On a trip down memory lane, Jerri Green sets out to recreate childhood memories with a lovely summer fruit salad.
By Jerri Green
Certain foods carry me back to my childhood. My earliest memories of fresh food came from my great-grandmother’s kitchen. They had a small farm in their backyard that in the summer was full of fresh corn that we shucked ourselves, purple hull beans that we snapped until our fingers were inky, and ripe blackberries that were best popped right into your mouth from the prickly vine. There was also all manner of fruit trees on the property. And while I have fond memories of the bartlett pears, pink lady apples and dark cherries, my favorite by far was the red and black plums. I remember the ripe fruit would fall to the ground next to the watermelons swelling in size each day. There is just nothing better in my opinion than a juicy plum. Harking back to these sweet childhood memories, I decided to make a stone fruit salad after I came across some pristine plums at my market the other day.
- one red plum
- one black plum
- one ripe peach
- half of a large navel orange
- juice from half a lemon
- a few sprigs of fresh mint
- Wash each piece of fruit thoroughly.
- Peel the orange and remove pith.
- Slice the plums, peach, and orange coarsely.
- Place in a medium mixing bowl.
- Squeeze lemon juice over the mixture.
- Toss thoroughly.
- Top with fresh mint.
Jerri Green is a vegetarian that lives with and loves a self-proclaimed carnivore. She makes meals work for everyone while juggling the mounting demands of motherhood. Nothing fancy but always fresh, she draws on her southern heritage to bring satisfying food to the table each and everyday.