Peaches and Blackberries for July

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Guest blog by Sam Hadadi

Seasonal Foods: Peaches and Blackberries

When the sun is sizzling and the temperatures are soaring, there’s little more appetising than a mouth-watering fruit salad. At Lucy Bee, we’re firm believers in eating and enjoying seasonal fruits – not only do they taste juicier but they’re also cheaper to buy too!

Two of our favourites to snack on in July are British classics – peaches and blackberries. Is there anything more delicious than an apple and blackberry crumble, or a fresh, juicy peach oozing with juice?

Which Ones Should I Plump For?

Blackberries:

Blackberries are about as British as you get Amazingly, records show that Europeans have been enjoying them from as long ago as 8,000 BC, while in the First World War, children were given time off school to collect the berries to create a juice to boost soldiers’ health.

Of course, these plump, juicy berries are at their best when plucked fresh from hedgerows. It reminds us of childhood, tearing through the bushes, purple stains smeared over our faces – sheer joy!

Blackberries

The best time to pick our black beauties is from late summer until the end of September and the most beautiful berries also tend to be the most flavoursome. You should also reach for the shiny, firmer fruits as these will often be the most delicious.

Peaches:

Sweet and juicy peaches are one of those foods that are bound to get your mouth watering. While you can buy them in supermarkets year-round, the very best will come into season from late July through til September.

Your perfect peach will have a wonderfully fragrant smell and will also be yellow around the stem. While it will be firm to the touch, it should also give a little when squeezed – peaches that are hard will be under-ripe and won’t have that sweet, juicy taste that we know and love. 

Health Benefits

Blackberries don’t just taste good in puds, but they’re also good for our body too. They’re rich in bug-busting vitamin C, rich in antioxidants to fight ageing and also high in fibre.

Peaches, meanwhile, are also high in vitamin C, and contain potassium and choline to boost heart health. The fibre in peaches have even been shown to help improve blood sugar levels in diabetes.

How to Enjoy

From blackberry pie to a simple, fruity coulis, or even muddled into a martini, there are plenty of ways to enjoy these bountiful berries. However, to get your tastebuds tingling, here is our favourite Blackberry Crumble:

Blackberry Crumble

Ingredients

  • 50g Lucy Bee Coconut Oil (cold)
  • 100g gluten free plain flour (can use plain flour)
  • 100g ground almonds
  • 4 tbsp. agave syrup or honey
  • 500g blackberries
  • TO SERVE:
  • 200ml coconut cream
  • Dash of honey to sweeten to preferred taste
  • 1 tsp. desiccated coconut, optional

Method

  1. Preheat the oven to 220 C, 425 F, gas mark 7.
  2. Whiz the first 4 ingredients together in a food processor should look like coarse breadcrumbs.
  3. Put the fruit in a large shallow oven proof dish; sprinkle the topping over the fruit.
  4. Bake for 20 minutes.
  5. TO SERVE:
  6. Top with coconut cream and honey (if using).

 We like our peaches served just as they come – ripe, fresh and juicy. However, if you fancy having a go at something new (and tasty), then why not try our delicious Peach Salsa?

Peach Salsa and Tuna Steak

Ingredients

  • 75g red onion, chopped
  • Juice of 2 limes
  • 75g cooked beetroot, chopped
  • 1 peach, chopped
  • 2 tuna steaks
  • 1 courgette spirilised into courgetti
  • Himalayan salt and ground black pepper
  • Lemon wedge to serve

Method

  1. Mix the red onion and lime juice together and leave to set for 1 hour (minimum) in the fridge. After this has marinated, stir your beetroot and peach into the red onion and lime mix.
  2. Place your seasoned tuna steaks on a griddle frying pan or BBQ and cook for 2 minutes each side (for pink middle). Cook for longer if you prefer.
  3. Serve with the salsa, courgetti and a wedge of lemon.

If you try these, maybe share your photos with Lucy and Meg on our social media!

Sam Hadadi

About Lucy Bee Limited 

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Sam Hadadi is an ex-BBC journalist and now a freelance writer specialising in fitness and food. Sam is co-founder of a great blog, www.iamintothis.com.