Fruit: the sweet and fleshy product of a tree or other plant that contains seed and can be eaten as food. ORIGIN Middle English : from Old French, from Latin fructus‘enjoyment of produce, harvest,’ from frui ‘enjoy.
The last two days have yielded the first peaches from my two peach trees. It is always a thrill to pick the first ripe peach of the season and bite into its juicy flesh. It also always means the beginning of a few weeks of spending much time each day picking, pitting, cutting and putting up peaches. Last year my bounty exceeded 150#, a record for my two trees. I don’t expect as many this year as the rains were less and the weather colder than last. I eat them, freeze them, grill them and make jam with them. Of course there are cobblers, pies and homemade ice cream too. It’s a sure sign that summer has arrived.
Last week I bought my first local cantaloupe at the produce stand and for the first of the season it was juicy and sweet. In fact it was very sweet and pleasing to the palate. I’m looking forward to a summer full of sweet melons grown in Texas soil.
Over Memorial Day weekend we attended a pool party where the hostess had prepared a delightful and beautiful mixed fruit salad topped with fresh mint, grown in her back yard. It was the perfect accompaniment to the burgers, baked beans and potato salad. The glass bowl revealed a mixture of kiwi, blueberries, blackberries, raspberries and watermelon. It reeked of summer!
I truly relish the fruits of summer. How about you? Which is your favorite? What is your favorite way to enjoy seasonal summer fruits. Drop me a note and share your thoughts.