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Eating with the Seasons: Summer

It’s no secret that we are advocates for shopping local and supporting farmers, but while we know how important it is, we are also aware that it’s not always easy to know what foods to shop for/eat during the various seasons.

This is the first of four articles (one per season) we are sharing to help you understand which foods are “in season.”

But first, why is it important to eat according to the seasons? Here is a list of our top 6 reasons:

  1. Support local food and farmers.  We have an entire post all about this for you to learn from and enjoy!
  2. Foods in season are more nutrient dense. Seasonal food usually comes from your local farm, and so therefore produce is picked at its peak, retaining the most nutrients.
  3. Costs less. It’s the law of supply and demand. When foods are in season, there is typically an abundance of them and thus they cost less than when they are not in season.
  4. Better for the environment. Eating with the seasons requires less fossil fuel for shipping, since most of the food you’ll consume will come from local sources.
  5. Top quality and flavor. This goes hand-in-hand with #2, but when produce is picked fresh, it also retains flavor and quality. The food also travels through fewer hands, making the quality superior to food passed through several parties.
  6. Experimentation! Have you ever had a Chayote Squash? It’s on our list below, but many people have never tried it. Eating with the seasons allows you to try new foods you might not have otherwise thought to try. You are able to break out of the (apple, orange, spinach, kale) rut!

Eating with the Seasons, Summer kitchen.nutiva.com Eat Local

 

 

 

Eating with the Seasons Summer kitchen.nutiva.com In Season Food Items

Fruits

  1. Apricots
  2. Avocados
  3. Bananas
  4. Blackberries
  5. Blueberries
  6. Cantaloupe
  7. Cherries
  8. Currants
  9. Figs
  10. Grapefruits
  11. Grapes
  12. Honeydew Melon
  13. Kiwi
  14. Lemons
  15. Lime
  16. Mango
  17. Nectarines
  18. Passion Fruit
  19. Peaches
  20. Pluots
  21. Plums
  22. Raspberries
  23. Strawberries
  24. Tomatoes
  25. Tomatillos
  26. Watermelon

Eating with the Seasons, Summer kitchen.nutiva.com Donut Peaches

 

Vegetables

  1. Arugula
  2. Beets
  3. Bell Peppers
  4. Butter Lettuce
  5. Cabbage
  6. Carrots
  7. Cauliflower
  8. Celery
  9. Chard
  10. Chayote Squash
  11. Chilies
  12. Corn
  13. Cucumbers
  14. Eggplant
  15. Endive
  16. Garlic
  17. Green Beans
  18. Green Onions
  19. Okra
  20. Peas
  21. Radishes
  22. Rhubarb
  23. Shallots
  24. Sugar Snap Peas
  25. Summer Squash
  26. Turnips
  27. Zucchini

Eating with the Seasons, Summer kitchen.nutiva.com Baby Cherry Tomatoes

 

Other

  1. Aster Flowers
  2. Basil
  3. Cilantro
  4. Dahlia Flowers
  5. Garlic
  6. Guara Flowers

Eating with the Seasons, Summer kitchen.nutiva.com Garlic

What are your favorite summer picks?

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