It's June! Can you believe it? Summer brings some of the best produce and local in-season food packs the best punch. Now admittedly, I haven't made it to a farmer's market this season. BUT! I've seen some delicious produce pop up in grocery stores and it makes me so happy.
Why eat local and in-season? Here's a few advantages of local/in-season produce:
- It's more nutrient-dense and flavorful since it's harvested right at peak time, allowing optimal nutrients.
- Conversely, produce shipped from far away is picked before peak ripening and is not allowed to fully develop.
- Local produce has less travel time, preserving nutrients.
- Produce that has to be stored and shipped loses nutrients in transport.
- Produce shipped from far away often used artificial means to ripen fruit.
Whether it's a farmer's market or grocery store, it's time to take advantage - here's what to look for this month:
Summer produce makes great snacks! Throw some berries or fruit in a container and take it to the pool or beach. And if you're looking for a lighter summer recipe, here's a delicious salad that incorporates some in-season goodies.
June Summer Salad
- 2 cups Arugula
- 2 radishes, sliced thin
- 3/4 cup cooked lentils
- 1/2 cantaloupe sliced
- 6-8 slices serrano ham
- 4 tbsp olive oil
- 2 tbsp apple cider vinegar
- 2 tsp Dijon mustard
- 1 tsp maple syrup or honey
- Salt and pepper to taste
- Make the dressing by combining the olive oil through salt and pepper.
- Wrap each cantaloupe slice in one slice serrano ham (SO GOOD!)
- Toss arugula with radishes, lentils and dressing.
- Top with ham-wrapped cantaloupe slices.