What’s In Season: July
Happy 4th of July weekend! I’m back at my parent’s house in Connecticut, ready for a weekend of lakeside tanning and graduation parties. Tonight was fajitas and margaritas. Life is great!
Now that the summer has arrived once again and every farmer’s market is out in full-force, I have been thinking more about how cooking is made easier with accessible foods, how excitement can be created using new produce, and how budgets can be tamed by buying in season.
For the new cook (and anyone fearful of doing more to an apple than eating one a day), gaining a little insight into what fruits and vegetables are in season during any month opens huge, amazing, cooking-filled doors. I give you the following reasons:
A) The food just tastes better. Naturally. So even if you could possibly mess up a dish, it will still taste amazing.
B) The food is cheaper! In season veggies are out in abundance, and sellers want to push their products! 12 ears of corn for a dollar? Sign me up!
C) You see things you’ve never seen before. Even the herb section is a smorgasbord of awesome. Did you know there are (at least) 16 varieties of mint? Its such a great opportunity to try something new, have some fun, and get excited about cooking!
So here are the fruits and vegetables in season for July, and some recipes I’ve made with them!
- Basil: Pesto Chicken with Roast Corn and Tomatoes
- Beans: Summer Black Bean Salad
- Eggplant: Eggplant Roll Ups
- Mangoes: Miso, Mango, and Chicken Salad
- Peppers: Mexican Frittata
- Strawberries: Strawberry Tart
- Summer squash
- Tomatoes: Greek Salad
Enjoy the holiday weekend! I seriously can’t wait to eat my weight in corn.