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Summer

In the summer, nearly everything comes into full bloom: flowers, fruits, kids. It's the season of play. And seasonal fruits and vegetables, inexpensive and at the peak of flavor, make it easy to eat as well.

Fruits are ripe and luscious. Strawberries, blueberries, and other berries make their brief appearance at their freshest, cherries are red and sweet, grapes are in, and every kind of melon is sweet and juicy: cantaloupe, honeydew, watermelon. In some markets, fresh apricots are available; sometimes, figs, peaches and plums are ripe. For citrus fruits, Valencia oranges are at their peak.

Summer vegetables are a joy to behold. Cucumbers, eggplant, green snap beans, fresh lima beans, and lettuces of all varieties are in season. If you like okra, now is the time to find it fresh. Peppers in all colors, green and yellow and red, are available. Summer squash is in. So are red ripe tomatoes, and, that most summery of treats, corn on the cob. Summer vegetables reach their peak of flavor and nutrition, and become more affordable, at the same time.

This is a fun time to enjoy summer weather and eat foods outside. We include a summer grilled chicken salad and a garden vegetable rice salad recipe for your picnics.

As always, the foundation of the Food Guide Pyramid, the Breads, Cereal, Rice, and Pasta Group, is available. So are the Milk, Yogurt, and Cheese Group, and the Meat Poultry, Fish, Dry Beans, Eggs, and Nuts Group. If you fish in the summer, you'll bring home a good source of lowfat protein.

Our recipes take advantage of summertime bargains. When tomatoes are fresh and inexpensive, try Spaghetti with Marinated Tomatoes and Homemade Salsa. When fruit is ripe, our Quick Summer Fruit Shortcake and Fruit Yogurt Shake make good use of them. So does Watermelon Ice. And many others.

Summer Chef Teams Included:

Monique Barbear, Tom Douglas, Paul O'Connell, Nick Zakharoff, Lucie Costa, Ronald De Santis, and Damian Martineau

In Season

Vegetables:

cabbage
carrots
cucumbers
eggplant
green beans
lima beans
lettuce
okra
onions
peppers
potatoes
squash
sweet corn
tomatoes

Fruits:

apricots
berries
cataloupes
cherries
figs
grapes
honeydew
melons
lemons
nectarines
peaches
plums
strawberries
Valencia oranges
watermelons

Also All dairy, meats and poultry products, most fish and sellfish.  

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