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In Season Produce - Summer

Updated on June 8, 2016

Reminds me of my brother grilling in the backyard.

CORN

What screams American Backyard BBQ more than corn on the cob roasted on the grill? Corn is a North American cereal plant that yields large grains, or kernels, set in rows on a cob. It has many varieties and they are highly valued for both human and livestock consumption. It's a myth that corn has no nutritional value. Recent research studies have shown that corn has antioxidant abilities. Visit this website for more on corn's nutritional values and which variety supplies the value you are in need of.


Growing your own basil is simple.

BASIL

Bet you didn't know that basil is a part of the mint family. It's used in most Italian recipes. Other than making your spaghetti taste delicious, it also has medicinal purposes such as reducing inflammation. Basil contains Vitamin A, Vitamin C, Vitamin K, magnesium, iron, potassium and calcium. For those of you who are vegetarians or vegans, this is a super food. Visit this website for more information.

Makes me want peach cobbler.

APRICOTS

Apricots season is relatively short; about a month. These delicious fruits are only fresh from the beginning of June to about mid-July. When you're in the store picking them out give them a sniff. If they are rip, they will have a sweet smell to them. You can eat dried apricots, but keep in mind that they are high in sugar and will be bad for your dental health. Visit this website for more information.

My Mom cooks the best squash.

YELLOW SQUASH

Squash is really available all year round, but I decided it deserved to be mentioned. All parts of the squash are edible; skin, seeds and flesh. Squash is a good source of B-complex vitamins meaning that they aid in blood sugar regulation. There is also research happening now on the benefits associated with cancer. The combination of antioxidant and anti-inflammatory nutrients provides anti-cancer attributes. Visit this website for more information.

A melon made up of 92% water.

WATERMELON

It turns out that watermelon is a heart healthy fruit. What better way to get your sweet tooth fix than to eat a watermelon? There is none! Watermelon is very versatile. It can go in salad dressing, salads, jello, etc. You can also roast the seeds just like pumpkins. Most of you probably do not know eating the rind and seeds is also good for you. They are both nutrient-rich. Of course, if you decide to eat the rind, please make sure it's organic so you're not eating the pesticides as well. Visit this websitefor more information.

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