Summer Fruit Salad

Perfectly summery, a variety of seasonal fruit is welcome in my house at any time.

After a visit to the farmer's market, I brought home some lovely peaches, nectarines, strawberries, plums, apricots, just to name a few of the delights found there. I also saw stalls for jerky and local honey along with the fruits and vegetables.

I let the stone fruits sit out in a bowl for a day or so to fully ripen. Around here, there is no such thing as "ripe off the tree" unless you grow it yourself.  Even with farmer's markets, sometimes you get so-so produce.

Anyhow, breakfast one recent morning consisted of Puff Pancakes topped with this fruit combination and little extra syrup, plus bacon.

2 white nectarines, pitted, peeled, sliced
2 plums, pitted, peeled, sliced
1/2 lb strawberries, hulled and sliced
1/2 lb Bing cherries, pitted and cut in half
1/4 lb blueberries
3 Tablespoons sugar
4 generous sprinkles of Fruit-Fresh

1. First, as with all produce, make sure it is really washed well before you start cutting.

2. If you have never pitted cherries before, you will want some sort of tool. I have one that looks like scissors and it pops the pit out. Beware, you will probably get cherry juice splatters on your clothes.

3. Start putting your fruit in a bowl.  Sprinkle the sugar and Fruit-Fresh all over and the mix gently so you don't mash up the fruit.

4. Keep in the fridge, covered.


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