I was one of those kids who loved canned fruit cocktail. It seemed pretty exotic to those of us who lived in cold, remote places back in the ’60s. It also helped that as a kid I didn’t have much to compare it to. So think of this as a grown-up, more worldly version.
Canning mixed fruit is one of the easiest canning projects you can do, and makes a great beginner project. It provides you with a taste of summer all year, and can easily be adapted to what you have on hand. For this batch I used fresh peaches, apricots, and cherries from the Farmer’s Market. I also added papaya and mango purchased at the local grocery store. I love tropical fruit! But you could use plums, blueberries, pears, nectarines, pineapple, etc. The basic recipe is the same, no matter what the fruit. You can find the recipe and canning directions here.What fruit are you canning this year?