Summer is finally upon us! With this season brings a peak in local Ontario produce. Check out some fruits and vegetables that are currently in season and available locally in your grocery stores:
Apricots – this delicious stone fruit can take any sweet or savoury dish up a notch in flavour! Apricots are high in Vitamin A and C, promoting eye and skin health, as well as fiber to support digestion.
Blueberries – these berries are one of the top exports from all of Canada! Blueberries make an excellent snack and contain an abundance of antioxidants.
Plums – plums are not only sweet, tart and tasty, but they have multiple health benefits, including being high in nutrients and fiber, as well as supporting bone growth.
Gooseberries – these unique berries make for great tarts and jams, and are also known to balance blood sugar and promote weight loss.
Raspberries – another berry favourite! Raspberries make for great smoothie and sorbet recipes, and also contain a lot of immune-boosting elements.
Watermelon – a summer staple, watermelons make a great after-dinner snack just the way they are! They are also full of water for hydration, as well as vitamin B’s for energy and hormone balance.
Corn – Although corn contains a lot of vitamins and minerals, they run the risk of spiking blood sugar. Try grilled as a side to any backyard BBQ meal.
Radicchio – roast it, sauté it, or eat as a base in your favourite salad. Radicchio is low calorie and high in Vitamin K which is essential for bone health.
Peppers – From spicy to sweet bell peppers, these vegetables make perfect BBQ skewers! They are high leutin for eye protection, as well as iron for increased energy.
Tomatoes – grill them, dice them, you name it! Tomatoes are not only good for your heart health, but can be included in almost meal you have this summer.