By Team Best Life
Nothing says summer like a garden full of fresh vegetables or a farmers market bursting with juicy, in-season fruit. It’s hard to beat the taste of a just-picked sweet tomato or a fragrant strawberry. Whether you eat them plain or toss them into a favorite dish, they’re sure to be a real crowd-pleaser.
Ready to kick off the summer? Try one of our four favorite June produce picks:
Broccoli. If you grow your own in a garden, you’ll likely start to see small heads soon. For a more tender and mild taste, try to harvest the heads and leaves before they grow too large. Don’t have a green thumb? Look for small heads of broccoli at your local farmers’ market early in the season. Use them to whip up this Fresh Broccoli Salad, which makes for a healthy barbecue side dish.
Raspberries. You can get most berries year-round, but early season raspberries are especially delicious. Look for black raspberries, which are available in many parts of the country in June. In this Raspberry Pistachio Chicken, they make a tasty topping.
Strawberries. Like raspberries, you can buy strawberries in the dead of winter, but nothing comes close to the taste of summer strawberries. You can eat them as a snack, add them to salads (as in this Strawberry Salad with Balsamic Dressing), use them in smoothies (frozen berries also work well), add them to your yogurt or cereal or enjoy them for dessert.
Tomatoes. Tired of those mushy, mealy winter tomatoes? Get ready to bite into a firm yet sweet and juicy summer tomato! Try growing your own—cherry and mini pearl varieties are easy. Or, experiment with different kinds at the grocery store or farmers market. Use them to whip up this delicious Balsamic Tomato and Roasted Red Pepper Salad.
What’s your favorite summer fruit or vegetable?
June 17th, 2014