Enjoy Summertime Year-Round with These 12 Fruit Butters

If you're a produce junkie, then you probably love summertime. Bursting with colors, scents, and flavor, the plethora of options seems boundless. That is, of course, until fall hits and the available supplies suddenly begin to dwindle until you are left with parsnips and potatoes at your local farmers' market.

However, there is no reason to let the change of seasons rob you of flavor! That's why we have fruit butter. Fruit butter is the solution to the age-old quest to getting all your favorite fruits, even in the dead of winter. Slowly simmered and blended with spices, fruit butters come in as many variations as there are fruits. And they are all super simple to make.

To get you started on the path to preservation, here are 12 recipes for fruit butter.

1. Apple Butter

Life as a Strawberry

If you've ever had a fruit butter then you've probably had apple butter. This is the classic of classic flavors. And just like a classic should be, it's tasty and satisfying. Every. Single. Time.

Now you just need to learn to make it yourself instead of shelling out $8 a jar for it at your local farmers' market.

Get the recipe here.

2. Chocolate Pumpkin Butter

chocolate pumpkin fruit butter
Oh She Glows

So I could have given you a recipe for Plain Jane pumpkin butter, but where's the interest in that? Besides, we get so much pumpkin in our lives anyways, I bet most of us would like to change it up once in awhile.

So without further ado, let me introduce you to the new reason you should continue to enjoy pumpkin: chocolate pumpkin butter.

Get the recipe here.

3. Fig Butter

The Gracious Pantry

If you love the inside of a Fig Newton, then you need to immediately learn to make fig butter. That way you can spread that flavor on anything and everything.

Get the recipe here.

4. Strawberry Rhubarb Butter

Strawberry rhubarb butter
Meghan Telpner

Forget strawberry rhubarb pie. Everyone knows you just want the filling anyway. So why not learn to make it yourself so that you can stop pretending you care about the crust?

Get the recipe here.

5. Pear Butter

Gimme Some Oven

Creamy and spicy all at the same time, pear butter can be as varied as the pears you purchase. Want it a little tart? Try Bartlett. Want something a little more earthy? Try Anjou. The options are endless.

Get the recipe here.

6. Passionfruit Butter

Belly Rumbles

If you've ever enjoyed passionfruit as a fruit, then you're probably wondering why in the world you would waste that delicious nectar to make a fruit butter. After all, it's pure perfection in its natural form.

While I can't argue with the logic of eating it fresh, you should still learn to preserve it. It's the perfect way to use up your end-of-season fruit while ensuring that you'll get to enjoy its tanginess year round.

Get the recipe here.

7. Raw Mango Butter

Just Making Noise

Do you miss the bright taste of mangoes in the dark depths of winter? If you knew how to make mango butter, the answer would be no.

This season, bring the warm tropical sunshine into your home with a smear of this on your morning toast.

Get the recipe here.

8. Spiced Peach Butter

Andrea Meyers

Think of this like peach cobbler in a jar. You'll be thrilled when you realize you can do everything from load up croissants to marinate pork in the flavors of one of the best desserts out there.

Get the recipe here.

9. Plum Butter

plum fruit butter
Savory Simple

Plums can be a tricky fruit to love. They have a lovely inside, but sometimes their skins can be off putting. So why not just rip the skins off entirely and just use the lusciously sweet insides to make a fruit butter?

Get the recipe here.

10. Blueberry Plum Butter

blueberry-plum fruit butter
Simple Bites

If you still have a rocky relationship with the flavor of plums, just add blueberries. Their bright flavor is a perfect balance to the sour-sweet earthiness of a plum. Soon you'll find yourself spreading it on everything.

Get the recipe here.

11. Persimmon Butter

persimmon fruit butter
Lick My Spoon

There are few fruits in this world that are better than a ripe persimmon. Sweet, textured, and spiced with a natural cinnamon, once you take one bite you'll find them irresistible. Unfortunately, persimmon season is short.

Thankfully, that is why we have fruit butter. Now you can indulge in the taste of fall even when you're sweating by the poolside.

Get the recipe here.

12. Cranberry Butter

cranberry-fruit butter
The Gracious Pantry

Cranberry is one of those fabulous treats that gets enjoyed about once a year. However, that is unfair to this little berry. It deserves to be enjoyed all the time. So learn how to turn it into fruit butter and you'll find out how well it pairs with summer flavors.

Get the recipe here.

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