Summer is officially here. With it comes hot temperatures, perfect days for the beach and, of course, the perfect time to enjoy the fruits and vegetables that are in season. Before this exciting season comes, it might be a good idea for you to create a checklist on some of the seasonal produce you should get.
Here are other fruits and vegetables that are in season during summer:
According to Seasonal Food Guide, seasonal produce are both healthier and tastier than produce that isn’t in season. Locally grown fruits and veggies are directly transported from farms to markets, thus leaving them as fresh as possible. Since it’s fresh, the produce is said to have more nutrients and vitamins in it. Other than these, seasonal food are generally cheaper as they are more abundant.
Mix butter, parsley and garlic for a delicious coating on top of half a zucchini. Top it with parmesan cheese and place it on the grill for about 8 minutes.
Grab a selection of your favorite summer fruits and slice them into bite-sized pieces. Mix them in a bowl then add lemon and lime juice, sprinkling with brown sugar for a sweet aftertaste. Serve cold during a barbeque outside and watch your guests enjoy themselves.
Cut cantaloupes into bite-sized pieces and put 4-5 pieces on a skewer. Before placing on the grill, heat a mixture of butter, honey and mint, which you’ll use to brush the skewers with. Grill until char marks appear.
Beets can be really messy, so be sure to invest in a high-quality wood cutting board to get the job done. Cook the beets in boiling water then refrigerate for an hour. When serving, put a dollop of sour cream on the side for an extra kick of flavour.
Pan fry two chicken breasts seasoned with salt and pepper until they are golden brown. Add bell peppers and onions, wine, tomato juice, rice, salt, pepper and bring it to a boil. This dish is a classic that will always be enjoyed.
Place roughly chopped cucumber and scallions, as well as cilantro, sour cream, butter milk, cayenne and salt into a food processor. Puree the mixture and serve it cold with a side of salsa.
In a puree, finely chop fennel, celery, scallions, onions, garlic and red peppers. Place the mixture in a large bowl and add diced tomatoes, olive oil, tomato juice and lemon juice. Make sure to chill before serving.
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