There is so much delicious produce in July 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 July — What’s in Season Guide is your guide to July Seasonal Produce along with recipes, tips, and more!
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JULY SEASONAL PRODUCE
July has a mixture everything: berries, stone fruit, with a few vegetables thrown in too. Find out all about July Seasonal Produce in this June — What’s In Season Guide.
I hope this July — 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.
July means long, hot summer days and the 4th of July. I hate heating up the house by cooking indoors, so we do a TON of grilling or salads for dinner. If you need some help with your grilling skills, check out my How to Grill series! Of course, we always plan a huge 4th of July party for our friends and neighbors, so make sure to check out all my 4th of July goodies.
JULY — WHAT’S IN SEASON GUIDE
Apricots are a good source of Vitamin A, rich in fiber, plus they are good for your heart, blood, and skin! They are great blended up in smoothies. A fun thing to do with apricots is to dry them out in the dehydrator. Great snack for the kids!
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Plums are just now coming into 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.
My daughter LOVES raspberries. She can’t get enough. Raspberries contain antioxidants like Vitamin C, quercetin, and gallic acid that help to fight against cancer, heart and circulatory diseases. They are high in ellagic acid that has been shown to have anti-inflammatory properties.
Summer Squash (Zucchini/Yellow Squash)
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!
Strawberries are perfectly ripe and so sweet this time of year, but unfortunately it’s the end of their season this month. So stock up!!!! Of course, they are perfect for snacking, but cooking with them and making jam is always a must. Just don’t wash them until you’re ready to use them!
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 July — What’s In Season Guide??? What’s your favorite in-season fruit or veggie during Jult….tell me, I’d love to know.
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