Summer Produce Takes Center Stage

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With summer just around the corner, chances are you are firing up your grill and gearing up for backyard barbeques. If you want to make a splash this summer dining season, fix your focus on fruit.

Summer means peak season for lots of fruits (and veggies too!). For your next get together, why not gather up what’s fresh and in season? Check your local markets for apricots, blueberries, blackberries, bell peppers, melons (cantaloupe, watermelon, honeydew), corn, cucumber, eggplant, green beans, nectarines, strawberries, summer squash, raspberries, peaches, plums, radishes, tomatoes, and zucchini.

Eating a variety of these foods will not only provide you with great sources of vitamins, minerals, fiber, and phytonutrients, it will also add some festive colors to your plate.

Here are some ideas on how to incorporate seasonal produce into both sweet and savory dishes:

  • Corn and summer veggie sauté
  • Cucumber salad
  • Fruit kebabs with melon
  • Summer squash pizza
  • Stone fruit salad
  • Summer veggie omelet
  • Fruit smoothie with berries
  • Pasta with tomato and eggplant
  • Frozen melon pops
  • Tomato and corn salsa
  • Peach ice cream
  • Chicken with blueberry sauce
  • Zucchini muffins
  • Water infused with strawberry and mint

For more creative fruit and vegetable ideas check out Fruits & Veggies More Matters.

Special thanks to dietetic intern Megan Fobar, MS for her contributions to this post.

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