Your Summer Guide to Grilling Fruit

Today is the first official day of Summer! From fresh summer fruits to meats on the grill, we love the refreshing and savory flavors summer brings. Vegetables are a popular staple on backyard grills, along with meats of course, but why not combine the smoky, savory flavors of the grill with your favorite fruits? We’re highlighting some of the best fruits to throw on the grill and featuring some of our favorite recipes using grilled fruit.

Pineapple

Grilled pineapple is a summer classic. Pineapples work best on the grill if you slice them in thick rings and grill them for four to five minutes per side. Alternatively, chop your pineapple into large chunks and skewer several together before grilling.

Try these recipes:

Grilled Pineapple and Teriyaki Pork Chops

Tropical Fruit Salsa

Peaches

Peaches aren’t just for cobblers and pies. Slice, pit, and place face down on the grill for a few minutes to get a smoky peach flavor that works well for both the main course and dessert. Try grilled peaches paired with chicken, in a smoky salsa, or with caramelized sugar for a sweet treat.

Try this recipe:

Cinnamon Sugar Grilled Peaches

Figs

Feeling a little fancy? Throw some figs on the grill. Figs are rich in vitamins and antioxidants and pair well with other fruits, as well as with savory meats like pork. Slice figs lengthwise in half and place them face-down on the grill until lightly charred. For an extra-delicious treat, grab some goat cheese or brie from our vast selection of cheeses to serve with your grilled figs.

Try this recipe:

Grilled Brie-Stuffed Figs with Honey

Tomatoes

We couldn’t leave off this fruit that commonly gets thrown in the veggie category. High heat is best for grilling tomatoes. Pick ones that aren’t very ripe: they’ll retain more juice as you grill. Slice an Heirloom tomato into thick rings and lay them straight on the grill, topping with basil and mozzarella, or skewer a few plum tomatoes together for a bite-sized juicy snack.

Try this recipe:

Grilled Stuffed Tomatoes

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Sweet, juicy and refreshing, watermelon is a favorite for summer. Upgrade your typical watermelon slices by throwing them on the grill for just a few minutes on each side. Be cautious of hot juices spewing and use long tongs to retrieve the slices. Paired with herbs, cheese, and perhaps a little prosciutto, you’re in for a treat with grilled watermelon.

Try this recipe:

Grilled Watermelon, Feta and Basil Salad

Berries

Strawberries, blackberries, blueberries – try them all! Skewers do the trick here: chop off the tops of your strawberries, toss in a little balsamic vinegar for a kick of flavor, skewer the berries and grill over medium heat for three to four minutes.

Try this recipe:

Grilled Blackberry Strawberry, Basil and Brie Pizza Crisps

Apples

Apples on the grill can be a little tricky because they tend to lose flavor quickly. However, there’s nothing a little glaze can’t bring to life. Core your apples and slice into rings, glazing with butter, honey, brown sugar, cinnamon or whichever flavors you’d like before laying the rings directly on the grill for a few minutes. Alternatively, core your apple and wrap it in foil before grilling, like the recipe below suggests, to help retain moisture and flavor.

Try this recipe:

http://www.thegunnysack.com/bloomin-grilled-apples/

Citrus

Citrus fruits have their place on the grill, too. If you’re grilling fish or white meat, throw some lemon slices or orange slices on top of the meat as you grill it to infuse a tropical flavor. If you’re feeling really bold, try the grilled lemonade shared below: paired with rosemary and honey, it’s a perfect evening treat to sip on this summer.

Try this recipe:

Triple Citrus Salmon

Grilled Lemonade

These aren’t your only options for fruit on the grill. Try bananas, mangos, melons, pomegranates – the possibilities with grilled fruits are endless. If all else fails, skewer and glaze. Your local Homeland has a wide selection of fresh meats and produce perfect for grilling this summer, including fruit triple-inspected by the Great Plains Fruit and Vegetable Company.

What Can Yogurt Do For You?

June is Dairy Month and we are taking a closer look at a dairy favorite, yogurt! This tangy diet staple has been around since 6000 B.C., but did you know there’s so much more to yogurt than just a nutritious snack? A good source of vitamins and nutrients like B12 and riboflavin, yogurt is made from milk that has been fermented by live cultures, or organisms, known as Lactobacillus bulgaricus and Streptococcus thermophiles. Today, you can find a variety of yogurt types in the dairy section. What are the differences? Let’s find out.

Regular Yogurt

Always a classic, regular yogurt is typically made from whole milk and has a milk fat content of at least 3.25 percent. Low-fat yogurt is made from – you guessed it – low-fat milk, and must have a milk fat content of less than 2 percent, while non-fat yogurt is usually made from fermented skim milk and has less than half a percent of milk fat. Regular yogurt is a great base for smoothies and is enjoyed with fruit, granola, and a host of other toppings.

Greek Yogurt

Originating in the Mediterranean region, the Greek yogurt variety is made one of two ways: either removing some of the water from milk to make it thicker, or by straining the liquid whey from regular yogurt, which gives it a creamier consistency. Greek yogurt has less sugar and more protein (5.6 percent protein content compared to 2.7 percent in regular yogurt), and because of its thickness, Greek yogurt works well for cooking and as a healthy option for dips.

Icelandic Yogurt

Similarly to Greek yogurt, Icelandic yogurt is either strained to remove the whey or incubated in its non-fat, live-culture form to yield a product that is extra thick and creamy. With ultra-low sugar content, high protein, and no fat, Icelandic yogurt is a smart choice for snacking.

Heat-treated Yogurt

Most yogurts fall into this category. After the milk has been cultured, the resulting yogurt is often heat-treated to kill the active yogurt cultures – the organisms that ferment the milk. At that point, the yogurt is no longer a “live-culture” product, but the taste is just as delicious.

Probiotic Yogurt

Contrary to heat-treated yogurts, some yogurts are chilled after fermentation instead. This prepares the yogurt for consumption while still preserving the active cultures – in this case, good bacteria known as probiotics. Probiotics help balance the intestinal environment and have been shown to promote a variety of health benefits, from digestive regularity to boosting immunity.

Frozen Yogurt

I scream, you scream, we all scream for… fro-yo? Frozen yogurt has become a refreshing dessert favorite for good reason: it packs the flavors and deliciousness of ice cream, without all the sugar and fat. Trying making your own fro-yo pops by inserting a popsicle stick in a yogurt container and freezing overnight. It’s the perfect summer treat!

You’ll find a plethora of yogurt varieties in the dairy section of your local Homeland. Be sure to visit our Savings Center to load coupons for yogurt and more onto your Homeland One Card before you shop.