Seasonal Eating

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What’s in Season for Early Summer?

Apples, Blueberries, Broccoli, Cabbage, Cantaloupe, Cauliflower, Cherries, Carrots, Cucumbers, Kale, Lettuce, Onions, Peaches, Green Beans, Raspberries, Spinach, Squash, Strawberries

What’s Cooking Now?   

Apples!

Picture of Apple and Fig Goat Cheese Spread
Apple and Fig Goat Cheese Spread

Have you ever thought about apples’ interesting facts when enjoying a sweet apple or a delicious piece of apple pie? As June marks the harvest season of some apple varieties, here is an interesting fun fact about this nutritious fruit.  “Archaeologists have found evidence that people have been eating apples since 6,500B.C.” Apples are available in multiple varieties that include Honeycrisp, Delicious Red, Gala, McIntosh red, Golden delicious, Braeburn, Empire and more.

Apples can be served fresh during breakfast and lunch, as simple slices or in assorted salads.

Apples are versatile; multiple food items can be made from apples.  Foods made from apple are not limited to snacks or deserts; some non-alcoholic beverages made from apples can be served chilled or at room temperature during dinner with family and friends. The popular and refreshing apple juice is more satisfying when it’s cold.

Apples are among core foods during family and friends quality time and make a great snack during game night or watching movies.  Some enjoyable food items made from apples include pies, cakes, cookies, apple sauce and salads.  Here are some recipes using apples:

Apple Cheese and Walnut Salad

Apple Date Salad

Apple and Fig Goat Cheese Spread

Pork Chops Braised with Apples and Prunes

Pork Tenderloin with Apples

Cider Glazed Chicken

Sweet and Savory Apples and Acorn Squash

Sausage and Apple Dressing

Red Cabbage and Apples with Currant Jelly

Crunchy Caramel Apple Pie

Fresh Apple Cake

Apple Dumpling Rolls

As apples are in season, let think about the saying “As American as apple pie” and serve some apples at the patriotic holidays of the summer!

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Eat Seasonally!

Seasonal Eating is all about eating what is growing here and now.  A tomato doesn’t taste nearly as good in January when it is out-of-season as it does in July when it comes directly from the grower to you or to the grocery store.  Produce eaten when it is in-season tastes better and maintains more of its nutrients.  Eating with the seasons also helps reduce transportation, saving gas and emissions, as well as helps to support our local growers and local economy.  

To eat seasonally, try growing your own produce this Spring and Summer to use throughout the growing season and preserve what you can’t use through freezing or canning. Another option is to frequent the local farmer’s markets.  Even when shopping at the grocery stores, focus on what is seasonal for that month.

To see what is growing in Tennessee each month take a look at the Seasonal Eating Chart for Tennessee​.

Collard Greens
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Sweet Peppers
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Summer Squash
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Strawberries
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Spinach
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Potatoes
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Sweet Potatoes
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Carrots
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Snap Beans
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Cabbage
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Chard
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The Seasonal Kitchen Videos:

Know Your Carrots
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Know Your Sweet Peppers
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Know Your Collards
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Know Your Sweet Potatoes
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Know Your Snap Beans
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Know Your Summer Squash
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Pasta Stuffed Peppers
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Roasted Pork Tenderloin & Sweet Carrot Chutney
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Braised Chicken Thighs with Collards​
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Cranberry Orange Sweet Potatoes
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Green Beans with Tangy Vinaigrette
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Chicken Sausage and Summer Vegetable Sauté​
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