Seasonality of what you consume is more important than ever. Not only are restaurants adopting the practice of creating dishes that use ingredients that are in season, but many grocery stores are also beginning to do the same.
One of the most important things you can do is to arm yourself with the knowledge of what's in season during certain months so you can make the most out of the produce.
In-season produce not only tastes better, but you're also supporting the local farmers and eliminating your carbon footprint by minimizing orders for items that aren't available in your area, but are grown across the world and have to be shipped.
Here's what's in season during Summer 2016.
Berries are probably one of the best things about summer. Pick 'em yourself, or grab 'em at a grocery store, they're chockfull of antioxidants, fibre, and other nutrients.
Tomatoes are like fresh pops of sunshine, and they're the sweetest in the summer. Not only are they wonderfully juicy, but they're also full of vitamins A, C, and K, and potassium.
Long live the avocado. No longer will you have to wait days and days for your avocados to ripen, as they're just perfect in the summer.
Learn more about the benefits of avocados here.
It might sound exotic, but okra is actually a staple food in many cultures. It's high in potassium, vitamin B, vitamin C, calcium, and dietary fibre.
Okra can be finicky, though, as if prepared wrong, it can be a bit slimy. A few ways to avoid that sliminess: wash it only when you're ready to cook it, let it come to room temperature, cut it in big chuns, or soak it in vinegar for about half an hour before cooking.
The sweetest treat of all. Figs are a rarity most of the year, so be sure to eat as many as you can this summer!
Eggplants are one of the most versatile vegetables, often replacing meat in recipes. A bonus? Some dub it as one of the healthiest foods in the world, full of dietary fiber, vitamin B1, copper, vitamin B6, potassium, and vitamin K.
Alongside berries and figs, peaches are another highlight of summertime. Peaches are rich in minerals such as calcium, potassium, magnesium, iron, manganese, phosphorous, zinc, and copper.
Sticking to seasonal foods can be tough; it's not the easiest to stick to things that only have a window of a few months.
Plus, things like basil are always out of stock at grocery stores. What's better than growing your own and guaranteeing that you'll always have some on hand?
What are your favorite vegetables during the summer season? Let us know in the comments section!