Make sure to pick up some of these in-season fruits and veggies while you’re shopping for your summer produce.
I’m a summer girl. I love the sun, the water and a big bowl of fresh strawberries right off the vine. Nothing beats the juicy, succulent sweetness of a ripe strawberry. If that ain’t summer, I don’t know what is.
There are so many benefits to eating seasonally. Here are just a few of my favorites.
1. Fresher, More Flavorful Produce
Consuming summer produce like fruits and vegetables naturally in season in your local area results in fresher and more flavorful produce.
When produce is in season, it's harvested at peak ripeness and transported shorter distances to reach you, the consumer. This means it spends less time in storage and transit and is more likely to be sold and consumed closer to when it was picked.
As a result, the summer produce retains its natural freshness and flavor, making it a hundred times more enjoyable than eating something that came from further away.
Ever take a big bite out of an apple and think, “This has absolutely no flavor.” Yea, me too.
It’s because out-of-season produce more than likely has been harvested early and stored for longer periods or transported over long distances. This leads to a loss of flavor and nutrients over time. That’s a hard pass for me. Give me the juicy flavor, please!
2. Incredibly Nutrient-Dense
Fruits and veggies tend to be more nutrient-dense right after they’re harvested, which makes sense!
The longer they sit, the more those nutrients deplete and disintegrate. They’re harvested at their peak, meaning they’re brimming with nutrients.
Did you know that out-of-state-shipped and store-bought fruits & veggies have been depleted by almost 50% in nutrients by the time they make it into your kitchen? 70-80% for those out of the country. That’s INSANE.
Pay attention to where that package says those berries were shipped from because it does matter. This tip isn’t just for summer produce — keep this in mind all year long.
If you live in an area where some of these foods aren’t grown locally, don’t hesitate on buying them even if they’re shipped from out of the state or country. Some nutrients are better than none!
3. Reduces Carbon Footprint
Eating seasonally reduces the carbon footprint of food production and transportation because it decreases the distance food travels. So eating foods in season and grown locally means less fuel is needed to transport them, resulting in lower carbon emissions.
By choosing to eat this way, we can help reduce the environmental impact of our food choices and support more sustainable food systems. Eat seasonally AND help our environment — that’s a win-win right there.
Especially when it comes to summer produce. Yum!
4. Supports Local Farmers
Eating seasonally can support local farmers by creating a demand for the fruits and vegetables they grow.
Consider skipping the big chain stores and buying directly from local farmers at farmers' markets or through community-supported agriculture (CSA) programs. This would give farmers a more direct and fair return on their produce, as they don't have to pay middlemen or distributors.
5. Better Bang for Your Buck
Eating seasonally can save you some serious moolah because seasonal produce tends to be more abundant and, therefore, more affordable. It’s also because they have to sell it fast before it goes bad.
Especially if you’re grabbing your produce from local farmers. The same summer produce is more expensive during other times of the year because they come from further away.
Now let’s take a look at a few fruits and veggies you need to eat this summer!
Summer Produce You’re Sure to Love
Summer is that time of the year. You know the one. The soft breeze flowing through the trees, the sun kissing your skin, the refreshing fruit-themed drinks — it’s a great time.
Pool parties become the norm, and smells of BBQs fill the air. Well, here’s a list of some summer produce you don’t wanna miss out on — plus, they make great sides and appetizers for those fun BBQs!
Holy guacamole, it’s time to get excited!
The flavor of these gorgeous green gems is out of this world during the summer. Whether you’re topping toast, dicing it for a salad or eating it straight out of the skin, you won’t be disappointed!
Here’s a list of some easy recipes I’m sure you’ll love.
Cherries are sweet, juicy, and refreshing. Plus, they’re packed with nutrients such as fiber, vitamin C and potassium. Cherries are a versatile and tasty way to enjoy the flavors of summer whether they’re eaten fresh, baked in a pie or blended into a smoothie.
Here are some pies and smoothie recipes.
Berries are a quintessential summer fruit that’s delicious and incredibly nutritious. They’re loaded with antioxidants, fiber and vitamins and have been linked to various health benefits, such as reducing inflammation and improving brain function.
Whether enjoyed on their own, mixed into a salad or blended into a smoothie, berries are a refreshing way to beat the summer heat while nourishing your body at the same time. So, here are some recipes to enjoy during your summer.
Talk about a juicy and delicious summer fruit — peaches are king! The sweet and tangy flavor of a ripe peach is a perfect complement to warm summer days and outdoor gatherings.
Whether eaten fresh, grilled, or baked into a dessert, peaches are a healthy way to indulge your sweet tooth this summer. Be sure to add peaches to your grocery list right away so you can try out these delicious recipes.
Watermelon is refreshing and perfect for staying hydrated during hot weather. It's rich in vitamins A and C and antioxidants. It has a high water content, making it a great option for anyone looking to stay cool and nourished.
It's great on its own, or dice it up and add it to salads, smoothies, and other dishes for a sweet, subtle flavor. So, whether you're having a picnic or just lounging by the pool, watermelon is a perfect summer treat. Try out these recipes for a tasty way to enjoy this summer produce.
I munch on cucumbers all summer long! But my secret obsession? Pickles. I can’t get enough of that vinegary goodness. Cucumbers are also a good source of vitamins and minerals, including vitamin K and potassium.
These cool cukes are enjoyable in salads, sandwiches and as a refreshing snack on their own. So next time you're looking for a cool and crisp summer snack, reach for cucumbers and try these recipes!
Peppers are a flavorful summer vegetable that can add a delicious kick to any meal. They’re packed with essential vitamins, such as vitamins A and C, and antioxidants that can help protect your body from damage caused by harmful free radicals.
They’re delightful when grilled, roasted, sautéed or eaten raw, making them a great addition to salads, stir-fries and sandwiches. Here are some great ways to include this summer produce in your food palette.
Did you know peas are easy to grow? We have them sprouting galore in our garden, and we eat them all up. They’re so good on their own, steamed as a side, tossed in a salad, or even frozen to cool off.
When my kids were babies and teething, they gobbled up frozen peas, which helped so much! Let’s remember they’re also a good source of vitamins A, C and K, as well as fiber, protein and minerals like iron and potassium. Here are some fun ways to eat them!
Radishes are low in calories, high in fiber and a great source of vitamin C, folate and potassium, which helps support immune function. They can be eaten raw or cooked, added to salads, and sandwiches or used as a crunchy and colorful garnish.
Looking for a healthy snack or a way to add some flavor and texture to your summer dishes? Look no further. Radishes are the answer to your prayers.
Enjoy Your Summer With Delicious Summer Produce
It’s always best to eat produce that’s in season. When you do, you’re in for a juicy, delightful treat — trust me — especially summer produce.
I hope you enjoy this summer and make it a tasty one for the books!
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