I love my fruit and I love my red fruits. I am lucky to enjoy a variety of fruits year-round whether they are grown locally or imported. Does that sound familiar? Well, it’s true. I love my green veggies and, of course, red fruits, too. You can’t possibly love veggies without fruit; especially red fruits. Here is a list of my top 10 favorite red fruits; the ones I eat and enjoy most often. I know that it’s important to eat a variety of both fruit and veggies!
My Top 10 Favorite Red Fruits
1. Red tomatoes
Whether red tomatoes are eaten as a fruit or a vegetable, I enjoy them more as a fruit. I often snack on little cherry tomatoes to curb my appetite between meals. I also enjoy tomatoes like a vegetable in a green salad and on a tasty sandwich or juicy hamburger. My preferred red relish on meats is also red tomato relish. Sometimes we grow our own tomatoes, depending on whether we will be home in the summer (to look after them) or depending on the weather. If we have had a particularly rainy spring, sometime we end up with a rainy summer and the tomatoes don’t grow or ripen properly.
2. Red apples
My favorite wintertime fruit is a good old-fashioned red apple. I grew up eating apples and still eat an apple almost everyday. My mom always made every apple dessert from A to Z from every type of apple. My husband’s favorite dessert is always made with apples or berries although my children prefer berry desserts rather than apple ones.
I usually eat a red apple around four o’clock in the afternoon. Eating an apple at this time of day really helps me to avoid snacking or grazing before and after meal prep. I prefer a red apple but will eat a green granny smith or yellow delicious when a red apple is not available.
3. Red grapes
I enjoy the crispy crunch of green or red grapes and the juicy juice of white or purple grapes. I haven’t tried cooking with grapes or wine (other than rice wine) but I enjoy the occasional grape in a canned fruit cocktail. A popular dessert salad that is made at family gatherings has raw green or red grapes and canned or fresh mandarin oranges. I don’t mind dessert salads with grapes but I prefer to eat my grapes plain.
4. Red cherries
I enjoyed the best red cherries last summer from the Okanagan of BC. I was able to purchase them by the bag full and we managed to enjoy them throughout the summer. I used to can my own cherries but now I enjoy the fresh cherries much better. I tend to buy the canned or canned pie cherries to make tasty fruit desserts. Lots of our neighbor’s had cherry trees when I was growing up but now the birds seem to invade them before they have a chance to pick them. I am hoping we will have another wonderful cherry season, as they are easy to pop in the cooler and take along for a picnic.
5. Red strawberries
I love fresh local strawberries in the summertime and fresh frozen in the wintertime. For some reason I don’t use them in cooking. My favorite sundae is a strawberry sundae but I’m not that fond of strawberry ice cream. Go figure! A favorite family summertime dessert is angel food cake with fresh strawberries and whipping cream. Of course, it’s easy to have the same tasty dessert in wintertime with fresh frozen strawberries that have been thawed. We have a small strawberry bed on the side of our house but we usually buy our strawberries from a local farm or grocery store.
6. Red raspberries
I usually mix the fresh raspberries with strawberries or freeze them for winter to have with angel food cake and whipping cream. If we have a bumper crop of raspberries, I always make my favorite raspberry cream pie. The raspberry cream pie doesn’t last long as it’s made of delicious cool whip, raspberry jello, and raspberries folded into a pressed graham wafer pie crust. I absolutely love raspberry jam and use it in many recipes and at one time I made my own raspberry jam.
7. Red plums
I enjoy many varieties of plums but my absolute favorite are the tiny red rosa plums. They are so sweet and delicious and are quite scarce to buy. I always have to look for them when they are in season or I miss out. I use the purple prune plums for baking and only enjoy the red rosa plums raw. Little red rosa plums are also a favorite to have in the picnic cooler in the summertime. They are a preferred fruit to take along, as they don’t bruise as easy as other summer fruits.
I enjoy the taste of pomegranates, either raw or the juice. I buy pomegranate juice in a mixed juice rather than from concentrate. Pomegranates are quite tasty but you don’t get a whole lot of fruit or juice in a single pomegranate. When I was growing up pomegranates were not a popular fruit. Today, they are highly recommended for their nutritional and antioxidant properties.
I enjoy the taste of cooked or dried cranberries and cranberry juice but it’s not a fruit my family enjoys very much. One way they will enjoy cranberries is a little bit of cranberry jelly with turkey dinner. Dried packaged cranberries are available in the grocery store but I prefer to buy them mixed with nuts like in a trail mix. For me, they seems like a treat away from home and one of my favorites is dried cranberries in a spinach salad.
10. Red nectarines
My most favorite must have summertime red fruit are red nectarines. I buy them by the bag full when they are in season and I prefer them to peaches. They are so sweet and delicious and a family favorite to take for a picnic or to the beach. I use nectarines instead of peaches in fruit desserts for a unique taste. I also mix nectarines with peaches in a fresh fruit salad in the summertime. I store them in the fridge and take only take out a few to ripen naturally in the fruit bowl on the counter.
My Favorite Ways to Eat All Fruits
I love fresh fruit salads, baked fruit desserts, canned fruit, dipping fruits, frozen fruits, fruit yogurt, occasional fruit smoothies; all ways of enjoying fruits…canned, cooked or raw.
I have experimented with a lot of different fruit recipes especially in desserts and they are often the preferred dessert in my family. I enjoy making delicious apple or berry crisps, Fruit cobblers and my ever so delicious raspberry cream pie.
It would be impossible for me to pick just one red fruit, as I really love my red fruits. But, if I was to make a choice, it would probably between red apples and red nectarines. My preferred fruit in the winter is a good old-fashioned red apple and in the summer it is a juicy red nectarine. My favorite fruit juice is apple juice or a blend of apple and cranberry juices.
Staying healthy is important to me and I always make sure to eat and enjoy a variety of fruit and vegetables.