June in Season Fruits and Vegetables
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June in Season Fruits and Vegetables

Posted on Monday, June 9th, 2014 at 7:00 am
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Strawberry WaterJune is National Fruit and Vegetable Month. Now is a good time to add more fruits and vegetables into your diet. Start with the ones that are in season during the month of June. Produce that is in season typically is at its lowest price of the entire year!

The Huffington Post points out five produce “superstars” that reach their peak season in June.

* Cherries – low calorie and contain antioxidants, lycopene, fiber and vitamin C
* Cucumber – 96% water and contains vitamins A, C, K and magnesium and potassium
* Okra – good source of fiber and vitamins A, B6, C and K and calcium and magnesium
* Papaya – one medium papaya contains nearly 70% of your daily recommended intake of vitamin A (and 3 times your intake of vitamin C).
* Plums – rich in vitamins A, C, and K and also a good source of fiber

Woman’s Day has put together a short list of fruits and vegetables that are in season in June.

* Apricots
* Blueberries
* Cherries
* Kiwi
* Peaches
* Nectarines
* Strawberries
* Watermelon

* Beets
* Corn
* Green Beans
* Peas
* Yellow Squash

The Vedge has a list of produce that is in season in North America. It includes everything from the Woman’s Day list, and adds some more.

* Blackberries
* Cantaloupe
* Figs
* Lemons
* Passionfruit
* Pineapple
* Plums

* Arugula
* Bell Peppers
* Carrots
* Cucumber
* Kohlrabi
* Lettuce and Salad Leaves
* Radishes
* Spinach
* Zucchini

The Vedge also has a separate list of the produce that is in season in June for the UK and another list for Australia. All three lists are posted on the same page (and clearly marked).

Would you like to find in season produce that is more specific to where you live? Epicurious has a Seasonal Ingredient Map. It is interactive.

Scroll through the bar at the top to select a month (it is currently set for June). Click on your state. A short list of in season produce will appear along with a link to a description of that ingredient and a link to recipes and cooking tips for that particular type of produce.

This month, start adding some slices of banana to your cereal. Toss chunks of freshly cut apple into some oatmeal. Grill some ears of corn on the barbecue for dinner. Throw together a salad with lettuce leaves or spinach, and add some strawberries. These are just a few ideas of what you can do with the June fruits and vegetables.

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