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Embrace the Brrr! 5 Summer Fruits to Eat Frozen This Winter

Winter chill getting you down? Embrace the deep freeze! Self Magazine has advice that hits the spot when we find ourselves looking out at a sea of white and pining for summer’s fresh food. They remind us that we never pay more for frozen, no matter the time of year, and because frozen fruits are picked at their peak of ripeness, not before, we reap the benefits of all the nutrition and all the flavor.

And that’s not all: quick frozen fruit preserves the integrity of the individual fruit, too, making it ideal for recipes and a perfect substitute for fresh in most cases. So there’s really no need to despair when the snow flies. Frozen fruit will rescue you from the depths of winter. Consider frozen the perfect winter palliative – add it to desserts and entrées, snacks and salsas, and you’ll instantly feel like you’re in the islands.

Get your fruit on this winter! Take advantage of these off-season fruits in their delicious, nutritious frozen form:

Wild Blueberries
This Grilled Chicken Breast with Wild Blueberry Grape Sauce calls for 2 ½ cups of antioxidant-rich wild blueberries and frozen works perfectly. It’s a great way to get a taste of the summer harvest while getting your fruit servings.

Livestrong.com has Razzle Dazzle Chocolate Raspberry Cupcakes that are super easy and super fun to bring a little summer to the winter blahs. The recipe calls for fresh, but frozen raspberries are easy to work with. Just thaw for 20 minutes in a strainer before using.

Mango chutney and salsa is the perfect complement for curries, grilled meats, and barbeque. Just substitute fresh for frozen chunks in your favorite salsa recipe. Dole has great recipe ideas for mango that will get your through the winter. Try Jerk Chicken with Mango Salsa for a dinnertime warm up.

Frozen peaches are an excellent choice for desserts during the winter when fresh peaches are expensive and difficult to find. Use them right from the bag for most recipes or thaw and drain for recipes like Peach Pie. Try this Peach gallette, here from Myrecipes.com for a different take on the classic pie recipe.

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