While traveling throughout the Okanagan you can find an open fruit stand just about anywhere starting around July 15th.
Stop your minivan and let everyone use the washroom while you go buy a few treasures from one of our local farms. This is a salsa made with any of our local fruits… It's easy enough that your 10 year old child can make this salsa while mom makes a fire and grills a piece of fish, and dad goes to pick fresh flower to get the table nice and pretty.
Feeds 6 people - Serve with approx 1 kg fresh fish of your choice
2 cups of pitted cherries
1 sweet red pepper
1/2 bunch of Cilantro
1/2 red onion, chopped
Juice of 1 lime
Pinch of sea salt and black pepper
A touch of sugar to boost the flavors from the fruits.
A touch of Cayenne (optional but good)
Chop fruit into bite-size pieces, and stir to mix. Chop pepper, cilantro and onion finely and stir again. Squeeze lime juice over top and stir gently. Season with salt and pepper and sugar to taste. Add cayenne if desired.
Grill the fish as best you can over the fire, with as little ash as possible : Enjoy with a glass of our local BC wine!
I have also used local strawberries, apricots, nectarines and plums throughout the summer season. And mangos and papayas in the winter depending on the market availability.