As I write this article, I am tasting the last bite of the perfect juicy watermelon, I mixed it with mint and feta, maybe The easiest salad ever. At this time of year in Texas, melon Not in this world, so it feels like this is the right way to set the scene for an article about eating with the seasons. I find that knowing exactly the August season when I go to the market is the perfect shopping experience.
In the past, I never understood the meaning of indulging in seasonal products. Let’s be honest: Given the global coverage of most grocery stores, you can now find any common fruit or vegetable at almost any time of the year. Pumpkins, tomatoes, berries, citrus and asparagus…the list goes on. Moreover, if the product you are searching for is not in the product section, you are likely to find high-quality frozen food.
However, it turns out that seasonal diet is indeed good for health, not to mention that it tastes better at designated times of the year. Now that I know what the seasonal fruits are in August, I can not only enjoy the perfect and delicious locally grown ingredients, but also go to the local farmers’ market to pick the freshest seasonal produce.
The benefits of eating seasonal produce
So why should you put in extra effort to eat seasonally? Well, there are several reasons. But let’s start with the most straightforward one: It tastes better when produced. It’s that simple.
If you want very delicious food, you should start with the products of the season instead of keeping it frozen when crossing continents or hemispheres.
But there are several other good reasons to focus on seasonally suitable products. When fruits and vegetables are ripe, they can fully mature and develop in the sun without any unnatural help. This means more flavor and higher quality. Finally, it is important to eat agricultural products harvested at the best time because it retains more intrinsic nutritional value.
A very useful chart
We are now in the last month of summer. There are still many typical seasonal summer foods, but we can also expect to see some foods usually associated with autumn on the shelves.
What seasonal fruits and vegetables are there in August?
- Acorn Squash
- Butternut Squash
- green beans
- black pepper
- Summer squash
- Swiss chard
- Winter melon
That said, it is important to remember that seasonal products vary depending on your location. For example, at the end of June, tomatoes were at their best for us in Austin, but they now seem to be at their best for more northern (and temperate) cities such as New York and Oregon.
Cooking recipes of the month
Ok so it’s easy knowledge Correct information, but putting it into practice is completely different. So, to give you a hint, we have collected some of the most delicious recipes, which now use the most beautiful fruits and vegetables in season.
Keep scrolling, we would love to hear the seasonal recipes you are cooking this month.
How to buy strawberries
Fresh strawberries have a strong flavor and bright colors. Look for berries that are hard to the touch, medium-sized, and free of bruises.
What kind of dishes can strawberries
Why we like it: Nothing can compare to this delicious combination, it is simple, bright and full-bodied-a feast for the senses. This is a restaurant-level recipe that we can’t eat enough.
Hero ingredients: Creamy goat cheese complements the rich flavor of this salad.
How to buy winter melon
When it comes to looking for seasonal vegetables in August, you might be surprised to see the butternut squash on the list. Keep your eyes peeled, because its size feels heavy. You will want one with a fat neck and small bulbs because they will produce the most meat.
What dishes to use butternut squash
Why we like it: This recipe is not only delicious, but also perfect for those of us who hate the manual labor of having to peel and chop butternut squash. It is delicious, easy to make, and beautiful and beautiful.
Hero ingredients: Another ingredient of August-figs!
How to buy apricots
Ideally, we would immediately pluck our apricots from the tree. But instead, try to find plump, firm, and slightly soft apricots. Avoid light orange or yellow ones, they should have dark orange gold.
What kind of dishes can apricots be
Why we like it: You will not regret opening the oven for these fresh, warm apricots. Once the sugar is caramelized, it produces a rich sweetness, which goes perfectly with the creamy vanilla bean mascarpone. They are so simple and beautiful, highlighting the best products in summer.
Hero ingredients: Pistachios and toasted coconut give this treat a delicious nutty crunch.
How to buy eggplant
Look out for eggplants with smooth, shiny skin. Gently press the skin with your fingers to test the maturity-if a mark is left, the eggplant is ripe. Smaller eggplants tend to be sweeter, bitter, with thinner skins and fewer seeds.
What dishes can eggplant do
Why we like it: It is the perfect choice when you crave the deliciousness of eggplant parmesan but want to skip the cappi filling. It couldn’t be easier to make, just throw it on the grill and add the classic Caprese filling.
Hero ingredients: The roasted pine nuts add a bit of delicious crunch.
How to buy mango
Surprisingly, color is not the best indicator of maturity when picking mangoes. You will want to gently squeeze the mangoes and pick those that are slightly deformed. They become softer when they mature and sometimes have a fruity aroma on the stem.
What can mango do
Why we like it: If you want to eat Thai-style delicacies such as limes, peanuts and herbs, try this delicious soba noodle salad. You can grill a steak and toss it in a salad, or keep it veggies and light, plus creamy avocado for a hint of richness.
Hero ingredients: The crunchy coconut puts this salad on top.
How to buy watermelon
When choosing the perfect watermelon, its color helps indicate its maturity. Choose melons with strong, consistent patterns. The green stripes should be dark green, and the light stripes should be light yellow. You should also give it a hard blow. Tap the watermelon-if you hear a deep, hollow sound, it indicates that it is juicy and ripe.
What can watermelon dishes
Why we like it: This is a refreshing classic super summer salad, perfect for the long hot nights in August. The subtle flavor of cucumber and the creamy flavor of feta enhance the flavor of the salad without overwhelming these sweet and mild flavors.
Hero ingredients: Shallots will add a bit of crispness, sharpness and aroma.
How to buy figs
You will want to smell your figs. Ripe figs should smell fresh, not fashionable or fermented. Choose soft figs, but avoid any soft figs.
What can figs do
Why we like it: If you ask me, this salad is perfect on the plate! Creamy burrata and sweet and lovely figs are a simple but incredibly delicate dish. Fresh mint adds a bit of herbal brightness and connects the whole thing. I will eat this repeatedly!
Hero ingredients: Candied nuts add a bit of unbeatable crunchy sweetness.
How to buy peaches
Squeeze your peaches lightly and you will want to feel a little soft. Avoid shriveled peaches and be sure to smell them to determine if it has a pleasant classic peach scent.
What can peaches do
Why we like it: There is nothing easier (or more delicious) than these honey roasted peaches and cream. Camille recommends buying them on the harder side so that they can maintain their shape and won’t fall apart when hitting a hot grate.
Hero ingredients: Sprinkle your peaches with flaky sea salt to really enhance the flavor of the whole dish.
How to buy tomatoes
Look for a tomato that feels firm but slightly loose. It should be very fragrant near the stem and heavy relative to its size. Make sure to avoid any tomatoes with blemishes, dark spots or bruises.
What can tomatoes do
Why we like it: It can’t be better than this perfect pie. It has a basic combination of cream cheese and goat cheese, so it is very creamy and rich. It perfectly highlights the sweet and sunny quality of tomatoes and is a delicious summer dish.
Hero ingredients: All bagel seasonings give it something special.
How to buy zucchini
Look out for the small, sturdy zucchini, the skin is bright green. The smaller the better, because zucchini will become bitter when it grows up.
What can zucchini dishes
Why we like it: If you are a lover of carbonara, you definitely want to try this flavor on classic pasta dishes. This is a creamy dream full of vegetables, texture and flavor.
Hero ingredients: Frozen peas are Camille’s favorite pasta shortcut vegetables. They add color and nutrition, and children love them.
How to buy blueberries
Evaluate your blueberries to make sure they are evenly sized, smooth, dry, plump and firm. The reddish color may mean that they are not yet fully mature, so make sure they are dark purple or close to black in tone.
What can blueberries do
Why we like it: There is no better way to start your day than eating some delicious oatmeal. This baked recipe is simple, healthy and delicious. It is basically a mixture of bread pudding and banana bread-ideal!
Hero ingredients: Seeds and nuts help provide you with a lot of energy and provide you with motivation throughout the morning.
This article was originally published on August 8, 2020 and has since been updated.