It’s summer! And, when I think about summer food, I almost always envision grilled veggies! And, the best veggies to grill are the ones that are in season, of course. You might wonder what is in season. So, allow me to let you in on a few of my favorite summer ripe vegetables.
Shall we begin by talking about delicious Beets? They are certainly an acquired taste that not too many people have become accustomed to. In my opinion, Beets are always juicy and flavorful. However, during the summer they have a lot to offer when it comes to their size and flavor. This root vegetable can turn into almost tasting like candy when it is roasted or grilled. Talk about TASTY!
I sound like a beet fanatic. I know. I just might be. Beets are and have always been one of my favorite vegetables ever since I was a child. I don’t know of too many children who enjoy beets, but I sure did.Try eating these raw or even in a salad. You could even pickle them to enjoy them throughout the year. If you like beets, then satisfy your palate with some this summer!
Lettuce is a leafy vegetable that we are all familiar with. There are four different types of lettuce. The four different types are: Romaine lettuce, Head lettuce, Leaf lettuce and Celtuce lettuce. Each type offers different benefits. However, some of the overall benefits that lettuce gives to our bodies are: 1.) An excellent source of vitamin K, which yields bone strength and 2.) Hydration. 95% of lettuce consists of water. How cool is that?
Next, we have the Yellow Squash. I love yellow squash so much. Truth be told, I eat squash all year round in many different ways, so it is always “in season” to me. Squash lasts so well during other seasons, that it can be hard to tell when it is actually in season. I also do not eat it raw and usually cook it with salt, pepper and onions. I enjoy the taste, but love the texture even more. Yellow Squash tastes wonderful when grilled. How do you like to enjoy your squash?
Asparagus is another fantastic in-season vegetable to make use of this summer. And, it is delicious when grilled. I have found it to be one of the easiest vegetables to grill. It does not take long at all and can still keep its crunch while getting those beautiful, picture perfect grill marks. The Asparagus also offers many nutrients such as high fiber content, vitamins A, C and K, and folate. What’s not to love about the Asparagus?
Last, but certainly not least, Garlic is in season. I say certainly not least, because I love garlic the most. It can pair with pretty much any lunch or dinner dish. A little bit goes a long way and I always add more cloves than the recipe calls for. I am sure many of you can relate to that. Garlic is very nutritious with few calories. It has many benefits. One of the main ones is that it can combat sickness, such as the common cold.
I hope this summer vegetable guide was helpful. What are some of your favorite summer vegetables that haven’t been mentioned?