Quick seasonality update June & July: Summer is upon us and with it comes a bounty of luscious fresh veg. and even some fruit too. So whether you’re partial to salads, stir-fries or whatever this summer your veg. baskets are guaranteed to be brimming with wholesome organic goodness!
Coming into season: June sees celery, courgettes, swedes, peas, mangetout, kohl-rabi and carrots arriving in-store. Then July welcomes sweetcorn, parsnips and onions. Fortunately these veggies are likely to reach their nutritional best and stay in season for the duration of the summer.
Nutritional best: Tomatoes, aubergines, mushrooms, broccoli, broad beans, cabbage, scallions, radishes, peppers, cucumbers, lettuce (particularly the round and red oakleaf varieties), spinach, rhubarb, shallots, cauliflower, beetroot, new season potatoes and turnips all reach their nutritional peak during these summer months.
Fruits: June sees raspberries bursting back into season while July greets blueberries back in. Strawberries remain at their nutritional best for both months.
Veg. of the month: Courgettes are bursting back into our kitchens with full nutritional force this June. Crunchy and juicy, they come in both yellow and green varieties. Similar to cucumbers their wealth of nutritional benefits are often overlooked. Courgettes (or zucchinis as our friends across the pond call them) are teaming with vitamin C. This means they serve to protect the body from free radicals. The vitamin C content also helps boost the immune system. These fleshy greens are also rich in potassium which helps regulate blood pressure. It has been noted that the vitamin E and omega 3 fatty acid content of courgettes may play a role in aiding the body’s absorption of fat-soluble antioxidants. Most of the fibre in a courgette is found in its rich green skin. This fibre is known for benefiting the normalisation of blood sugar and lowering of insulin levels. Furthermore, fibre is also linked to the lowering of bad cholesterol. Courgettes also contain notable amounts of those sought after B vitamins 1,2 and 6 as well as mineral magnesium and manganese.
Do you have a favourite courgette recipe? Please share them below. We love adding them to our green juices and smoothies as well as simply grilling or roasting them sliced with some light seasoning. For a quick and simple fix why not chop some up and enjoy with your favourite hummus (see our recipe which we posted in March)?
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