Fruit + Herb Pairings

by Kristina Domitrovich // photo by Lindsay Pace 

My family was initially very concerned, some even repulsed, when I told them what I was doing. I was preparing a strawberry pavlova for that evening’s dessert. In the bowl of chopped strawberries, I tossed in some chiffonaded basil. Despite their initial doubt, everyone loved it.

Whether mixing in a cocktail, serving on a pavlova, throwing it in a jam or just eating it out of a bowl, fruit and herbs go beautifully together – providing depth and profile to round everything out nicely. Here are some suggested pairings to spruce up your fruit game.

Oregano

  • Berries

Italian parsley

  • Lemons
  • Melons
  • Bananas
  • Coconuts
  • Pineapples
  • Grapefruits

Rosemary

  • Citrus fruits
  • Grapes
  • Pineapples
  • Cranberries
  • Apples
  • Kiwis

Sage

  • Cherries
  • Pineapples

Cilantro

  • Melons
  • Mangoes
  • Coconuts
  • Citrus fruits
  • Pineapples
  • Figs
  • Plums
  • Apples

Mint

  • Melons
  • Berries
  • Grapes
  • Citrus fruits
  • Kiwis
  • Pears
  • Stone fruits
  • Coconuts

Thyme

  • Cherries
  • Grapefruits
  • Lemons
  • Figs
  • Peaches
  • Honeydew
  • Cranberries

Ginger

  • Melons
  • Pears
  • Bananas
  • Rhubarb
  • Grapes
  • Apricots
  • Peaches
  • Pineapples
  • Citrus fruits
  • Apples
  • Mangoes
  • Berries

Basil

  • Strawberries
  • Citrus fruits
  • Stone fruits
  • Coconuts
  • Figs
  • Pineapples
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