Monday, June 30, 2008

Minted Fruits

Summer's harvest has begun, and enjoying local produce is a splendid treat! This week we are enjoying Rainier cherries. Their red and golden colors appeal to the sense of sight, and their taste is oh, so yummy! Their delicate sweetness makes them one of my favorite fruits. Usually we eat them 'plain' or 'out of hand', but for added flavor and to make them a little more festive, here's a recipe for a yummy minted syrup that you can enjoy with them or other summer fruits.

Minted Fruits

2 Tbsp. sugar
1/4 cup fresh mint leaves, snipped
1/2 cup mint-flavored apple jelly
2 Tbsp. water
3 cups assorted fresh fruits, cut into bite size pieces

Sprinkle sugar on mint leaves in a small bowl. Allow to stand for one hour. Melt jelly in a small saucepan over low heat. Remove from heat. Stir in the mint-sugar mixture and water. Chill.

Arrange cherries or other fruits in a parfait cups or pretty bowls. Spoon mint syrup on each serving. Garnish with a sprig of fresh mint.


*This syrupy sauce is also delicious served with oranges and grapefruit; sliced bananas; pineapple wedges; apricots; peaches; fresh berries; and coconut.


  1. They don't have these on the East Coast and I miss them this time of year! Eat a few extra and think of me...


  2. Ohhhh, something else that I've never heard of before! We don't get those beautiful cherries like yours...just Bing.

  3. Those cherries looks so fresh and tasty. I never liked cherries as a child, but last year I started trying them again and now I'm hooked.

  4. Oh those cherry's your killing me here!

  5. Sounds yummy and refreshing!

  6. Finally catching up with some blog reading. You always have such good recipes. Minted Fruit sounds wonderful.


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