What’s in Season?

One of the greatest things about summer is the healthy and delicious produce that’s in season. In fact, so many fruits and vegetables are in season that June is designated National Fresh Fruit and Vegetables Month.

In June, you can enjoy your produce with full flavor and the proper pop or crispness that nature intended.

Plump blueberries, juicy watermelons, and ripe peaches, are just a few of the fruits that are in season during the summer months. Here are a few more fruits that you should look to buy fresh:

  • Apricots
  • Blackberries
  • Cantaloupe
  • Cherries
  • Grapefruit
  • Grapes
  • Honeydew
  • Plums
  • Raspberries
  • Strawberries
  • Tomatoes

Fresh fruit is sweet and delicious, but you can’t forget the vegetables. The crispness of a sugar snap pea or the refreshing taste of a cool cucumber is a staple of a summer table. Here are some other veggies that are in season:

  • Beets
  • Bell Peppers
  • Corn
  • Green Beans
  • Lettuce
  • Spinach
  • Squash
  • Zucchini

Eating plenty of fruits and vegetables is an essential part of a healthy diet. The serving size that you need varies depending on your age gender, and activity level. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention provides a nice calculator than can help you figure out just how many servings you need.

Fruit has tons of essential vitamins, nutrients, and dietary fibers that your body needs in order to be healthy. According to the USDA, fruit can reduce the risk of heart disease, cancer, diabetes, and improve overall health.

Like fruit, vegetables are naturally low in fat, have no cholesterol, and are high in nutrients. The USDA says that vegetables also reduce a person’s risk of heart disease, cancer, and diabetes.

It’s easier to get in the habit of eating healthy when the food tastes good, and it’s hard to beat the taste of fresh produce. Make fruits and vegetables a part of your diet now so you will continue eating them year-round.