SEASONAL FRUIT PLATTER
Inspired by Alice Water’s (CHEZ PANISSE) interview on Fresh Air last week, I decided to select the most beautiful and sweetest local fruit I could find and offer it to my dinner guests just like this.
The peaches were from the Ithaca Farmer’s Market, the plums were from Black Diamond Farm which has a booth at the IFM, and the little yellow plums in the back, under the grapes were from Indian Creek Orchards. The green grapes, bursts of total flavor and sweetness and the Chestnut Crab apples were also from Black Diamond Farm. The raspberries were from our garden picked a few hours beforehand at their peak of ripeness. I couldn’t resist adding the perfectly ripe figs even though they were interlopers to the local platter.
Served as is with homemade plum ice-cream and this was a feast for the eyes and the taste buds. The next day I made a peach/raspberry pie with the leftover very ripe fruit. But it really is a shame to cook fruit when it is so fresh and perfect as were these fruits.
Thanks to my friend Doug Hexler who hosted the party and took this beautiful picture.