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5 Spring Fruits and What to Make With Them

May 20 2014 - 5:45am

It's still officially Spring, which means you can still enjoy the bounty of fresh fruits that sweeten up the season. Just like with peak Spring vegetables [1], enjoying these treats can be as easy as taking a juicy bite, but we've rallied together five recipes that highlight each fruit's delectable essence.

— Additional reporting by Hilary White

Source: Shutterstock [2]

The Spring Fruit: Cherries

While tart cherries are only available for a short few weeks in early Summer, Bing, Rainier, and other sweet varieties begin to pop up at markets in late Spring. Choose darker cherries [3], as they tend to be sweeter.

What to Make: Quinoa Salad With Cherries and Feta

Sliced cherries add the perfect sweet-tart note to a refreshing quinoa salad with feta [4].

Photo: Nicole Perry

The Spring Fruit: Apricots

The fuzzy skin, delightful floral aroma, and juicy fruit seem to signal the peak of Spring and its sultry transition into Summer. Look for apricots that are plump and heavy with just a little give to the flesh [5].

Source: Flickr user Paul and Jill [6]

What to Make: Roasted Apricot Toast

Roasting apricot brings out the fruit's sweetness and lends a delicious caramel flavor. Use the fruit and its juices to top rustic bread slathered in mascarpone cheese [7] for a sinfully good snack.

Photo: Susannah Chen

The Spring Fruit: Strawberries

If there's a fruit that epitomizes the flavor of Spring, it's the strawberry. With a little green "handle," these berries are easy enough to eat on their own, but adding them to salads, cocktails, and desserts [8] just spreads the springtime spirit!

Source: Flickr user greencolander [9]

What to Make: Strawberry Tart

In-season berries and a frozen puff-pastry shell combine to create the easiest strawberry tart [10] you'll ever make!

Photo: Camilla Salem

The Spring Fruit: Rhubarb

This stalk that resembles red celery is technically a vegetable. But in 1947, a New York court ruled that since rhubarb is used primarily as a fruit for cooking purposes, it should be classified as such. Most familiar in pies and tarts, try this strikingly tart plant [11] in a savory dish or two.

Source: Flickr user whitneyinchicago [12]

What to Make: Strawberry-Rhubarb Crumble

Strawberry sweetness balances out the tang of rhubarb when the two join forces in a strawberry-rhubarb crumble [13].

Photo: Nicole Perry

The Spring Fruit: Mangoes

One of the most popular tropical fruits [14], the mango also may be one of the trickier to serve thanks to its large pit. But it's well worth the extra effort [15] because the succulent, sweet flesh is a luxurious addition to smoothies, cocktails, and other treats.

What to Make: Mango Sherbet

As the days get warmer, cool off with a refreshingly tropical mango sherbet [16]. The limited ingredients maintain the vivid flavor of the fruit.

Photo: Lauren Hendrickson

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