Healthy Eating

‘Tis the Season: in season produce

02F43801In season produce. Something I have never known about. Even though I’ve always loved eating my fruits and vegetables. Even as a little girl. I was that weird kid who loved to eat my broccoli and spinach. Each week when I go grocery shopping I make sure that I buy enough produce to last me throughout the week. As much as I love fruits and veggies, I have never looked into what is the best to buy depending on the season. Let me tell you what, I knew I needed to look into it when I bought the most disgusting cucumber I have ever had the other day. I am sure you have had a similar experience. So I thought I would do all of us a favor and research when certain fruits and vegetables are in season. Now you can have a full year of deliciously in season produce!

Spring

Spring isn’t just the season for St. Patrick’s Day and Easter. It’s also a time for you to be buying your artichokes and strawberries (I definitely thought strawberries were a summer fruit!). Here is a full list of the fruits and vegetables that are in full bloom in Spring:

Vegetables: artichokes, asparagus, broccoli, green beans, lettuce, snow peas, spinach, and sugar snap peas.

Fruits: Honeydew, Mangoes, Limes, and Strawberries.

A spinach and strawberry salad would make the perfect Springtime lunch! Add some chicken and almonds for a little extra protein.

Summer

I am torturing myself by even thinking about summer because this winter has been a very long and very snowy one. When Summer finally comes I can enjoy the in season fruits and veggies to my heart’s content.

Vegetables: Bell peppers, cucumbers, summer squash, sweet corn, tomatillos, tomatoes, zucchini.

Fruits: blackberries, blueberries, cherries, grapes, kiwi, peaches, raspberries, and watermelon.

Enjoy those long Summer days with a delicious fruit smoothie. Cut up some watermelon and grill some corn on the cob and celebrate the birth of our great nation. Or make a pasta salad complet with tomatoes, corn, and bell peppers for a barbecue. The possibilities are endless!

Fall

The Fall list is a little smaller, but don’t worry! There are still plenty of delicious ways to celebrate Fall with the fruits and veggies that are in season.

Vegetables: butternut squash, cauliflower, ginger, and pumpkin.

Fruits: apples, cranberries, and pears.

So make some homemade apple cider and roast some pumpkin seeds to munch on as you wait for those cute little witches and ghosts to come trick or treating at your door.

Winter

Like I said, we have had a depressingly dreary winter here in Utah. It seems that the snow will never stop. I guess I can cheer myself up by trying some new recipes in the winter produce.

Vegetables: Brussel sprouts, leeks, mushrooms, sweet potatoes, and winter squash.

Fruits: Grapefruit, oranges, pears, and tangerines.

Maybe tonight I will cuddle up by my fire, eat some oranges and pretend I am in Florida…

What are some of your favorite fruits and vegetables? How do you incorporate them into your favorite seasonal foods? Let me know. I would love to hear your ideas!

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