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Your Ultimate Guide to Summer Produce

Netanya Rommel

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Jul 7th, 2017

summer produce- peaches

The days of camping, grilling and sunshine are finally here! Along with all the fun activities, summer also welcomes delicious, seasonal produce. From sweet corn to ripe, juicy tomatoes and herbs, summer has plenty to offer. The list below gives you the inside scoop on what’s in season this summer, plus some ways to prepare and store your seasonal finds. 

Avocados

avocado bowl

How to store: Store them at room temperature. To speed up ripening, place hard avocados in a paper bag. When the avocado yields to gentle pressure, it is ripe! 

Fresh ways to cook: Drizzle with olive oil and lime juice, make a guacamole dip, or recreate this healthy Cottage Cheese Avocado Bowl.

Corn

black bean and roasted corn salsa

How to store: Cook and serve corn the day you buy it, if possible. You can also refrigerate it for a day or two before preparing, if necessary. Keep the husks on until ready to cook.

Fresh ways to cook: Add corn to salads, grill it and eat with butter and salt or try this delicious recipe for Black Bean and Roasted Corn Salsa.

Cucumbers

Spicy Lamb Taco with Cucumber Salsa

How to store: Keep your cucumbers tightly wrapped to avoid drying out. You can store them in your refrigerator for up to 10 days. 

Fresh ways to cook: Add cucumbers to lemon detox water, pickle them for a nice addition to any dish or try this Spicy Lamb Tacos with Cucumber Salsa recipe. 

Tomatoes

Low Carb Grilled Mexican Pizza

How to store: Store tomatoes upside down at room temperature, out of direct sunlight. Never refrigerate, as this will affect the flavor. 

Fresh ways to cook: Toss tomatoes in a pasta salad, roast with a little olive oil and salt or add as a topping in this recipe for Low-Carb Grilled Mexican “Pizza.” 

Watermelon

Watermelon Basil Salad

How to store: Store cut watermelons in the refrigerator– be sure to wrap it tightly in saran wrap before refrigerating. 

Fresh ways to cook: Enjoy watermelon as a snack, add it to smoothies or try this Watermelon-Basil Salad. 

Stone Fruits

Peach sundae

How to store: Leave stone fruits out at room temperature for a day or two to ripen. Once ripe, store stone fruits in the refrigerator in the crisper drawer, uncovered and unwashed, for up to five days. 

Fresh ways to cook: Add stone fruit to summer salads, use in sangria or make this wonderful Grilled Peach Sundae.

Summer Squash

Zucchini Hash Browns

How to store: Store summer squash in a perforated plastic bag in the crisper drawer of your refrigerator for no more than four days. 

Fresh ways to cook: Grill it, bake into breads and cakes, or make into delicious hash browns with this recipe for Zucchini Hash Browns

Enjoy all the produce summer has to offer! For more summer menu inspiration, check out our Pinterest page

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