Summer seems to have gone by so fast! It is not over yet, but shorter, cooler days are approaching. Now is the time to indulge in all your favorite summer fruits, try that new fresh dish you've been meaning to make all summer, and to finally take that afternoon off for a picnic! The beautiful days and nights of summer are still here, and so are all your summer produce favorites. Enjoy them to their fullest!
These fragile peach-like fruits, with their perfumed aroma and ultra-sweet flavor, contain impressive amounts of beta-carotene. They are also a fair source of potassium, and supply a good amount of fiber.
Avocados are commonly thought of as vegetables, but they are actually fruits. These delicious creamy fruits are known to be high in fat, however, keep in mind that it is a healthful fat. They add a creamy mellow flavor and texture that complements a wide variety of dishes.
Sweet, juicy cherries are one of summer's best treats. There are several delicious varieties to choose from, the most popular being the Bing, the Lambert, and the Rainier. Bing cherries are large, round, extra-sweet with purple-red flesh and a deep red skin that verges on black when fully ripe. Lambert cherries are a smaller, heart-shaped red cherry similar in taste and texture to the Bing. Rainier cherries have golden yellow flesh and skin with blushing rosy overtones, and they have a flavor that is sweeter more mellow than the Bing. The month of August is generally summer's last opportunity for fresh cherries, so enjoy them while you can.
Try this beautiful purple vegetable marinated and grilled on spring greens with your favorite vinaigrette, or with basil, provolone, and roasted red peppers on crispy Italian bread. Choose a firm, smooth-skinned eggplant that is heavy for its size; avoid those with soft or brown spots.
Super nutritious, with a clean flavor that is tart, yet sweet, pink grapefruits make a great snack. They are also excellent paired with many varieties of fish, and are great for added zing in salads.The three major types of grapefruit include white, pink/red and Star Ruby/Rio Red. Each variety has it's own unique flavor nuances, but they all have a clean refreshing, sweet-tart flavor. Grapefruits are traditionally halved, then eaten with a spoon, but they can also be peeled or sliced and eaten like an orange. Grapefruits are excellent paired with many varieties of fish, and are great for added zing in salads.
The Bartlett is the leading summer pear and the most popular variety. Large and juicy, a ripening Bartlett turns from dark green to golden yellow, often with a rosy blush.
A wonderful combination of tangy taste and crunchy texture, bell peppers are the Christmas ornaments of the vegetable world with their beautifully shaped glossy exterior that comes in a wide array of vivid colors ranging from green, red, yellow, orange, purple, brown to black. Although peppers are available throughout the year, they are most abundant and tasty during the months of August and September.
The Pluot is flavorful cross between a plum and an apricot. It is quickly becoming a favorite summer fruit. For anyone who loves all the soft stone fruits of summer, this one is a must-try!
Swiss chard is a good source of beta-carotene and dietary fiber. Also known as chard, these greens come from a variety of beet grown for its stems and leaves, not its root; their distinctive flavor is akin to (but milder than) that of beet greens. The dark green leaves are wider and flatter than beet greens, and they have a full-bodied texture.