-What’s in Season in June?

What’s in season?

June

Fruits & Vegetables

If you haven’t had local, fresh peas and strawberries yet – just wait, they’re coming!!

The challenge this time of year is balancing your mind and eyes desire to eat all the glorious fresh fruits and veggies, their storage time and your ability to actually eat them all. It all looks delicious, but fresh produce has a short shelf life, so don’t buy more than you can eat. Check the storage chart below for helpful tips.

Enjoy the latest collection of favourite foods and recipes for this time of year.

  • Find the freshest tasting produce
  • Get the most affordable produce
  • Reduce your environmental footprint
  • Get instant variety by eating seasonally

Use this list for meal planning and making grocery lists.

Supplement this list with frozen and canned fruits and veggies to keep costs down. Of course, you can add whatever fresh produce you’d like. I often add other fresh produce that comes from as close to home as possible. For example there are more local greenhouses that sustainably grow tomatoes, sweet peppers, cucumbers, fresh herbs, lettuce and micro-greens. And, on special occasions, I also reach for exotic fruits and veggies from around the world. What a treat!

Helpful Tips

How to Store June Fruits & Vegetables

  • Sweet peppers are easy to get year-round. Keep them in a dry, sealed plastic bag in the fridge. If you have too many, chop and freeze them without blanching.
  • Haskaps or honeyberries are an oblong, dark blue berries that ripen in early summer. They can be used for juice, jam, liqueur, fruit leather, baking, cobblers, pies and crisps. Use them within 3-5 days of harvesting or freeze them.
  • To freeze spinach, nettle, kale or sorrel blanch them for 2 minutes, squeeze out as much moisture as possible, place in ice cube trays, let freeze then transfer to airtight container or bag for convenient green pucks to add to soups, casseroles or egg dishes.
  • Fresh peas have a short shelf life whether in the pods or shelled, enjoy them right away or blanch and freeze.
  • Store fresh ginger and turmeric whole in the freezer. When you need some, pull out the entire root and grate or cut what you need then return the unused portion to the freezer.
  • When preparing lettuce in advance, tear the leaves instead of cutting them to reduce the amount of browning. Cutting ruptures more cells within the lettuce thereby leading to quicker oxidation.

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