I hope you have enjoyed all the content covered so far! With it being summertime and the temperatures rising, we decided to do a special highlight on what fruits and vegetables are in season. I was glad to talk with those who attended the Zoom meeting last night! Here is some of the information we discussed.
What does it mean to be “in season”?
We often hear the term that a specific fruit or vegetable is best eaten when in season. But what does this actually mean? Seasonal produce is purchased and eaten around the time it is harvested. This time period varies on the type of fruit or vegetable.
Why eat produce that is in season?
The most common reason to eat produce that is in season is because of the taste! Your watermelon taste sweeter during the summer as well as a lot of other fruits. When they are purchased in season, the time from the farm to the grocery store is a lot shorter or if you are buying locally is a lot quicker. This gives little to no time for the produce to wilt or become bad. Majority of the time produce eaten in season has more nutrients (our favorite part)! Fruits and vegetables that are purchased in season do not have to be processed or preserved.
What is in season:
Depending on where you live as well as the month, different fruits and vegetables are considered to be in season. Below is a list of North Carolina’s most famous is season produce items for the month of July:
You can find more information about seasonal food here!
Seasonal Vegetable Highlight: Sweet Potatoes!
Sweet potatoes are a great example of a nutritious and delicious summer vegetable! They are high in vitamin A, vitamin C and potassium! They also contain insoluble and soluble fiber which helps promote a healthy gut.
Recipe: Baked Sweet Potato Chips
- Sweet potatoes
- Olive oil
- Wash sweet potatoes with vegetable brush under running sink water.
- Preheat oven to 325F.
- Slice sweet potatoes using a vegetable slicer or kitchen knife into thin slices.
- Use large bowl and fill bottom with light coat of olive oil. Throw potato slices in bowl and mix until well coated.
- Line baking sheet with parchment paper.
- Place potato slices spaced evenly on the parchment paper. Lightly sprinkle salt over potato slices.
- Bake for 20-25 minutes until crispy and golden brown around the edges!
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