We don't know about you, but we tend to find our taste buds change with the seasons. We love Thai and Italian, Armenian and American all year round, but the sorts of flavours we favour seem to change as the weather does. As the temperature warms up and the days get longer, it's fresh and wholesome tastes that really start to tickle our fancy. We begin to choose salad over vegetables, cold meats over hot, comforting roasts. So let us help get you in the mood for summer: read this guide for inspiration on the top flavour picks this season, cooling you down and satisfying your taste buds at the click of a button!
Few ingredients have as refreshing and tangy a taste as lemon. The perfect palette cleanser when you're in need of something cool and cold against your tongue, it adds a unique and instantly identifiable flavour to any dish - and it's just so summery. One of our favourite ways to eat it is spritzed over cold mezzah-style foods, as in the case of the Moutabal from Mezza House. Combining chargrilled eggplant puree with garlic and tahini, the dish wouldn't be complete without a squeeze of lemon juice. It's one super stimulating summertime feast.
As the weather hots up, it might seem the only things that work well on your plate are those that help to cool you down. But sometimes you just have to embrace the heat and what better way to do so than with a dash of chilli? A staple ingredient in dishes from all around the world, it adds some much-needed spice to your diet and energises your mind when you're feeling flustered. Pad Thai is a prime way to sample it, as in the divine dish you can order from The Noodle House. Combining chilli and nut with flat rice noodles, tamarind sauce and prawns, it's a true treat for the taste buds and will fire up your summer!
There's nothing in the world more synonymous with summer than a bowl of freshly-picked strawberries! So of course we've included them in our four top summertime flavours. They sit perfectly in everything from salads to dessert dishes and can create the most refreshing of menu items, as proven by the picture perfect Pitaya Dragon smoothie bowl from Vshakes by Vitallea. Combining organic pink dragon fruit with strawberry, banana, pineapple, coconut water and honey, this is the taste of the tropics bottled up and delivered straight to your door.
Like most citrus fruits, orange is really flavoursome. With a taste that's nothing short of tangy, it's just about the most revitalising treat on a hot summer's day. We so enjoy it folded into our desserts when the weather starts to warm up and it makes the perfect complement to the smooth, rich taste of chocolate. The special, sour note this ingredient adds to offset the sweet is exemplified by the luscious Orangettes Box from La Cure Gourmande. Try these terrific candied treats for yourself to see just how well they work together.
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