With our modern agriculture, you can get produce year-round regardless of their growing season. But nothing tastes better than in-season produce, fresh off the vine or tree. Why not get inspired to cook seasonally, with some of these tasty recipes, all featuring fruits and veggies that taste best May to September!
Oh, the peach. The state fruit of Georgia, the fruit so juicy you always need a napkin after, the fruit that tastes great fresh or cooked, paired with sweet or savory items. My mouth is watering just thinking about it! Peaches are in season from late May through September, and are a common favorite at fruit stands and farmers’ markets. Look for firm fruits with unblemished skin; if you can smell them, you know they’re ripe! Recipe-wise, try something new: Salad with Peaches and Prosciutto, Grilled Sirloin Skewers with Peaches and Peppers, or even Peach Ice Cream!
With more than 60 varieties, this member of the mint family tastes best at the height of summer. A great addition to pastas and salads, this versatile herb is best harvested a sunny day – the sun brings out essential oils that wouldn’t otherwise be present! Try turning your fresh basil into a classic Pesto Sauce, great on chicken or with pasta. Or combine it with Mozzarella and Tomato Caprese Salad, the perfect antipasto which is my absolute favorite! If this is on a restaurant menu, I’m sure to order it! Yummy! And I enjoy serving it at home, too. Feeling adventurous? Peach and Basil Shortcake should satisfy your wild side!
Its flesh is so smooth it can spread like butter, and it is so chock full of heart-healthy fats and nutrients that its a popular summer superfood. Not just for guacamole, the avocado pairs well with salads, wraps, and even smoothies! The Tuna Melt with Avocado is great for a summer lunch, while the Grilled Vegetarian Chili with Avocado Salsa is a great vegetarian option at a barbecue. And since I promised you a smoothie, try out the Avocado Smoothie whose lime and basil ingredients give it a nice kick!
These three tasty summer foods should give you a great start on cooking seasonally. We’ll feature more seasonal foods and recipes later this summer! Meanwhile, I’d love for you to share your favorite seasonal recipes here in the comments. Now get cooking!
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