Seasonal Foods for June by Jesse Bluma

Seasonal Foods for June

Looking for something new for the dinner table?  What's in season?  How can I save a bit of cash?  Selecting seasonal foods is a good choice.  Take a spreadsheet of seasonal items with you to the grocery store.

Gooseberries are pictured above.  What's a gooseberry?  These fruit are related to currants and grown in areas with cool, humid climates such as northern California, many regions in Europe, and south Asia.  The next time you are in the store or farmers market pick some up to use in summer pies, tarts, jam, flavored water, or dehydrate to make dried gooseberries.

Gooseberries have a long food history, especially in South America.  Prized for its nutrition, high in vitamin C, these berries are common in the regions of the old empires of the Inca (Peru, Cusco, Machu Picchu) and Aztecs (Tenochitlan/Mexico City).  If growing gooseberries at home, follow guidelines for ripeness of your variety.  

string beans
yellow summer squash

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