Summertime bears us natural candy in the form of fruit! In their peak ripeness, summer fruits such as plums, peaches, strawberries, and nectarines are perfectly sweet and just how you want them to taste. In fact, it's nature's own health and wellness in the form of food.
Fruits in season:
- Berries (strawberries, raspberries, blueberries)
Benefits of Eating Fruits:
- Add water into your diet
- Add fiber into your diet
- Rich in vitamins, minerals, and nutrients such as potassium, iron, calcium, folate, vitamin c
- Naturally low in fat, sodium, and calories
Here are some places around Los Angeles where you can find summer fruits in their peak.
HUCKLEBERRY CAFE- (Santa Monica) You can always depend on Huckleberry to bring you the most delicious summertime fruits. Picked weekly, the summer fruits shine in their crostatas, fruit layer cakes, fresh fruit tarts, and trifles. Fruits like boysenberries, mulberries, figs, peaches, and strawberries make their way into the desserts here.
SWEET ROSE CREAMERY- (Brentwood) Sweet Rose’s ever-changing special flavors are inspired by the weekly farmer’s markets. During summer, Chef Shiho has a way of making the local fruit shine, with flavors such as Peaches and Cream, Blueberry Muffin, Candied Blood Orange with Vanilla Wafer Cookie, Summer Melon, Plum Sherbert, Sweet Corn, and Nectarine Sorbet. If it’s on the menu, it’s in season.
SQIRL- (Silverlake) The queen of local and seasonal, Jessica Koslow, knows her jam. She bottles up the best fruits into her special preserves, with combinations such as Strawberry Rose, Blueberry Rhubarb, and Snow White Nectarine. Summer fruits preserve their peak ripeness in SQIRL’s irresistible jams, so you can enjoy bits of summer throughout the year.
FORAGE- (Silverlake) Summer fruits find their way into Forage’s array of sweets, which are perfect to take home on warm summer days. Known for their local seasonal finds, Forage finds scrumptious fruits to add to their pies, cheesecakes and tarts. A favorite is the blueberry pie, which just screams summer.
FARMSHOP- (Brentwood) The perfect place for all things farm, Brentwood’s FarmShop has a menu rife with gorgeous farmer’s market finds. From their salads to desserts, you will find perfectly ripe figs, cherries, peaches, pluots, corn, and blackberries that have been incorporated into dishes to showcase their utmost deliciousness.
VALERIE CONFECTIONS- (Various Locations) If you’re into the LA farmer’s market scene, you probably know Valerie. Her hand-crafted treats are filled with the produce you’ve browsed, and she really rocks what’s seasonal in her hand pies, muffins, and more. With two brick and mortar locations popping up, you can get your fruit-fix on daily.
For anymore questions, please email me at TheTaraList@gmail.com, and visit TheTaraList.com for more health and wellness tips. Tara Sowlaty RHC is a Natural Foods Chef and Registered Health Coach, trained at The Natural Gourmet Institute and Institute for Integrative Nutrition. She created The Tara List Solution, which gives you tools to stay healthy yet still embrace the delicious side of life. You can find her tips and secrets on The Tara List, as well as on The Chalkboard Mag and TheExaminer.com. She wants to share her health and foodie knowledge to help others maintain a balanced and thriving lifestyle. Make a promise to yourself and commit to The Tara List Solution; it’s a way of life.
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