IN SEA­SON: BERRIES

YOU’LL HAVE A BERRY MERRY TIME WITH OUR FAB­U­LOUS RECIPES FOR THESE FES­TIVE FRUITS

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Fes­tive fruit for a berry merry time

RECIPES & STYLING SOPHIE GRAY PHOTOGRAPHS TODD EYRE PROPS SACHA ANDERSON

Berries

I t’s hard to re­sist any dish stud­ded with vi­brant berries – and whether you have a weak­ness for straw­ber­ries or rasp­ber­ries, black­ber­ries or blue­ber­ries, they’re in abun­dance dur­ing the warmer months.

Not only do berries taste of sum­mer, they are in­cred­i­bly good for you. Packed with an­tiox­i­dants and a great source of fi­bre, they also fea­ture flavonoids, which stud­ies in­di­cate may help pro­tect against cancer, in­flam­ma­tion and heart dis­ease.

When choos­ing berries, pick those that look bright and firm and are hold­ing their shape, and ensure you keep them re­frig­er­ated. If you do find your­self with a few squashed ones, don’t dis­card them – they can be used for purées and smooth­ies.

Berries also freeze well; sim­ply spread them out on a bak­ing tray and place in the freezer, and once frozen, trans­fer to a plas­tic bag. Don’t for­get to suck the air out of the bag to avoid freezer burn.

The fol­low­ing recipes have been de­signed to work with any berry, so you can mix and match ac­cord­ing to what you have – and what is the best price at the time. You can also use frozen berries in any of these dishes.

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