IN SEASON: BERRIES
YOU’LL HAVE A BERRY MERRY TIME WITH OUR FABULOUS RECIPES FOR THESE FESTIVE FRUITS
Festive fruit for a berry merry time
RECIPES & STYLING SOPHIE GRAY PHOTOGRAPHS TODD EYRE PROPS SACHA ANDERSON
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.