Best (And Worst) Fruit Choices for Ice Cream

Over the summer season fruit is everywhere. We get spoilt for choice and prices are low. This is the time I love. It’s fruit ice cream making time.

A selection of mangoes in a box

Summer allows me to make ice cream and sorbet with reckless abandon. If a batch fails, I’m not as stressed about how much money I just wasted. Luckily most of the time there are no failures, just delicious fresh ice cream.

Water is your enemy when making ice cream. It’s responsible for iciness. The amount of water content in fruit varies significantly and it can have a big impact on your final ice cream. So I decided to give you a quick run-down on my favourite (and no so favourite) fruit to make ice cream with.

My top 3 fruit to make ice cream

I want to make it clear, these aren’t my favourite fruit ice creams. They are the fruit I find are easiest to work with. Due to their low water content I have better success with creating a creamy textured ice cream.

The % shows the water content in the fruit.

  1. Mango 84%
  2. Fig 80%
  3. Banana 76%

I have never had a problem making any ice cream with these fruit. Although mango isn’t the lowest water content fruit around, it tends to make excellent ice cream. It’s also perfect for making sorbet – hey, there’s a reason Weis is such a successful company. Consumers love mango sorbet!

punnets of strawberriesMy bottom 3 fruit to make ice cream

  1. Strawberries 92%
  2. Watermelon 93%
  3. Peaches 90%

Listing strawberries in this list feels wrong because I love it when it’s made right. If you can successfully make strawberry ice cream that has good texture, you should be proud. Here’s the issue. You can either blitz the strawberries, in which case you tend to lose that burst of fresh strawberry flavour. Or you can have chunks of strawberry which, when frozen, turn into icy bits that no-one enjoys.

One possible solution to deal with water content is to roast the fruit before churning it. This reduces the water and can improve the texture. Check out my pear ice cream recipe to see an example of this.

If it’s summer where you live, enjoy it. Make the most of the in-season fruit available to you and don’t be afraid to trial new recipes. If you have good success with making fruit ice cream be sure to write down the recipe for next time and feel free to shoot your recipe my way 🙂

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