Summer is right around the corner.
And with the abundance of sunshine comes the juiciest of fruits filling your local grocery stores and farmer’s markets.
Ever notice that big juicy watermelon seems to be an iconic symbol of summer? Because watermelon is a summer fruit! Buying fruit that is in season means buying fruit during the times of year that offer optimal conditions for the fruit to grow.
When fruit is in season also happens to be when it is the cheapest and the freshest on the market. So not only will you be saving a few bucks, but you’ll be enjoying the freshest produce nature has to offer. Here’s a list of some fruits that are in season during the summer, and a few ideas on how to incorporate them into your summer days.
Packed with vitamin A, C and fiber, mangoes are peaking during these summer months. You can:
Not sure how to cut up a tricky mango? You can learn the best way to do it here.
Rich in antioxidants and vitamin C, strawberries make the perfect addition to lots of summer scenarios, including:
- Topping a salad
- Making this awesome almond-strawberry chia seed pudding
- Keeping it simple and enjoying them washed and cut with Cool Whip (yum!)
At 92% water (according to watermelon.org), this is the perfect treat to help keep you hydrated during the summer months.
- Enjoy this watermelon cooler smoothie.
- Try one of those infamous watermelon and feta salads to really tease your taste buds.
I’ve recently become a fan of these little guys. Figs soften if left at room temperature, but they will not sweeten, so seek out ripe ones; they’ll feel plump, tender, and heavy for their size, and smell like honey at the stem, and stickiness will indicate overripeness.
- I’ve been putting dry figs in my smoothies, if you’re a fan of fig newtons, this one’s for you.
- I’ve also seen figs put on top of pizza! Really push your cooking skills and check that one out here.
- Blackberries have a sweet, tart flavor, making them a perfect addition to salads or fruit smoothies.
- Try these blackberry cheesecake bites
- Cool down with these 4-ingredient blackberry-rose pops.
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