It’s reassuring to know that the same technology that allows distance transportation of foods, provides for methods to preserve most fruits and vegetables, and have them available at a reasonable cost off-season or in remote or more arid locations. Fruits and vegetables are preserved by canning, freezing and drying and retain most of their nutrients and flavor.
Look for your favorite fruits and vegetables in the month of June and take advantage of their wide availability. And don’t limit yourself to eating them raw or steamed. Have you thought of trying our Apricot Smoothie on page 3? Add a handful of berries to any of the fruit or chocolate shakes or smoothies for a good antioxidant dose. Change out the Ambrosia recipe on page 37 to take advantage of ripe summer fruits. For a change of pace use fresh seasonal vegetables in any of the soups, or add a medley of tomatoes, green beans, summer squash and red or green peppers to the Creamed Vegetables recipe on page 60.
Be healthy this summer by enjoying fruits and vegetables in season and preparing them in a flavorful, nutrient, and energy dense way.