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PALATE SUMMER / SUMMER PANTRY

Summer Pantry

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Discover new fruit 

this summer in our produce area, our natural wonderland.

 

Ataulfo Mango

 

 

Ataulfo Mango  

Also called honey or champagne mangos, Ataulfos are elegance in fruit form. With buttery, custardy flesh that all but melts on the tongue, they are intoxicatingly fragrant and - at peak ripeness - practically perfect.

 

 

Chef’s Recommendation

Highlight their natural sweetness with contrasting flavours; dice and sprinkle with lime juice, ancho chile powder and salt.

 

Nespole Loquats

Nespole/Loquats

In Tuscany, nespole trees start bearing fruit early in May and they - like the sound of the blackbirds that hover around them - are some of our favourite sights and sounds of summer’s arrival. Like apricots, they can range from acidic to sweet and are equally delicious fresh (whole or peeled) or preserved in jams, jellies & chutneys.

 

Farmer’s Recommendation
Don’t overlook nespole with bruised or mottled flesh; they are frequently the sweetest.

 

 

Ontario Peaches

 

Ontario Peaches

The true signal of the start of summer, Ontario peaches are revered in their home province and country wide. Naturally low in calories, fat and sodium and rich in vitamin C, fiber and folic acid, it’s no accident peaches were once a symbol of immortality.

 

 

Farmer’s Recommendation
Choose vibrantly coloured peaches with slight give at the tip (stem side). 

 

Ontario Strawberries

 

Ontario Strawberries

Strawberry season has arrived and - with it - berries harvested fresh, ripe and ready to eat. Strawberries this fresh aren’t to be altered or adulterated; the most we’d do after washing these beauties is slice, sprinkle and serve.

 

 

Chef’s Recommendation
Bring out their flavour with a sprinkle of pepper, balsamic or lemon. 

 

 


Heirloom Tomatoes

An heirloom is generally considered to be a variety that has been passed down, through several generations of a family because of it's valued characteristics. Enjoy the fresh and flavourful heirloom tomato all summer long.  

 

 

Chef’s Recommendation
Enjoy with burrata, extra virgin olive oil, fresh ground pepper and fleur de sel.

 

 

 

Lychee Nuts

A lychee’s excellence is measured two ways: the luscious sweetness of its pearly fruit and the size of the smooth brown seed inside (the smaller the better). A fruit of contrasts, lychee’s bright and bumpy skin yields to delicate fragrance and flavour within.

 

 

Chef’s Recommendation

Naturally syrup-sweet and juicy, they’re exquisite on their own or in summer cocktails.

Cherries

 

 

Cherries

We celebrate cherry season by eating as many of them as we can. Whether fresh or in dessert recipes, cherries are summer fruits we just can’t get enough of. This year, we’re even experimenting with savory combinations - think Brie, Camembert, tomatoes, black peppercorn, chile, duck and pork.

 

Farmer’s Recommendation
Pick them ripe, firm and plump with shiny skins and green stems.
 

Fresh Fig

 

 

Figs

The original forbidden fruit, figs have been celebrated in cuisine, art and culture around the world for thousands of years. And why not? With their jewel toned skins barely containing the sticky-sweet fruit they conceal, figs as much a pleasure to behold as to consume!

 

Farmer’s Recommendation

Test ripeness with gentle pressure; they should give slightly. Wobbly stems mean mushy figs.

 

Wild Blueberries

 

 Wild Blueberries

 
With more sweetness, more tang and more antioxidants than cultivated berries, wild blueberries are small in size and huge in flavour.

 

 

Chef’s Recommendation
We love blueberries in fresh, bright combinations with tangy yogurt (or feta!) and citrus... or complemented by herbs like lavender and basil in summer spritzers and spiked lemonades.

 

 

Explore these beautiful fruits and others in store.

 


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