Posted on Monday, August 4th, 2014 at 7:00 am
What fruits and vegetables are in season during the month of August? Some of them are the same as what was fresh in July. Others are new for August, and may overlap into September. Either way, the trick is to purchase produce when it is in season and at its freshest. Produce that is in season tastes great and is at its lowest prices of the year. Here is a quick review of the fruits and vegetables that are in season in August.
August is your last chance to enjoy your favorite summer fruits while they are still in season. This is especially true when it comes to berries. Now is a good time to make some blueberry pancakes or muffins with fresh blueberries. Add some strawberries to a salad while they are still nice and ripe. Blackberries, raspberries and boysenberries are also in season this month.
Beyond the berries, there are more fruits and vegetables that you should enjoy now, before they are out of season. Watermelon and cantaloupe are good choices for a quick dessert on hot summer days. Add fresh cucumber slices to a glass of water to give it an even more refreshing taste. Make a mango salsa to put on top of fish tacos.
Summer squash makes a nice side dish for dinner. We are heading into the last few weeks where the weather will be warm enough for some backyard barbeques. Take advantage of it by grilling some fresh corn (along with some burgers). Both tomatoes and onions are in season this month. Each of them make a nice topping on a grilled hamburger.
Need some healthy snacks for back-to-school lunches? Carrots are in season right now. Buy some baby carrots or cut larger carrots into “coins” to make them more interesting to eat. Fuji apples are at their freshest in August. You could also pack some fresh strawberries into a lunch or substitute an navel orange for the Fuji apples. Switching things up prevents lunch from getting boring.
One of the really interesting things about the produce that is in season during August is that it is a mix of both summer and fall favorites. Pumpkin is in season right now. Those of you who love it can go ahead and start using it in baked goods and beverages. Potatoes, a favorite vegetable for almost everyone, are also in season now.