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Past-Its-Prime Fruit is Ripe for Roasting

Got some berries on their way out? An apple that’s a little dinged up? A pear that could use some extra flavor? Whatever your quandary, roasting is a surefire way to breathe new life (and extra sweetness!) into any kind of fruit. Once roasted, we like to spoon ’em over cake, ice cream, yogurt, or even a wheel of soft cheese. 

Get our universal fruit roasting guide:

And learn how to roast any fruit:

What you’ll need:

5 to 6 cups of fruit


  • 3 tablespoons brown sugar
  • ¼ teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1 teaspoon lemon zest
  • 1 tablespoon lemon juice
  • Pinch of salt

What to do:

Step 1: Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F.

Step 2: Chop fruit into similarly sized pieces. Remove large pits and/or seeds.

Step 3: Toss fruit with brown sugar, cinnamon, lemon zest, and lemon juice.

Step 4: Spread fruit in an even layer on a baking dish or pan. Roast until soft.

Step 5: To finish, broil for five minutes until the tops of fruits have browned and the juices are bubbling.

Step 6: Let the fruit cool slightly. Serve topped with whipped cream, with yogurt and granola, on top of cake, or even with cheese.

Note: Roasted fruit can be stored in an airtight container in the refrigerator for 5 to 7 days.

How long to cook:

20-25 minutes:

  • Berries (strawberries, blueberries, raspberries, blackberries)
  • Stone fruit (peaches, nectarines, apricots, cherries)
  • Citrus (lemons, oranges, limes, grapefruit), peeled
  • Melon (cantaloupe, honeydew)
  • Grapes
  • Mango

35-45 minutes:

  • Apples
  • Pears
  • Persimmons
  • Pineapple

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Comments (8)

Woohoo! We can’t wait to share them with you, Ardis. Feel free to let us know what you’d love to see us do next! ????

Thank you so much for your support, Glenna! We truly appreciate you for spreading the word about us. We hope you can enjoy some delicious roasted fruit soon! ????????

Thanks for Fruit Roasting guide. Sounds like delicious way to prepare fruit that’s blemished or getting to last stages. Can’t wait to try.

We couldn’t agree more, Sandra! We look forward to hearing about what roasted fruit you’ve enjoyed. ????

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