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These are simple pleasures of summer — ripe peaches, sweet plums, plumb berries. Following are a few simple suggestions of how to use Berries, Cherries, Nectarines, Peaches and Plums.
Luscious berries, like strawberries, blueberries and raspberries, can add a great touch of summer to salads, drinks and desserts. They also make great toppings for both cold and hot cereals!
Succulent cherries can be either sweet or tart. Firm, heart-shaped, sweet cherries are tasty as a snack or in baked good. Sour cherries are a little too tart to eat a la carte, but they're great baked into pies, or used in jams and preserves.
A cousin of the peach, the nectarine is a smaller and sweeter fruit, with smooth skin. It's perfect for slicing into fresh fruit salad or to add a touch of the exotic to a cold drink.
There are two main types of peaches: clingstone and freestone. At the store, you'll most often find freestones (so that's what we'll talk about here), which range in color from white bruches with pink to yellow brushed with red. They have soft flesh that separates easily, making them great for baking or just as a snack by themselves.
Plums range in color from red to purple to amber-gold. And the flavor has as much variety, from slightly tart to sugary sweet. A favorite place for many to find plums is in a fruit tart.
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