Eating In Season: June

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:

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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

  Sadly this picture is missing the radishes and watercress - two delicious additions to this salad!

Sadly this picture is missing the radishes and watercress - two delicious additions to this salad!

Ingredients:

  • 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

Directions:

  1. Make the dressing by combining the olive oil through salt and pepper.
  2. Wrap each cantaloupe slice in one slice serrano ham (SO GOOD!)
  3. Toss arugula with radishes, lentils and dressing.
  4. Top with ham-wrapped cantaloupe slices.