How To Make Bad Fruit Taste Good

Welcome to fall, aka bland supermarket fruit season in most of America.

Buying lame, out-of-season fruit at the grocery store is frustrating and terrible.

Try these 7 roasting techniques to turn your fruit rejects into stars.

1. The Joy Kitchen’s Roasted Cantaloupe


1 cantaloupe
About 2 tablespoons sugar or vanilla sugar (optional)

We know what you’re thinking, but this isn’t the pale, completely bland fruit salad filler that gives cantaloupe a bad wrap. Cube it, toss it with a little vanilla sugar, and stick it in a hot oven to change your life— that is, at least in regards to cantaloupe.

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3. Roasted Rhubarb with Strawberries

This recipe uses sweet vermouth, maple syrup and balsamic vinegar and results in something complex and amazing.

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4. Roasted Plums

Bright, fresh, quick, and can be served with ice cream.

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5. Judy Rodgers’ Roasted Applesauce

This apple sauce is WAY better than the pre-packed stuff because it’s all natural and it has some texture, so you won’t feel like you’re eating baby food.

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6. Rum-Spiked Roasted Mango

Anything caramelized by rum is correct.

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7. Apples Baked in Cider

When you’re trying to eat healthy, but your sweet tooth is begging you for dessert, try these apples. They will satisfy your comfort food cravings without canceling out that salad you ate for lunch.

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