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.

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