Hello, June 2019!

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Did you know that June is National Fresh Fruit and Vegetable Month and the beginning of the Summer Season provides an abundance of colorful produce to choose from.

Remember the importance of fruits and vegetables to a well-balanced, nutrient dense diet. Fruits and vegetables are nature’s fast food that provide many vitamins, minerals, antioxidants, and fiber for overall good health.

The goal is at least 5-a-day for better health and remember to have a rainbow of delicious colors daily.

As far as the nutrition value of fruits and vegetables. If fresh is not an option at that time, frozen is the next best choice. The 3rd best option is canned fruits and vegetables. Really, it is better to have them any way you can.  Dietitians and nutritionists would like to  see you eating fruits and vegetables. Period. But don’t forget, if you are purchasing canned vegetables, try to get the “no salt added” variety for better health.

So, what fruits and vegetables are in season in June? Among other things, apricots. June stands for sweet apricots. Rich in carotene, apricots promote a natural, safe and quick suntan. If you buy unripe and sour apricots, dice them and season them with salt, extra virgin olive oil and minced fresh mint. A fresh and unusual summer salad you can serve as a starter.

In addition to apricots, here is a list of fruits and vegetables to enjoy during the month of June.

Seasonal Fruits and Vegetables for June

Apricots
Arugula
Asparagus
Beets
Black cherries
Blueberries
Broad beans
Cabbage
Carrots
Celery
Chard
Cherries
Chicory
Cilantro
Corn
Courgettes
Courgette flowers
Cucumbers
Currants
Dandelion greens
Early potatoes
Garlic
Green beans
Gooseberries
Kale
Kiwi
Lettuce
Loquats
Melons
Mulberries
Nectarines
Onions
Peaches
Peas
Plums
Radishes
Raspberries
Rhubarb
Strawberries
Sweet bell peppers
Tomatoes
Watermelons
Yellow squash

 

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Hello, April 2019!

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April is National Grilled Cheese Month and what better way to celebrate then with some grilled cheese sandwiches paired with the Spring produce of the moment.

Cooking with the seasons means choosing fruits and vegetables that are at the peak of freshness and flavor. For the purposes of freshness, April is a fabulous month with many fresh options.

It should be noted that buying locally grown produce is always the best option. Local produce is less likely to be damaged, uses less energy to transport, and ripens more naturally. In fact, when fruits and vegetables have been allowed to ripen on the vine for consumption, it can taste sweeter and have significantly more intense flavor. And, locally sourced produce helps the local economy as well.

Whether your favorite cheese is Gouda, Mozzarella, Provolone, creamy goat cheese or just a plain old slice of Kraft American Cheese, there are a number of fruits and vegetables that can be used creatively in this classic sandwich. You can also use mushrooms. Although Mushrooms are neither a fruit or vegetable, technically, they are not even a plant but a fungus. Yes, a fungus that you eat. Although, they are often classified with vegetables, since, it is definitely not an animal. Chives can also add a nice flavor to grilled cheese. Technically, they are in the onion family but are more often used as an herb more than anything else. Sourdough, wheat, rye brioche and even plain old white bread works as the basic holders for this sandwich. And whether you use butter or mayonnaise to get that perfect crispy crunch, make sure your skillet or grilled press is hot!

This month we will feature a different twist on this iconic sandwich each week. Whatever you like and what ever you choose, you certainly will be delight.

Seasonal Fruits and Vegetables for April

Artichokes
Arugula
Asparagus
Beets
Carrots
Cauliflower
Chicory
Chives
Celery
Cucumbers
Dandelion Greens
Fava beans
Fiddleheads
Horseradish
Leeks
Lettuce
Limes
Morel Mushrooms
Oranges
Papaya
Parsnips
Peas
Ramps
Rhubarb
Scallions
Spinach
Shallots
Strawberries
Sweet Onions
Turnips
Watercress

 


Hello, March 2019!

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Even though it is Carnival Season around the world and Mardi Parades are in full swing in New Orleans, it’s time for the seasonal produce guide for March.This year, according to the calendar, Spring will begin on March 20, 2019. And very soon the home gardens and large farms will be sprouting, growing and producing more local produce that will begin to show up in your local farmer’s markets. Peas and lettuce greens will be in abundance as well as asparagus, artichokes, and several varieties of citrus fruits.

It is the perfect time to “Spring Clean”, your diet.

Seasonal Fruits and Vegetables for March:

Artichokes
Asparagus
Avocado
Broccoli
Brussels Sprouts
Cabbage
Carrots
Cauliflower
Chicory
Chives
Collard Greens
Endive
Garlic
Guava
Grapefruit
Kale
Kiwifruit
Kumquats
Leeks
Lemons
Lettuce Greens
Limes
Mint
Mushrooms
Onions
Oranges
Parsley
Parsnips
Peas
Potatoes
Radishes
Rhubarb
Rutabaga
Spinach
Strawberries
Sweet Potatoes
Swiss Chard
Tangerines
Turnips
Walnuts