Produce that is in-season is more abundant and will be picked at its peak freshness.
Locally bought fruits & veggies give you the best of what any season has to offer! You see, buying local is a win for everyone because it reduces your carbon footprint, you get to eat deliciously fresh food while supporting smaller businesses and your local economy in the process. I personally love that local produce doesn’t go through intense processing before it gets to my plate, a far healthier way to go. An added bonus is that you will very likely get your seasonal produce at a lower price than any other time of year, enabling you to stretch your dollar further, especially if you preserve and freeze to use these foods throughout the year.
Introducing 4 seasonal ingredients offered to us by the magnificent month of June – and why they should be in your kitchen, on your plate, and best of all, in your mouth!
You’re probably well acquainted with rhubarb thanks to the delicious, notorious Strawberry Rhubarb Pie. And who doesn’t remember, especially as a kid, dipping a fresh rhubarb stalk in a bit of sugar… Mmmmm!
The rhubarb plant is tart and stalky, and most often used to bring flavor and balance to sweet desserts. Rhubarb is high in Vitamin C, calcium and potassium making it a nutritious dessert fruit. However! Never eat the leaves, they are very poisonous. You can take advantage of this seasonal plant by making crumbles and pies, these desserts freeze well so you can enjoy them all summer long.
This highly regarded mushroom is much appreciated by food-enthusiasts worldwide as they can only be obtained wild, from their natural environment. They are not farmed like most grocery store mushrooms. These fungi, which are honeycomb-shaped, are packed with B-Vitamins, iron, antioxidants and Vitamin D. You need to clean morel mushrooms very well before using them on account of their spongy texture. They taste truly amazing sautéed in oil or butter, and make the ideal earthy side dish for any of your spring dinners.
Asparagus can be found anywhere when its in season, so grab the opportunity to stock-up on this super food. Asparagus is rich in plenty of nutrients including chromium, folate and Vitamins A, C, E, K. Asparagus also contains liver supportive elements including glutathione which helps breakdown free radicals, carcinogens and antioxidants. Add asparagus to a stir-fry, or try it grilled or roasted.
This root vegetable is found in various colors, sizes and shapes. Radishes are rich in potassium and Vitamin C and offer a refreshing alternative to winter root vegetables. They can be enjoyed roasted, grilled, pickled, fermented in homemade kimchi, sliced into a fresh salad or simply enjoyed raw with a side dip of hummus.
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