October 4, 2016

Grill Your Fruit This Fall

If you feel like you haven’t fully taken advantage of your grill this summer, never fear! You still have time before the weather get too cold to cook outdoors. In fact, with autumn, there are more options for grilling thanks to all of the produce that’s now in season. If you need to experiment with different desserts for your online cooking certificate, don’t bother with a pumpkin pie this fall. Try some grilled fruit with a side of ice cream:

Grilled peaches bring out the sweetness.Grilled peaches bring out the sweetness.

Fruits to grill
Realistically, you could char up just about any fruit on your grill, or even on a skillet on your stove. Some fruits have their flavors enhanced when they’re heated up, making them even juicier and more savory than eating them raw. Others, though, can’t take the heat. Berries don’t hold up to the high heat very well, and neither do most citrus fruits. Some of the best fruits for grilling include:

  • Stone fruits: Peaches, apricots and plums are some of the best fruits to grill. The skin maintains structure, allowing for the meat of the fruit to soften and grow sweeter. You can peel the fruit after taking them off of the heat, or just eat right out of the skin with a spoon.
  • Coconut: Toast your own coconut by putting the white part of a coconut right on the grill. While raw coconut is typically bitter, it takes on a sweet flavor when it’s a bit charred.
  • Bananas: You can cut a banana lengthwise and grill it to use in a banana split. You can also slice it up and cook it on a skillet on the stove to add to an ice cream sundae.
  • Pineapple: Pineapple is one of the most popular fruits to grill, and for good reason! Not only is it fantastic in desserts, but pineapple makes a great addition to burgers and stir fry dishes.

How to grill fruit
Grilling fruit is very simple, but you want to make sure it doesn’t stick to the grill or take on the flavor of the food cooked prior. Be sure to clean the grill or skillet thoroughly before you cook the fruit. Choose fruits that are firm, so they don’t fall apart, and always slice them. Brush them with oil and place them face down on the grill. You can use maple syrup or honey too, if you want something sweeter.