Savour the season: 3 summer fruits and vegetables we’re loving right nowJanuary 10, 2024
Summer is in full swing and that can only mean one thing: now is the perfect time to whip up a storm in the kitchen with some deliciously fresh summer fruit and vegetables.
With so many exciting seasonal ingredients to celebrate this time of year, it can be hard to pick just a few as our favourites. But we did! Zucchini, cherry tomatoes and snow peas are each bursting with fresh, unique flavours that we are absolutely loving right now. Summer cooking with these seasonal staples not only guarantees superior flavour and peak freshness, but it’s also a more sustainable way to fill your plate.
Locally grown seasonal produce requires less transportation, which means fewer carbon emissions from long-distance shipping. Plus, seasonal produce tends to be more abundant during its peak harvest time, meaning that farmers can grow larger quantities without relying on artificial processes.
Why we love zucchinis in summer
Sometimes known as courgettes or summer squash, zucchinis are an incredibly versatile summer vegetable that can be used in a range of meals including salads, soups, pastas, pizzas, skewers and even brownies! Thanks to their high water content and ability to take on flavour, they are the perfect way to sneak in a little extra greenery into your diet.
How to store zucchinis
To make sure your zucchinis stay fresh for longer, store them in your fridge’s crisper drawer. You can store them in a paper or plastic bag, but make sure to leave one end open to encourage air circulation. And most importantly, avoid washing your zucchinis until just before you’re ready to use them!
Our favourite zucchini recipe this summer
There’s no better way to enjoy your veggies than by adding them to cheesy, golden fritters. With an extra dose of goodness from the roast root veg and salad greens, plus a creamy babaganoush for dipping, this inviting dish tastes every bit as good as it looks!
Why we love cherry tomatoes in summer
These small, juicy fruits (yes, fruits!) are bursting with color and flavour, plus loads of antioxidants. The perfect balance of sweet and acidic, cherry tomatoes are a delicious way to bring a vibrancy and zing to every meal. Great for adding fresh flavours to salads, balancing pastas, topping pizzas and so much more, these little bites pack a big punch.
How to store cherry tomatoes
Cherry tomatoes are delicate, so it’s best to avoid the fridge. Instead, leave them in their container or transfer them to a bowl and store them on the kitchen bench or in your pantry. This will ensure your tomatoes keep their colour and flavour.
Our favourite cherry tomato recipe this summer
Our plant-based basil pesto coats pasta spirals with a rich depth of flavour that pairs perfectly with a leafy cherry tomato salad. Look no further for a delectable dinnertime classic.
Why we love snow peas in summer
Bursting with flavour, snow peas are deliciously fresh and just a little sweet, making them perfect for the summer months. Enjoy them raw, steamed, stir-fried, or pan-fried, these tasty little bites will bring a delicate, fresh flavour to any meal.
How to store snow peas
To keep your pea pods fresh for as long as possible, pop them in a plastic bag or food storage container and keep them in your fridge’s crisper.
Our favourite pea pod recipe this summer
Give chicken schnitzel a Japanese-inspired twist by serving it with a killer katsu sauce and crisp snow pea slaw. It’s a crowd-pleasing combo that’s surprisingly carb smart. Prepare for repeat requests!
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