Gorge on late sum­mer fruit

Fruit is least ex­pen­sive this time of year, which makes a wal­let happy

The Guardian (Charlottetown) - - FOOD/COMMUNITY - BY MELISSA D’ARABIAN

Late sum­mer fruit is per­haps my favourite. Ber­ries are juicy and sweet, in their last flour­ish be­fore slip­ping away into elite and ex­pen­sive sta­tus. Peaches and plums are soft and caramel­like in flavour. Even the hum­ble peb­bly-skinned can­taloupe boasts rich or­ange flesh and syrupy-sweet flavour.

Like most in-sea­son pro­duce, it is least ex­pen­sive this time of year, which makes my wal­let happy. I’ll ad­mit: I al­most al­ways over­buy late sum­mer fruit. Per­haps it’s the threat of my favourites dis­ap­pear­ing, or maybe it’s the great prices and vi­ta­min sup­ply. But now is the time when I find my­self serv­ing fruit plates to my fam­ily to fin­ish ev­ery meal, and I reach for a bas­ket of ber­ries for snack­ing. Dessert for sum­mer bar­be­cues al­most al­ways stars sweet fresh fruit.

The per­fect ad­di­tion to your fruit reper­toire is to­day’s in­cred­i­bly easy Tangy Or­ange Fruit Dip. It has only three in­gre­di­ents, so it’s whipped up in sec­onds, not min­utes. And it’s healthy enough that if you end up eat­ing a whole recipe your­self, you’ll still feel great, and cel­e­brate the big boost of pro­tein you just had. (This might be the voice of ex­pe­ri­ence.)

The base of the dip is low-fat plain Greek yo­gurt, which gives it tang, and the afore­men­tioned pro­tein. Sim­ply stir in a sur­prise in­gre­di­ent: or­ange juice con­cen­trate. A lit­tle goes a long way, but this sweet gem of an in­gre­di­ent mag­i­cally trans­forms acidic yo­gurt into a tangy-sweet de­light that brings out the best in ripe, al­most-over­sweet fruit. Add some finely chopped fresh mint leaves, and you have an un­beat­able com­bi­na­tion that will com­ple­ment your late sum­mer fruit stash.

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The per­fect ad­di­tion to your fruit reper­toire is to­day’s in­cred­i­bly easy Tangy Or­ange Fruit Dip. It has only three in­gre­di­ents, so it’s whipped up in sec­onds, not min­utes.

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