Every month there are different fruits and vegetables that are considered to be in season. August is the start of the season for cauliflowers, cucumbers, herbs, sweet potatoes, and pumpkins. Other fruits and vegetable that are considered to be in season during the month of August include:
- Green Beans
There are multiple benefits for choosing in season produce. Since the produce is in season, it means local stores have these fruits and vegetables in bulk; which means consumers can purchase these healthy foods at a lower price. Along with lower cost to the consumer, the produce is usually better tasting when in season. Also buying seasonal fruits and vegetables means that you are supporting local farmers and reducing CO2 emissions.
Where to get Recipes:
Many times when you purchase local produce from farmers markets, they offer ideas and recipes for the in season produce. Also one of my favorite recipe books is Weight Watcher’s Fruits & Vegetables A to Z. In the book, the offer three recipe for each fruit and vegetable, as well as informing you when that produce is in season, how to choose the best one, and how to store it. You can find this cookbook on Amazon.
CUESA: Cultivating a Healthy Food System. (2013). In Season Now. Retrieved from http://www.cuesa.org/eat-seasonally
Illinois Department of Agriculture. (2001). Illinois…What’s in Season. Retrieved from http://www.agr.state.il.us/markets/WhatsInSeason.pdf
Morris, M. (2011). Benefits of Eating What’s in Season. Retrieved from http://life.gaiam.com/article/benefits-eating-what-s-season
Women’s Day. (2013). Seasonal Foods: August. Retrieved from http://www.womansday.com/food-recipes/cooking-tips-shortcuts/seasonal-foods-august-82492