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What’s in Season? June Produce Guide

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Summer is almost here! Can you feel it? I can’t wait for the sun to bust through these clouds for good. The sight of fresh cherries, blueberries and strawberries are giving me hope that the season of sunshine is near. I’m taking a little break from cooking this week, but I’m looking forward to cooking […]

Summer is almost here! Can you feel it? I can’t wait for the sun to bust through these clouds for good. The sight of fresh cherries, blueberries and strawberries are giving me hope that the season of sunshine is near. I’m taking a little break from cooking this week, but I’m looking forward to cooking up some summery goodness when I get back.

Thanks again to Becky for letting me base this resource on her “Eat Seasonal” monthly seasonal produce lists. For more seasonal inspiration, follow my boards on Pinterest!

Avocado

avocado

Good gracious, how I love avocado. Avocado on toast is almost impossible to beat, but it’s also a fantastic addition Mexican meals and fresh green recipes of any kind, really. The avocados you’ll find in stores now are probably from Mexico, where avocados are in season year-round, but California avocados are in season now, too. Avocado elsewhere:

View more C+K avocado recipes ↣

Beets

Beet chips by Minimalist Baker

I’m slowly changing my tune about beets. I like them raw in salads (like this one and this colorful quinoa salad!) and even in my juice. I’m still learning to appreciate roasted beets, though. Beets are tremendously earthy and can be eaten fresh, cooked or roasted. Some, like the golden variety, are pretty sweet. Beets elsewhere:

 

Blueberries

blueberries

Blueberries are here! Those plump little berries are packed full of antioxidants. As with all berries, buy organic if possible to avoid pesticide exposure. Blueberries pair marvelously with lemon flavor (juice and zest). I love them in desserts, baked goods and salads! Blueberries elsewhere:

View more C+K blueberry recipes ↣

Cherries

cherries

Sweet, red cherries will grace us with their presence this June. I like to snack on fresh cherries, but roasting cherries really brings out their inherent sweetness. Roasted or not, they are great with balsamic vinegar. Beyond America’s beloved cherry pie, cherries are a great addition to salads, cocktails and desserts. Cherries elsewhere:

View more C+K cherry recipes ↣

cucumbers

cucumber

Crisp cucumber is a lovely addition to raw salads. Its vitamin-rich, hydrating qualities make it an excellent juicing ingredient. Peeled, muddled and strained cucumber makes an incredibly refreshing cocktail. Cucumber water is a treat—just soak cucumber and lemon slices in a pitcher of water. Cucumber elsewhere:

View more C+K cucumber recipes ↣

green beans

green beans

Green beans are easily overlooked. They go great with almonds, basil, butter, Parmesan, olive oil, onions, parsley, potatoes, shallots, tomatoes and vinegar. I’m afraid I only have one green bean recipe (click on the above photo for a summery quinoa, feta, and green bean salad). Green beans elsewhere:

 

Greens

greens

Thank goodness for spring greens. You might be able to find local arugula, spinach, lettuce, spinach, Swiss chard and/or watercress now, depending on where you live. I love them every which way: in salads, as pesto, tossed in pasta and sautéed with garlic. Greens elsewhere:

View more C+K arugula recipes ↣

Herbs

kale

Fresh herbs often make the dish. Although they’re available year round at stores, now might be a good time to plant your herb garden. Herbs that are coming into season now include chervil, chives, dill, green onions, mint, scallions, sorrel and thyme.Herbs elsewhere:

View more C+K cilantro recipes ↣

Kale

kale

We all love kale, and for good reason! It’s tremendously good for you and totally delicious, given the right preparation. Chop kale for stir-fries or a side of greens (sauté in olive oil and garlic), or massage it with a dash of salt for salads (see any of my kale salads for further instruction), or lightly coat roughly chopped kale with olive oil and roast it for kale chips. You can also blend kale into smoothies or juice it. Kale elsewhere:

View more C+K kale recipes ↣

Leeks

leeks

I’ve cooked with leeks before, but they haven’t made it to the blog yet. Leeks are related to onions and garlic and have a mild, oniony flavor. They grow in bundled “leaf sheaths” that look similar to celery stalks. You probably won’t want to cook with the dark green parts, which are pretty tough. They’re pretty difficult to clean because dirt gets in between the sheaths. Here’s how to clean them. Leeks elsewhere:

 

Mango

mango

Mangos are like tropical peaches and they are awesome. They can seem a little tricky to work with at first, but you just slice off one-third of each side, longways, from the top down, then dice the mango like you would an avocado. Mango elsewhere:

Peas

peas

I’m so glad I gave peas a chance. Peas get sweeter with a little heat, but they don’t need much more than that. They go great with a little butter and salt, maybe with some garlic or mint, too. You might be able to find sugar snap peas around now, too. Peas elsewhere:

Radishes

radishes

How I love radishes! Raw, chopped radishes lend a spicy crunch to salads and makes a great garnish for fresh Mexican meals. I often prefer radishes to raw red onion, which can easily overwhelm other raw ingredients. Whole, raw, spicy radishes served with butter and flaky salt are an incredibly simple and delicious appetizer. I also love pickled radishes, but the verdict is still out on roasted radishes. Radishes elsewhere:

View more C+K radish recipes ↣

Rhubarb

rhubarb

Rhubarb season is here for just a little bit longer! Rhubarb is an oddball vegetable related to buckwheat. Rhubarb tastes more sour than sweet and pairs marvelously with strawberry. Rhubarb leaves can be high in oxalic acid, so don’t eat them (and keep them away from your dog, too!). Rhubarb elsewhere:

Strawberries

strawberries

Strawberries are here! Strawberries are one of my favorite fruits to eat as is. I love them in salads. Ever tried strawberries on pizza? No? You’ve been missing out! Strawberries elsewhere:

Eat seasonally with this guide to June fruits and vegetables. Find recipes and preparation tips at cookieandkate.com

Looking for an ingredient that didn’t make the list? Check my ingredient index for relevant recipes.

More resources you might appreciate: 16 recipes that pack well for lunch (see also, lunch packing tips), 14 simple weeknight dinners and the fruit and vegetable tools you actually need.

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