Your Guide to Seasonal Summer Produce

There’s nothing quite like the flavor of fresh, seasonal produce, and summer is the season to get the most abundant supply. If you don’t have local farmer’s markets to shop, it’s helpful to know what’s in season when you head to the grocery store. Cost is usually a good indicator (the lower the price, the likelier it is in season), but that’s not always foolproof. Here’s a list of what’s in season this summer (in North America). Look it over, print it out, or tuck it in your purse, but above all, enjoy the season’s bounty!

Summer Fruits and Vegetables

• Apples
• Artichokes
• Asian pears
• Asparagus
• Avocados
• Beets
• Blackberries
• Blueberries
• Bok choy
• Boysenberries
• Broccoli
• Broccoli rabe
• Cabbage
• Carrots
• Cauliflower
• Celery
• Cherries
• Collards
• Corn
• Cucumbers
• Eggplant
• Endive
• Fava beans
• Fennel
• Figs
• Grapefruit
• Grapes
• Green beans
• Herbs
• Jicama
• Kale
• Kumquats
• Leeks
• Lemons
• Lettuce
• Limes
• Melons
• Mushrooms
• Mustard greens
• Nectarines
• Okra
• Peaches
• Pears
• Peas
• Peppers
• Plums
• Radishes
• Raspberries
• Rhubarb
• Scallions
• Shallots
• Spinach
• Squash
• Strawberries
• Tomatoes
• Turnips

Check back later this week for recipe ideas featuring some of my favorite fresh fruits and vegetables!

5 New Uses for 2 Kitchen Items

Don’t you love it when you come across a clever new use for something? I’ve collected this handful of ideas and am excited to share them with you. If you’re like me, you’ll never look at your ice cube tray or muffin tin the same way!

Fill an ice cube tray with melted chocolate, then insert strawberries. Allow to set for a few minutes, then invert onto a plate and allow to cool completely before removing the tray.

Freeze cookie dough in individual portions using an ice cube tray. Fill with cookie dough, cover with plastic wrap, then freeze for at least an hour before popping the individual portions out of the tray and transferring them to a plastic bag for easy freezing. They’re ready to go directly from freezer to oven!

Use a muffin tin as a condiment tray at your next cookout. It’s the perfect portion size and keeps things neat.

When serving ice cream at a party, save time by pre-scooping ice cream and storing it in muffin tins. Perfect scoops are ready to go as soon as the cake is cut!

Warm taco shells on an inverted muffin tin in the oven, then fill them and serve them, keeping them steady and upright all the while.

Have any other great ideas? Share them in the comments section.

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