By Isadora Baum
Summertime is unofficially here, and with it so many fruits and veggies. This is our favorite time to go the the farmers market, but it can also be the most overwhelming. So many fruits and veggies! What should you get? And what should you do with your haul when you get home? Here are 5 fruits and veggies that are in season right now — and how to turn them into something delicious.
Sweet and tart cherries have different, but overlapping seasons, but you should be able to find both right now. Either way, cherries naturally contain melatonin, which can help you get a better night’s sleep. Also, says Kelly Jones, MS, RD, CSSD, LDN, “cherries are rich in antioxidants that support heart health and muscle recovery from intense exercise.” So, why not whiz them up into a post-workout smoothie?
Get a recipe: Almond Cherry Smoothie from Ambitious Kitchen
Rich in vitamin C, with more than 100% of your daily needs in just one serving, strawberries are also packed with fiber and antioxidants. If you can stop yourself from eating them out of hand, try one (or more!) of these sweet and savory strawberry recipes. We can’t stop drooling.
Get a recipe: Roasted Strawberry Ricotta Toast from Healthy Little Vittles
Asparagus is on its way out right now, so grab a bunch or two while it’s still in season. A good source of vitamin C, vitamin A and folate, as well as flavonoids, asparagus is great for your heart, skin, and immune system, says Jones.
So, how should you cook it? Here are three super-simple ways.
Snap peas are an excellent source of vitamin C and vitamin K, while snow peas are super high in iron and manganese. Both are delicious in lightened up pasta recipes, like this one from What’s Gaby Cooking.
Get a recipe: Spring Pea Pasta with Burrata from What’s Gaby Cooking
5. New Potatoes
Like other varieties of potatoes, new potatoes are an excellent source of vitamin C and potassium. “They are also a good source of vitamin B6, and they provide fiber as well as 3 grams of protein, per serving to fill you up,” Jones adds. We love them in potato salads or grilled in foil packets.
Get a recipe: Foil Pack Grilled Potatoes from Fit Foodies Finds