How to Eat Seasonally This Summer

How to Eat Seasonally This Summer

With summer approaching, you’ll find plenty of sunshine, warm temperatures, and farmer’s markets packed to the gills with fresh, seasonal produce. Not sure what to look for? Use this guide below to get started!

Stone Fruit

Fresh fruit like peaches, plums, apricots, and cherries are in abundance through summer and early fall months, typically beginning in late May and running through early October, depending on the climate. They’re packed with antioxidants which protect your cells from damage and help reduce inflammation, along with vitamins that can help boost your immune system. You can enjoy fresh fruit in desserts, of course, but many stone fruits can be used in savory dishes, too!

Peppers

From mild bell peppers to hot habaneros, peppers grow rapidly in the summer months due to the heat and sunshine. When shopping for peppers, be sure to select produce that has firm, shiny skin and feel heavier than they look. Peppers are versatile and can be used in salsas, grilled over an open flame, or stuffed with rice and aromatics for a filling vegetarian dinner. Whether you find them at the grocery store or the farmer’s market, these veggies will be full of vitamin C and other nutrients to keep you and your family healthy.

Cucumbers

Not only are cucumbers in season during summer, they’re also often one of the cheapest produce options at the farmer’s market. They’re great for hydration due to their high water content, and their high nutrient content will deliver numerous vitamins and minerals to your table. Replace your usual chips with cucumbers for dipping in salsa, hummus, or other sauces. Slice them up for salads, both with lettuce and on their own. You can also use cucumber slices as a cooling eye mask to help reduce inflammation. When shopping for cucumbers, seek out firm produce with dark green skin.

Tomatoes

One of summer’s greatest gifts is a vine-ripened tomato still warm from the sun. With so many varieties available, you’ll have options from small, sweet cherry tomatoes to large, heirloom options bigger than your hand! Use smaller tomatoes in salads, roast them on the grill, or enjoy as a simple snack. Larger varieties are great for tomato sandwiches, caprese salad, and homemade salsa. Tomatoes are known for their high levels of vitamin C, which can help reduce the risk of heart disease and cancer.

When buying to eat seasonally, take the time to find produce that’s local to you, as well. Shopping at local purveyors and farm stands, and picking your own produce at nearby orchards helps support your neighbors as well as provides the healthiest, most affordable options for you and your family. For more money-saving tips, visit our WalletWorks page.

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