Gardening Articles: Edibles :: Small Fruits & Berries

Eat Your Fruits and Veggies

by Susan Littlefield


Nutritionists are always encouraging us to add more fruits and vegetables to our diets. What's a delicious and easy way to do this? To combine them, of course! Fruits salsas blend fruits such as strawberries, cherries, watermelon, and peaches with vegetables like sweet and hot peppers, onions, corn, and tomatoes along with fresh herbs like cilantro, mint, and basil to make delectable dips or accompaniments to grilled meat, poultry, and fish.

Sweet and savory fruit salsas generally include ripe fruit, along with peppers for a little heat, vinegar or citrus juice for piquancy, and herbs for flavor. But they can also include vegetables like tomatoes, onions, tomatillos, and corn, and the fruits and veggies can be raw, cooked, even grilled. Your imagination is the only limit, so take advantage of what is ripe in your garden and at local farmers' markets to have fun and experiment with different combinations of ingredients.

Depending on the ingredients used, fruit salsas may be frozen for future use. For example, a salsa based on fruit like peaches or strawberries is a better candidate for freezing than a watermelon salsa, which is best enjoyed fresh. You can also can salsa to enjoy long after the growing season has come to a close, but be sure to use a tested recipe from a reliable source so you can be sure it will be safe to eat.

To get you started, try this easy recipe for Watermelon Salsa from Eating Well Magazine. For information on how to can salsa safely, as well as some tasty fruit salsa recipes for canning, go to National Center for Home Food Preservation.

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