Summer Produce. . .

nina | June 13th, 2011 - 9:00 am

A guide to what’s in season for summer.  An impressive 10 of the 20 trends highlighted in the NRA’s 2011 “What’s Hot” Chef Survey revolved around local, farms, nutrition, health & produce.  The number of farmers’ markets in the U.S. have nearly tripled since 1994.  Consumers are definitely paying close attention. 

Make the most of summer’s ripe produce.  Turn your entrees into relaxed summer dishes with seasonal sides and garnishes and embrace the pie trend with summer’s best – from fresh peach pies to down-home blueberry muffins.

What’s in Season?  Summer Edition
Beets – Very good source of dietary fiber, folate and potassium; good source of vitamin C, iron & magnesium.
Blueberries – Good source of vitamin C and vitamin K; good source of dietary fiber.
Cherries – Good Source of dietary fiber and vitamin C.
Corn – Good source of dietary fiber, vitamin C, thiamin & folate.
Figs – Good source of dietary fiber.
Green Beans – Very good source of vitamin C, dietary fiber, potassium, folate & magnesium.
Mangos – Very good source of vitamin A and vitamin C; good source of dietary fiber and vitamin B6.
Nectarines – Very good source of vitamin C; good source of dietary fiber, potassium and vitamin A.
Pears – Very good source of dietary fiber; good source of vitamin C.
Plums – Very good source of vitamin C; good source of dietary fiber, vitamin A and vitamin K.
Raspberries – Very good source of dietary fiber and vitamin C; good source of vitamin K and magnesium.
Tomatoes – Very good source of dietary fiber, vitamin A, vitamin C and vitamin K; good source of vitamin E and folate.
Vidalia Onions – Very good source of Vitamin C; good source of dietary fiber, potassium and folate.
Watermelon – Very good source of vitamin A and vitamin C; good source of potassium.

Source:  Kraft foods foodservice, 6-13-11

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