Fresh, fun and flavorful, Americans love berries. In the retail sector, the berry category is number one in total produce sales, contributing 9.1% to sales.
With that level of demonstrated popularity, we’re right on the cusp of the perfect time to introduce new menu items featuring berries. Plus, they are loaded with antioxidants for an added bonus.
So what can you do with berries? It’s more like what can’t you do. New desserts, such as berry empanadas and gallettes can entice your customers, in addition to traditional shortcakes, pies and cobblers. However, one of the greatest values in berries is how they can be used to enhance your existing menu items. For National Berry Month, why not try the following:
Berry Salads: Explore delicious berry based salads (chains are already experiencing success with these types of salads) including Mixed Greens with Crispy Prosciutto (shown), Balsamic Berry Salad and Mixed Berry Salad.
Savory Sauces: Leverage the power of two taste trends in one! You can combine berries with savory flavors for a truly unique taste sensation.
Chutney: A longtime favorite, it can bring an exotic flair to your menu by adding berries for a twist on this condiment from South Asia.
Dips and Spreads: Why stop at chutney? Fruit spreads and dips are a great way to enhance appetizers and desserts.
Garnish: Fun and colorful, just add berries to an existing dish. Everyone loves berries, especially kids.
With all these great options, your National Berry Month menu is sure to be a hit!