The weather’s getting warmer, the days are getting longer, the wish to be outdoors is growing, and the desire for ice cream comes ever more frequently. With the arrival of spring, our eating habits change and our diets are coloured with the shades of summer.
Partly through gluttony and partly through the desire for refreshment, the most-loved cold dessert of Italian tradition becomes an unmissable treat. At this time of year, the artisan quality of the Galatea brand gains extra deliciousness from wonderful springtime fruits, combining the genuine flavour of natural products with the ability to delight the palate with very few calories.
In addition to the enthusiasts who don’t renounce the pleasure of gelato at any time of year, the milder weather attracts a more seasonal clientele to ice cream parlours. While the classic flavours are an everlasting trend that’s not affected by weather or fashion, the varieties linked to the rhythms of nature have the task of amazing us each year with renewed intensity.
Spring fruit enriches the work of our skilled gelato-makers, allowing them to play with traditional flavours while experimenting with healthy, delicious variations. The desire for ice cream that explodes when winter gives way to the good weather is boosted by the range of products available: besides cones and cups, gelaterias offer ice lollies, granitas and delicious sorbets whose ingredients are 100% plant-based.
The idea underlying our products is to take the very best that each season and each area has to offer, in order to ensure organic high quality with every mouthful. Spring fully supports this principle, providing all our ice cream chefs with exquisite fresh produce that embodies all the goodness that the first sunny days bring to the land.
So which are the most popular fruits for this season’s ice creams?
April sees the arrival of the strawberry, loved by adults and children alike. Naturally sweet, it doesn’t need the addition of refined sugars to delight the tastebuds, and is also suitable for those with high blood sugar or specific diets. It goes perfectly with great classics like fior di latte.
Cherries have always been one of the favourite spring flavours. Rich in vitamins A and C, they add an intense yet delicate taste even when used as a garnish, and they reach maximum ripeness between April and June, depending on the variety.
As summer approaches we also see the arrival of the citron, one of the most ancient citrus varieties. It is primarily used to prepare candied fruits, and is common in the Mediterranean area. Its distinctive aromatic flavour is ideal for making sorbets and ice creams which need no additional ingredients.
From May onwards the peach is obligatory: thirst-quenching and smooth, it’s a wonderful taste experience every time.
Another marvellously refreshing ingredient is mint, whose benefits are essential as the weather grows warmer. Galatea’s Menta Piementina, made with essential oil of Piemontese mint, combines natural flavour with the pleasure of an intense green colour with no hidden additives.
Although these days fruit is available all year round, we advise all our ice cream chefs to respect the nature that surrounds us and use their imagination to create flavours that are in tune with the seasons, giving as much attention to consumers as to the product itself. In Galatea ice cream parlours you’ll always be amazed at the creativity in flavour combinations designed to complement each other, and by the wide choice of varieties to please even the most curious and adventurous of customers.
Safe in the knowledge that in our products nothing is hidden, and that we guarantee the traceability of all our ingredients, you know that the safety of everything we do is clearly written on every label.