrabi salad.

Leeks – Be it the base ingredient or the star of a dish, a textural delight.

Mango – The flavour of summer, say no more.

Nectarines – Juicy fruits to add to lunchboxes, slice in salads or top a flan.

Okra – Fried, pickled or grilled, a taste of the east in your summer repertoire.

Peaches – Furry golden delights, the nectar of the season.

Quinoa – Toss through salads for a dose of nuttiness and texture.

Rhubarb – Poached, spiced or simmered in a relish – a sweet, tarty summer treat.

Strawberries – Blitz in smoothies, slice over cereal or nosh on the go.  

Tomatoes – Ripe and bursting with flavour, the very essence of summer.

Umeboshi plums – Salty, pickled Japanese fruits offering a flavour pop in rice balls.

Vermicelli noodles – Whip up a batch for rice paper rolls or a fresh Vietnamese salad.

Watermelon – No summer fridge worth its weight is missing a wedge

Xtra cherries – Taking alphabet liberties here, but you can’t have enough cherries!

Yoghurt (frozen) – Top with fresh berries for dessert on balmy summer nights.

Zucchini – Perfect shaved in salad, grilled on the BBQ or baked in frittatas.

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