As a family who buys lots of fresh produce every week, we like to keep up with what is in season each month when planning meals. The main reasons we do this are to save money and because of the taste. I wanted to begin a series of posts that highlight what is in season and some great recipes to help you plan meals around those ingredients.
Because produce that is currently in season tends to be in abundance, it usually is less expensive. There are larger quantities available and it makes sense for sellers to reduce prices to sell through their supply. Eating real food can be expensive, so lower grocery bills makes us very happy.
As parents, when we introduce new foods to our son that are in season, he seems to be more likely to enjoy them more than when they are out of season. I believe that has a lot to do with the fact that seasonal produce simply tastes better. You are usually enjoying it much closer to the time it was actually harvested which makes a big difference in taste and nutrient content.
When you lose the convenience of packaged, processed food on a real food diet, you might as well make up for it with freshness and flavor!
For anyone eating more real food, saving money while getting a fresher, more nutritious product is a serious win. By focusing on what is in season, it helps us branch out and try new dishes we’ve never made before and also new ingredients that we may not be as familiar with.
Curious what is in season in June? Apricots, Asparagus, Avocados, Basil, Beets, Carrots, Cherries, Cilantro, Fennel, Green Onions, Limes, Mango, Peaches, Radishes, Rhubarb, Spinach, Strawberries and Zucchini.
This list may vary from state to state, but is fairly inclusive of all regions.
Continue reading for 175+ recipes using these ingredients and make sure to scroll to the bottom for recipes that are doing double and triple duty, using multiple ingredients on this list for the biggest bang for your buck.