With society’s recent obsession with the dangers of sugar, many people have given fruit an undeserved bad rap. While it’s true that fruit does contain natural sugars, it also boasts high levels of fiber and nutrients—better than many vegetables.

Summer offers such an abundant harvest of fruit, sometimes it’s hard to come up with ways to use it all. However, The Guardian magazine details many great recipes you could add to your cookbook including vegan ice cream using extra-ripe bananas.

Another idea they propose is using your oven to create fruit leather. All you need to do is combine cherries, water, lemon, honey into a saucepan and bring to the boil. Simmer for 20 minutes after and the Blend everything until it’s smooth. Line a baking tray with parchment paper and pour on the cherry mixture evenly with a spatula making it 2-3mm thick. Make sure there are no holes in the mixture on the pan and put it in the oven at 140°F (or the lowest setting available). After 4-6 hours the cherry mixture should dry out. The cherry leather is ready when no longer has a tacky texture.

Do you or your family have any unique fruit-based recipes? What’s your favorite pick of the season? Share tips and recipes in the comments.



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