Eat The Seasons // June
June is one of my favorite months for fresh produce. It’s the time of the years when farmer’s markets are in full swing and the hot sun has perfectly ripen every fruit and vegetable you can think of. If you are lucky enough to have your own garden, you are probably starting to reap the benefits from the love and care you bestowed on your little plants. June is pretty much the best!
In this new monthly series, I want to start highlighting different fresh fruits or veggies, that are in their peak season of perfection. There’s an incredible benefit to eating with the seasons. Too often we fill our bodies with produce that’s been shipped from other countries when they are still under ripe or forced to ripen when they are not naturally meant to do so. They are often filled with chemicals and simply not that great for you. It’s like me, for example. If someone wakes me up before I’m ready, aka one of my dogs, that results in one unproductive, bitter person all day long. Same goes for produce. If you “wake them up” them before they are naturally ready, you often are left with bland foods – lacking in great nutrients.
Now, it’s safe to say that even if you purchase your produce within the seasons, you are not automatically freed from any pesticides or chemicals. There’s still the need to make sure you are purchasing organically grown fruits and veggies to really experience the true benefits. So just what benefits will you get from eating seasonally?
- You provide your body with important vitamins, antioxidants, minerals, enzymes, and so much more that are needed to maintain optimal health. In fact, studies have shown that some crops can have up to three times more nutrients when grown in season. Crazy, right?
- Organic, seasonal fruits and veggies help to cleanse and detoxify your body, which is perfect during these long summers of endless barbecuing and family get-togethers.
- It’s a lot more cost effective. Fruits and veggies are easier and less time consuming to grow in their natural seasons. The harvests are usually much more abundant, resulting in lower prices, so stores can get rid of it before it goes bad.
- It simply tastes better. Have you ever eaten a tomato in the winter time vs a freshly picked tomato in mid June? The flavor differences are staggering.
- You help to support the organic farming community, when you shop local farmer’s markets.
- You reduce your carbon footprint. Seasonal fruits and vegetables don’t have to travel as far to reach their destinations. Out of season produce often goes through harsh chemical washes and wax coatings in order to keep fresh during their long journeys overseas or across the US. Yuck!
So what’s in season this month, you ask? Well, it’s different for each region and state. Below is a list of items you can find in the California area. To find out what’s fresh in your neck of the woods, check out Sustainable Table. I’m obsessed with their site and it has loads of info on each produce item, as well.
So, now that you’ve hit up your local farmer’s market it’s time to start cooking with all of this great stuff. Here are a few different recipes to get your creative juices flowing. Cheers!
1. One-Pan Apricot Walnut and Brie Stuffed Chicken Breast with Roasted Potatoes by Half Baked Harvest
2. Apricot Creme Fraiche Tart with Honey and Pistachios by The Bojon Gourmet
3. Kale Salad with Apricots and Feta by the Kitchen Confidante
1. Berry with Arugula and Prosciutto Pizza by Foodie Crush
2. Warm Potato Arugula Salad by Naturally Ella
3. Sauteed Shrimp with Arugula and Tomatoes by Martha Stewart
1. Smoked Salmon Egg Stuffed Avocados by Grok Grub
2. Shrimp and Avocado Stuffed Mushrooms by the Feisty Kitchen
3. Sriracha Lime Chicken Chopped Salad by Lexi’s Clean Kitchen
1. Crispy Blackberry Honey Jalapeno Chicken Wings by Heather Christo
2. Blackberry Ombre Popsicles by Tutti Dolci
3. Blackberry Honey Walnut Salad with Easy Blackberry Balsamic Vinaigrette by Carlsbad Cravings
4. Blackberry Fennel Pizza by Scaling Back Blog
5. Chocolate Blackberry Cupcakes by Pastry Affair
1. Healthy Mexican Casserole with Roasted Corn and Peppers by Pinch of Yum
2. Simple Summer Corn Soup by Minimalist Baker
3. Parmesan Zucchini and Corn by Damn Delicious
1. Grilled Panzanella Salad by Camille Styles
2. Spicy Cucumber Margaritas by Gimme Some Oven
3. Cucumber Rolls with Creamy Avocado by Pure Ella
1. Eggplant, Prosciutto, & Pesto Pressed Picnic Sandwiches by Host the Toast
2. Eggplant Parmesan Bites with Marinara Dipping Sauce by Just a Taste
3. Eggplant Pizza by Eat Good 4 Life
1. 7 Ingredient Easy Zuppa Toscana (Creamy Gnocchi Soup with Kale and Sausage) by Gimme Some Oven
2. Beet Pesto Pizza with Kale and Goat Cheese by The Roasted Root
3. Kale and Chicken Egg Rolls with Ginger Soy Dip by Just a Taste
1. Tomato, Peach, & Burrata Salad by Two Peas & Their Pod
2. Bite Sized Greek Salad by Cooking with My Kid
3. Drunken Chicken Marsala with Tomatoes by Pinch of Yum