Have you ever wondered why certain produce looks better and is less expensive at different times of year? Well, that’s because produce goes in and out of season as conditions become ideal for growth. As we progress into summer, some of my favorite produce is coming into season, and I just can’t help myself but share. The following list details my favorite summer produce!
- Avocado – If you have been anywhere near the health and wellness community over the past 10 years, you’ve eaten an avocado or two. In the summer I crave guacamole like no ones business, my Mom’s homemade recipe to be exact.
- Berries – Come summer I am all about berry smoothies and juices. Not only because they are refreshing and delicious, but they are packed with antioxidants and digestive aids. Grab-and-go blue berries are my summer staple.
- Chard – Chard is a beautiful leafy green, sometimes with rainbow colored stalks. While I always LOVE kale, chard is my favorite sauté and throw into anything summer green.
- Cherries – They deserve no explanation, fresh cherries are my ride-or-die.
- Corn – There’s a lot of debate over corn lately. Can the body digest it easily? Is it high in calories? Does it have any nutritional benefits? In my opinion, if you are getting your corn from a GMO, toxin free, ethical producer, you have nothing to worry about. And really, who can resists an ear of sweet corn grilled in its husk State Fair style?
- Cucumber – I cannot resist the smell of a fresh cut cucumber. That said, I love love love a basic cucumber salad. Simply dress fresh cucs in a light oil, apple cider vinegar, salt and pepper, and you have the best salad of the summer.
- Herbs – I have tried so hard living in an apartment to grow herbs indoors, and I just cannot keep them alive. Thank god for farmer’s markets, I can and will find any excuses to add herbs to my cooking. Life hack, freeze diced herbs and EVOO in an ice cube tray for pre-made sauté oil whenever you want.
- Tomatillos – Like a tomato but weird looking, and that’s reason enough for me to buy them! I mean beside the fact that homemade tomatillo salsa is WAY better than red salsa.
- Tomatoes – Add salt plus any kind of vinegar and maybe a few fresh herbs, and you have my favorite snack. One of my favorite combos is heirloom tomato, tarragon vinegar, fresh tarragon, salt and pepper.
- Watermelon – The childhood staple that just doesn’t get old. Enjoy alone as a classic or add lime, tajin seasoning and fresh mint for an elevated flavor experience.
Let me know in the comments below if you would like me to post my favorite summer recipes.