Monday, August 7, 2017

10 surprising foods in season during summer

By Katy Galimberti, AccuWeather staff writer 
 Each season offers a new array of produce thanks to the change in climate that offers optimal growing conditions for various foods.
This week (Aug. 6-12) is National Farmers Market Week, a perfect time to head out and find some new and interesting foods to bring into your summer routine.
In the summer, we all look forward to juicy watermelon, fresh melon and ripe tomatoes. But there are plenty of other foods that peak during the warmer months.
Incorporating seasonal food into a diet has numerous benefits, including nutritional value.
"Seasonal produce will have more flavor than those items out of season and has more phyto-nutrient content which helps fight infections and increases your immune system's ability to protect you," said Darlene Wolnik, senior researcher for the Farmers Market Coalition.
One of the best ways to source fresh, seasonal produce is by shopping at farmers markets.
Ditch the plastic: How a zero-waste advocate fits years' worth of trash in a mason jar
Is your water bottle the perfect host for germs?
5 low-maintenance plants that can purify the air in your home, office

"Interestingly, market vendors often have the best deals at the peak of season when the item is the most flavorful, as this is when they are picking almost daily and need to sell a lot more of it," Wolnik said.
According to the Farmers Market Coalition, here are 10 foods not to be missed out on during the summer:
10. Spaghetti squash
While squash might seem like a fall food, spaghetti squash is at its peak in the summer, according to Northeast growers.
9. Lima beans
Packed with fiber, Lima beans are in their prime during the summer, especially when harvested in the Northeast.
8. Ground cherries
ground cherry
(Photo/izhairguns/iStock/Getty Images Plus)

Also known as husk cherries, these sweet fruits look like an orange cherry tomato, but taste sweet. These special berries grow in particularly warm climates, making summer the best time to give them a try.
7. Carrots
Carrots grow their best from May to November, according to registered dietitian Grace Derocha.
6. Figs
California growers say summer is the best season for figs, specifically the Kadota, Tiger and Tina fig.
5. Dragon fruit
dragon fruit
(Photo/enviromantic/iStock/Getty Images Plus)

A colorful and unconventional fruit, this tropical delicacy is best during the warm summer months, California farmers say.
4. Blood oranges
This natural mutation of the orange receives its namesake due to the red color the fruit's "flesh" develops.
3. Gooseberries
A tart fruit, these are at optimal taste during the summer.
2. Beets
Beets have a wide range of use and are in season during the warmer months.
1. Basil
Basil is very sensitive to cold, so it can be found locally during the summer.

No comments:

Post a Comment