Spring months bring fresh, new seasonal fruits to the table. Spring is the season for strawberries, avocados, lemons, limes, pineapples, rhubarb, kiwis, honeydew melons, and more. We love them all, but we will focus on three of our favorites: apricots, mangoes, and cherries! Read below for all the juicy details on each fruit and application inspiration you can use to inspire future products!
Apricots, though frequently used in North Africa and especially in Moroccan cuisine, can be deliciously applied to food and drink applications in any industry! Its harvest season is from late spring through late summer and is best from June to mid-August.
This juicy fruit is sweet with a distinct tart taste, almost like a cross between a peach and a plum. While other stone fruits have a more pungent floral and sweeter flavor, apricots stand out as both tart and sweet with a more intense flavor. This distinction makes apricots better suited for prepared foods and dishes. They are versatile and unique, perfect for those looking to add complexity to their applications. Its memorable flavor is guaranteed to leave your savory-loving and sweet-toothed clientele wanting more!
Try adding apricots to cocktails, smoothies, jams, sauces, chutneys, and sauces. Pair them with mild cheeses and salted or cured meats. Add them to salads for sweet and tart complexity while adding a beautiful yellow and orange color.
We are constantly inspired by what our clients create with our juice concentrates, especially when the fruits they choose to work with are not as popular. We have seen impressive use of apricots in crumble squares, lemon-apricot French toast, frosting, cheesecakes, sorbets, and more. For savory-specialized businesses, we are still drooling over apricot-mint chicken, grilled sausages with Dijon-apricot mustard, and smoky apricot barbecue sauce. Get creative– the rewards will be worth it!
Mangoes are considered one of the most popular fruits in the world! This tropical-tasting and deliciously sweet fruit is associated with summer, but did you know spring is mango’s peak season? That taste best from May through September!
Mango is used across cuisines worldwide in part due to its versatility. We have seen mango applications that are savory, sweet, hot, and spicy, making mangoes a delicious addition to any table. Whether your business specializes in breakfast, lunch, dinner, appetizers, salads, entrées, desserts, beverages, or condiments, you can benefit from mangos’ delicious reputation.
The possibilities are endless! We have seen mango juice concentrate utilized deliciously in spicy seltzers, salsa, albacore tuna marinades, popsicles, fruit tarts, ice cream, chicken marinade, margaritas, and mochi.
Use it in mango-avocado salads, sticky rice, grilled spiced seafood, ceviche, and more!
With notes that vary from tart to sweet, cherries’ rich flavor makes them versatile and sophisticated. Aside from their deliciousness, their adaptability is why this flavor has remained a stable fruit flavor for decades, moving them beyond the traditional American pie. Now, they garner notoriety for their superfruit characteristics. Cherries are nutrient-dense and known for aiding sleep, muscle recovery, gut health, heart health, and arthritis, among other ailments. Their healthy reputation and robust flavor create infinite possibilities for businesses.
Different cherries reach peak season during different times of the year. Depending on your flavor goals, note that the season for sweet cherries is usually from late May to July while the season for sour cherries is from June to August.
Try cherry juice concentrate in a sour cherry Mezcal margarita, dark cherry crumble pie, chilled sour cherry soup, roast duck with cherry jus, chocolate cherry focaccia, black cherry chocolate ice cream, sour cherry glazed ribs, or cherry hand pies! Elevate your products with this delectable, robust, rich fruit.
- BONUS SUMMER FRUIT: Peaches!
Want to get ahead? Dive into planning peach recipes, one of the most popular fruits of the summer season! Like the plum and apricot, the peach is a member of the rose family, and we can distinguish it by its velvety skin. They are known for their sweet, juicy, and sometimes sour flavors that provide surprising health benefits. Peaches are also deliciously versatile. For example, clients have included peach juice concentrate in sweet, spicy, and savory foods, beverages, and confections. When used whole, we can sauté, bake, or grill them into flavorful new potential.
Apply them to recipes like a peach bourbon upside-down Bundt cake, pie, spiced rum peach dumplings, cobblers, scones, buttermilk popsicles, shortcakes, trifles, milkshakes, or salads. Try peachy pork ribs, a peach chili sauce, peachy pork tenderloin, or a summer peach gazpacho for savory bites. Peaches have limitless potential!
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It isn’t too late to get started on your next springtime bestseller! Whether we are creating the next best peach chutney on the market or crafting the new trending mango seltzer, we love providing the best flavors and the perfect solutions for our clients any time of the year. So, are you looking to bring your application to life? Contact us or request a sample today!