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There is so much delicious produce in August and if you are like me, I try to save money at the store by buying produce that’s in season. It’s cheaper, it’s fresher, and it didn’t travel very far to get to your table. My August — What’s in Season Guide is your guide to August Seasonal Produce along with recipes, tips, and more!
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AUGUST SEASONAL PRODUCE
August has a great mixture everything: berries, stone fruit, with a few vegetables thrown in too. Find out all about August Seasonal Produce in this August — What’s In Season Guide.
I hope this August — What’s In Season Guide is just what you are looking for. Furthermore, if you’re looking for more resources on your food journey then check out my Feeding a Family on a Budget guide or this Budget Friendly Menu Planning. I have lots of menu planning guides for various occasions and even a monthly & weekly menu planning printable that’s super helpful. Lastly, the best thing for eating healthy and in season is a well stocked pantry.
AUGUST SEASONAL PRODUCE GUIDE
For the years, I hated avocados…but I met an avocado farmer who told me I just hadn’t had a perfectly ripe avocado yet. She gave a few and said exactly what day to try them. I patiently waited and then…I fell in love. I’m a huge avocado snob and always look forward to when they are in season!
Bananas are a favorite in our house! I always have a bunch lying around. It’s hard to keep them around long enough to make banana bread or nice cream (banana based ice cream). The best use for bananas is when my babies were finally old enough to start eating real food, I would take them with us every where for easy baby meals and snacks.
Living in Phoenix we don’t have any places local to pick fresh berries. But just an hour and a half north of us there are tons of blackberry bushes. We take a day trip up North every year and pick as many as we can. Most end up eaten on the spot, but the few that I manage to get home get turned into all sorts of delicious recipes.
I would pick blueberries over chocolate every day! They are my favorite fruit and nothing is better than a perfectly ripe blueberry. Blueberries are considered a superfood: loaded with antioxidants and anti-inflammatory properties. As an added bonus they are the perfect balance of tart and sweet this time of year.
Carrots are more than just a side dish to chicken wings (although, that’s supper yummy). My favorite is to juice them or add them to smoothies…the kids will never know.
Cherries are another fruit rich in benefits, but their season is coming to an end. Plenty of antioxidants, Vitamin C, and even contain melatonin to promote healthy sleep. I certainly get excited when these beauties come into season. Get out your cherry pitter to make the process quicker.
There used to be corn stands close to my house, but even though they are harder to find we still get the sweetest corn in the summer. My favorite thing to do is just soak the ears in water for 20 mins and throw them on the grill. Nothing beats that beautifully charred flavor. If you grill up a bunch, you can cut the kernels off and add them to recipes, or even freeze for later.
Cucumbers contain multiple B vitamins and because they have plenty of water and fiber they aid in healthy digestion. Add a crunch to a salad, or even make homemade pickles.
I love eggplant, but I hardly ever make it. I order it a lot when we go out to eat, but for some reason I hardly ever cook with it. Let me just say…those eggplant meatballs are Ah-Maz-Ing!
When we moved into our house almost 20 years ago, we had a huge fig tree. Unfortunately, we aren’t fig people but I have to say…these recipes, especially those mojitos make me want to try figs again.
Growing up, many summer afternoons were spent sitting and snapping the ends of green beans for dinner. I love the way green bean taste when fresh- a far cry from the canned casserole type beans. These also pickle up nicely and can stand up to a little heat.
All sorts of greens are in season right now. There are too many for their own category so I combined them in to one. From spinach to kale to various lettuces…there are so many options!
Mangos are pricy little fruits, but waiting until they are in season means the price is affordable and the flavor is amazing! Smoothies, salsa, drinks, and ice cream are my favorite ways to use mangos…besides just slicing them up for a snack.
Melon is a widely popular fruit in summer and is perfect just cut up and eaten by itself, or in any number of fruit salads or drinks. A hollow thump (not thud) sound, a butter yellow color (not white) on the spot where the melon rested, and a sweet smell from the blossom end (opposite the stem) are good indicators that a melon is ripe.
Peaches and nectarines taste almost the same, so I use them interchangeably in recipes. However, I really hate the fuzzy texture on the peaches. I can’t be the only one. But these sweet, juicy fruits are a summertime fav. In Phoenix, they are perfectly ripe in mid-May and we have tons of u-pick orchards around and a big annual peach festival. Picking a peach off the tree and eating in the field is such an experience. One place here, you can pick and eat however many you want at no charge, but if you want to take some home there is a small fee. I think my max is 10 fresh peaches off the tree.
I’m a lover of all bell peppers, except green. So my favorite time of year is when they are in season and the prices go way down. I tend to stock up and prep, flash freeze, and save for the winter months when I can’t afford a $3 red bell pepper.
Plums are now in season. They are a little tart and not quite as sweet as some other stone fruit, but they are delish! They are also hardier than peaches so they are my summer picnic fruit of choice. Just me, a couple plums, and a knife…..so good.
love potatoes…really cooked any way will do. Baked, Fried, Boiled, Grilled…just give me all the potatoes and I’m a happy girl!
I’m not a fan of yellow squash, but I love zucchini! Zucchini is such a versatile vegetable. If I’m not making Chocolate Zucchini Bread then I just slice it in half and throw it on the grill with some olive oil, salt, and pepper. Perfect!
I grew up playing at the lake in Texas with my Bobo and cousins. He always packed our ice chest and it was full of Big Red for the kids, tomatoes, and beer for him. When we would get hungry he’d give us a tomato and a salt shaker. It brings back such fond memories and I still do this today when I just need a little snack. It’s great and is the perfect way to tide me over until lunch.
Did I miss something in my August Seasonal Produce Guide??? What’s your favorite in-season fruit or veggie during August….tell me, I’d love to know.