What's in Season This Summer

What’s in Season This Summer: Fruits and Veggies

It used to be obvious which fruits and vegetables were in season by simply walking through the produce section. If produce wasn’t in season it either wasn’t in sight or the price per pound was quadrupled.  More and more consumers can find almost anything any time of year.  But, there remain several advantages to sticking with in-season produce.  Not only do they have a fresh, full taste, but they can often be available through local farms.  Many times grocers will run sales on seasonal produce.  And some experts would reason that local, fresh produce in season will retain more nutrient value.

When spring hits, many of us begin to anticipate warm-weather produce that will start to pop-up. Starting now you can shop your favorite grocery store or farmer’s market and find:

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  • Apricots
  • Carrots
  • Green Beans
  • Beets
  • Blackberries
  • Raspberries
  • Cantaloupe
  • Peaches
  • Peppers
  • Spinach and other greens
  • Cabbage
  • Corn
  • Herbs
  • Potatoes
  • Rhubarb
  • Radishes
  • Onions
  • Strawberries
  • Asparagus
  • Cherries
  • Apricots
  • Carrots
  • Green Beans
  • Beets
  • Blackberries
  • Raspberries
  • Cantaloupe
  • Peaches
  • Peppers
  • Spinach and other greens
  • Cabbage
  • Corn
  • Herbs
  • Potatoes
  • Tomatoes
  • Squash including zucchini
  • Peas
  • Watermelon
  • Apricots
  • Carrots
  • Green Beans
  • Beets
  • Blackberries
  • Raspberries
  • Cantaloupe
  • Peaches
  • Peppers
  • Spinach and other greens
  • Cabbage
  • Corn
  • Herbs
  • Tomatoes
  • Squash including zucchini
  • Peas
  • Watermelon
  • Okra
  • Eggplant

Moving into late summer will bring even more vegetables and fruits! For now, you may want to get this particular B vitamin and potassium packed fruit in your grocery cart while it is in its prime this month – CHERRIES! 

Cherry. Three berries isolated on white background

At less than 100 calories and 3g of fiber per cup, and as much potassium found in a banana, cherries provide nutritional punch.  Cherries also contain flavonoids.  Flavonoids are a powerful antioxidant which help: 1. rid our bodies of damaging free radicals; 2. have been shown to slow cancerous cell growth, and 3. give cherries their distinct deep red pigmentation.  The more crimson-purple in color (versus bright red) the more flavonoids.   The anti-inflammatory properties in tart cherries have been shown to help in recovery post-exercise and are consumed in juice-form by some athletes.  Eaten as a snack, blended in a smoothie, or cooked down to make a sauce, right now this fruit is at its best price and flavor.  Enjoy!

 

Information provided by acac Registered Dietitians Kris Bonham and Ralanta Thomas.

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