Hunting for the best fruits and vegetables
BY ELIZABETH CHAPA
ARTS AND ENTERTAINMENT EDITOR
Nothing is better than having fresh fruit and vegetables to make a delicious, nutritious meal with. Spring and summer are finally approaching to invite farmers markets selling local grown, in season fruits and vegetables to open for business.
Most fruits are usually in season earlier than vegetables. Fruits that will be in season this summer/late spring include many berries, such as blackberries, blueberries, raspberries, boysenberries and strawberries. Other fruits include cherries, kiwi, peaches, nectarines, apricots and mangoes. Watermelon and peaches are in season, but will be at its prime towards the end of the summer.
Vegetables that will be in season include arugula, cucumber, rhubarb, zucchini, peas and summer squash. Majority of the vegetables are in season in the later months, the list of in season produce are usually harvested up to the early transition of the fall months.
Once one has all this fresh produce at home, they may need a few ideas as to how to make the most of the fruits and vegetables.
Two quick, easy ways to use the fruits would be to cut up some fruit and make a fruit salad or buy a variety of berries and make a berry mix, which is the perfect breakfast or a mid day snack. The second quick way is to make a refreshing smoothie, accompanied by ice and yogurt.
Why not venture to try baking a pie using the fruits. The use of the fresh fruits will make a huge difference in taste. Consider using peaches, apricots or cherries as a pie filling.
As for the vegetables, since cucumbers are in season, try a cucumber salad; it is one of the most refreshing side dishes to eat in the summer. There are a variety of ways to make a cucumber salad, so put a twist to it and risk making your own recipe, whether it be adding different spices or just simply combining it with different vegetables.
Keep in mind that all of these fruits and vegetables can be found year round, but if they are out of season, they will be more expensive and not as tasty. Take advantage of what the earth offers during these seasons. The prime location to buy produce in the summer is at farmers markets. They are all around the area, not only do they have affordable prices, but they also a great way to support the local economy.