18 Fresh Vegetables and Fruits for Summer

Whether you’re sipping bellinis on the beach, floating in the pool, or relaxing under the sun in your backyard, here are 18 delicious summer fresh vegetables and fruits to eat and why they’re so good.

Importance of Seasonal Eating

Fruits and vegetables lose essential nutrients immediately after they are picked.  As the produce travels from the farm, to the grocery store, to your house, and finally ends up on your plate, the produce can lose up to 45% of its essential nutrients.

Seasonal eating is the best way to reduce the travel time from farm to plate and maximizes the nutrients extracted from each bite.

Change your meals with the seasons, focus on fresh vegetables and fruits, and give your body the nutrition it needs to derive natural energy.

Summer Vegetables

Beets

Can be used to make chocolate cake and wine, similar to port.  Now you can have your cake and eat your vegetables too!

Roasted Beets and Carrots
Tomatoes

Grown in a variety of colors, tomatoes can be green, yellow, orange, pink, black, brown, white, and purple.

Bell Peppers

Surprisingly, peppers are actually fruits because they contain seeds and are produced from a flowering plant.

Colorful Bell Peppers
Cucumbers

Will cool you down and keep you hydrated.  Cucumbers contain 95% water.

Cabbage

There are over 100 varieties of cabbage around the world; the most common ones being green and red cabbage.

Pressure Cooker Cabbage
Eggplant

Thomas Jefferson first introduced eggplants to America and are related to tomatoes and peppers.

Green Beans

One of the fastest growing vegetables, green beans can be harvested after about 50 days – from planted seed to dinner plate.

Venison Steak with Green Beans and Baked Eggplant
Summer Squash

The entire squash plant is edible, including the leaves, shoots, stems, flowers and seeds.

Summer Fruits

Berries

The darker color indicates higher antioxidant levels.  Berries are well-known for lowing the risk of many forms of cancer.

Berries are part of the rose family; so when you stop and smell the roses…you can eat them too.

Dairy-Free Chocolate Pecan Ice Cream with Strawberries
Cherries

Don’t pigeonhole cherries to sweet treats.  Pair them with sage, chives or verbena and serve them with pork or beef for a satisfying, savory meal.

Grapes

The color of the grape influences the flavors.  Darker colors tend to be sweeter and lighter colors tend to be more tart.  Mix the two together for the best of both worlds.

Fresh Green Grapes
Watermelon

As the essential summer fruit, watermelons contain electrolytes that help keep us hydrated and our bodies free from toxins.

Grapefruit

Most commonly known as a breakfast food.  The sweet and tart grapefruit flavor can brighten everything from ice cream to fish tacos.

Fresh Grapefruit
Apricots

At just under 20 calories each, apricots are an excellent source of Vitamins A and C.

Peaches

There are over 700 varieties of peaches in the world, including nectarines, which are actually peaches without the fuzz.

Other Summer Resources

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