Seasonal Fruits Delight

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Seasonal fruits are in plenty this month. Markets in Goregaon are dotted with fruit is season like peach, plum and litchi. Are you enjoying these tasty, juicy seasonal fruits?

Why You Should Eat Fruit in Season

Well, foods that are available to us round the year are processed. Cold storage, presrvative spraying, chemical insecticides and more such are purely harmful. Freshly produced and procured fruits come to you unprocessed.

Eating fruit is season also means tastier experiences. You get the best nutrition, variety and end up saving on your shopping bills. When there’s abundance of a product – like of melons in summer, prices reduce. Cash in on the seasonal bounty of fruits, then!

What Are The Fruit in Season Now?

Here’s looking at some mouth-watering fruit in season, available at all fruit vendors now.

Peach – High in Vitamin C, peach fruit are easily digestible and also a gentle laxative.

Plum – Rich in Vitamin E and potassium, plums are a rich source of anti-oxidants. This helps in delaying the aging process for your body. Dried plums – called prunes – help cure digestive problems.

Litchi – A very rich source of Vitamin C. It contains good amount of fiber and Vitamin B-complex which increase metabolism fat, protein and carbohydrate.

Snigdha Shah

Goregaon-based nutritionist and bariatric diet specialist, Dt. Snigdha Shah says, “All  fruits should be consumed on an empty stomach. They should not be eaten with meals”. She also advises that you eat your fruit in season with their the skin for more benefits. Always wash your fruits in salt water before digging into them!

Temptations Unlimited: Fruity Recipes to Enjoy

Bhanu Gaggar

To make fruits more appealing, Bhanu Gaggar, founder, Temptations Unlimited, suggests some tempting recipes indeed.

Bhanu has been making very interesting sweet dishes using fruits, for many years. An MBA by profession, Bhanu’s Temptations Unlimited journey started as a way to offer a solution for all vegetarian cake lovers. Her brand’s dessert premixes and ready desserts are a sure-shot way to a delightful dessert!

Peach Pannacotta

An Italian dessert, meaning “cooked cream”, Peach Pannacotta is best enjoyed on a summer evening.

For Peach Layer: 1 Cup Fresh Peach Puree | 1/4 Cup Sugar | 2 Tbsp Cream | 3 tbsp Water | 2 tsp Veg Gelatin

For Cream Layer: 1 1/2 Cup Cream | 1/4 cup + 2 tbsp  Sugar | 1 tsp Vanilla Extract | 3 tbsp water | 2 tsp Veg gelatin.

1. In a small bowl add Veg Gelatin & add 3 tbsp of hot water, let it boil for 5 mins. In a heavy-bottomed pan, take  the  puree, add sugar and cream and cook till sugar dissolves. Add the processed gelatin, mix to a lump free mixture and remove off the flame. Strain if needed. Set in individual shot glasses [only fill till half measure] and set in the refrigerator for at least 30 mins.

2. For the Cream layer, repeat the same process as above and cool it to room temperature. Now pour this on the peach layer and refrigerate for a minimum of 2 hours.

Garnish with a slice of peach cooked in sugar syrup & fresh mint leaves. 

Plum Sauce

Made with fresh Plums or Prunes, this can be a delish topping on pancakes, ice creams, tea-time cakes or as a spread on breads. Keep it chunky for a spread and smooth for desserts toppings.

Ingredients: 1 Cup Plums / Prunes pitted and cubed | 1/4 cup sugar [or as per sourness of the fruit] | 1/4 tsp salt | 1″ stick of Cinnamon | 1 Bay leaf
2-Star Anise | 1 Tsp Butter.

Method: In a heavy-bottomed pan, add all items except butter and cook on a low flame. Mash the plum as it cooks. Once the sugar dissolves and gets to a syrupy consistency, add butter and remove from flame. 

Let  the mixture sit for half an hour and the chunky spread is ready

For sauce, remove the spices and blend the mixture.

This can be stored in an air-tight container under refrigeration for seven days.

For a twist, add 1/2 tsp of chilli flakes and 1/4 tsp of black pepper powder.

Fresh Fruit Iced Tea

Fruit Compote: 1 Cup Chopped Lychees/Plums/Peaches | 1/4 Cup Sugar |
1 pinch Salt

Cook all three of the above till sugar dissolves. Mash the fruits and transfer to an  air-tight container, once it’s cooled.  It can be stored in the fridge or 10-15 days and in the freezer for upto two months.

Ingredients: 1 tea bag | 50 ml boiling water | 1/4 cup fruit compote | Ice cubes | 50 ml chilled water

Method: Brew the tea bag in boiling water and let it cool down. Take a tall mocktail glass, add ice cubes, add the fruit compote, tea concoction and chilled water. Stir, top with fresh mint and enjoy!         

Sumedha Mathur

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