What’s in Season: July Produce Guide. Here’s a list of what you should cook this July based on what produce is in season for fresh, delicious and healthy recipes!
Happy July friends! I’ve been swimming in summer produce and enjoying it insanely. Like, fruits for breakfast everyday. Summer produce doesn’t change much month to month, but some newbies are popping up this July.
Curious as to what produce is in season in July?
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AVOCADOS | BEETS | BLUEBERRIES | CABBAGE |CITRUS CORN | CUCUMBERS | EGGPLANTS | GREENS | MANGO | PEAS | PINEAPPLE | RADISHES | TOMATOES | WATERMELON | ZUCCHINI
While we plot the non-existence of the avocado emoji (update: it’s coming!) they are indeed a summer staple. They are the perfect replacement in baking recipes and add such a great creaminess to bowl foods! Avocado toast is my favourite way to enjoy them.
Pictured: Roasted Beet Hummus
I’m pretty sure I have an obsession with beets, since it’s one of my most used ingredients on this entire blog. I made a joke about owning a beet farm, but I’m pretty sure I need to look into that. Their versatility from crunchy to smooth, velvet-y and sweet once roasted make them such a great root vegetable. That colour is also divine!
Pictured: Vanilla Pancakes with Blueberry Sauce
Blueberries! I can’t get how absolutely gorgeous blueberries are. While I have them all the time in my smoothies, it’s been a while since I’ve shared a blueberry recipe with you. Say no more, it’s coming! I love using blueberries sweet, but I’m excited to experiment with them in a savoury manner (can you say blueberry balsamic?!)
I love how bright and beautiful cabbage is. I’ve used it raw for a crunch factor, and I’ve also sautéed it down in coconut milk.
Citrus (Oranges, Lemons, Limes and more)
Pictured: Tropical Green Smoothie
I’m a big citrus fan. We constantly stock up on limes, lemons and oranges because they work well with everything. I’ve included recipes where they are the main feature ingredient in the dish or the sauce/dressing.
Pictured: Grilled Mexican Street Corn
I forgot how much I love corn! Whether grilled, boiled, or in a delicious salsa or salad, they are so absolutely delicious.
Pictured: Easy Greek Panzanella Salad
Once upon a time, I absolutely hated cucumbers. Then I actually began to use them in beautiful ways: cucumber water, tzatziki, this salad above, other salads. I realised that cucumbers are actually pretty amazing. I now use them every week and love what they add to recipes!
Pictured: Cheesy Quinoa Stuffed Eggplants
I usually go through 4 eggplants every WEEK. Everything from mini veggie pizzas, amazing toppings for vegan pizzas, stuffed eggplants and baba ghanoush are constantly churning out of my kitchen. Eggplants are so easy to manipulate and are such delicious veggies. You can get SO much variety out of them and shouldn’t be intimidated by them.
Greens (Herbs, Spinach, Kale, and more)
I try to keep a bag of fresh greens in my fridge at all times for spur of the moment salads, pestos, and anything else. I always use fresh herbs and you will absolutely taste the difference from dried herbs. I’m thinking of growing my own herb garden next. My new favourite herb is definitely rosemary! I’ve been using it in EVERYTHING.
Pictured: No Bake Mango Coconut Chia Pudding
I love Mangoes! This deliciously sweet fruit goes well with basically everything. You can’t go wrong with mangoes.
Pictured: Creamy Cashew Pea Pesto
It’s pea season! Put these in everything. They are tiny bursts of spring that go with everything – this pesto is proof. It goes great on appetisers, pasta, in veggie bowls…anything!
Pictured: Strawberry Pineapple Coconut Smoothie
Pineapples are one of the best summer fruits – bright, sweet and/or sour and great for hot days!
Pictured: Quick Pickled Radishes
HOW am I just getting into Radishes? Not only are they so undeniably pretty, their crunch and spice factor reminds me a lot of kohlrabi which I fell in love with two years ago. Be sure to try out all different varieties of radishes including easter egg radishes (pictured above), daikon radishes and any other kinds that you can find!
Pictured: Strawberry Salsa
Strawberries are in total abundance this year. They even taste extra amazing this year! I adore them in salsa, roasted, pureed, or eaten by themselves. Strawberries are my absolute favourite fruit.
Pictured: Classic Bruschetta with Balsamic Glaze
I would say tomatoes are my summer staple, but they are definitely one of my LIFE staples. I put tomatoes in and on every. single. thing. Whether’s its using cherry tomatoes, tomato sauce or making my own marinara sauce, tomatoes are so great to use this month because they go with everything! If you aren’t a fan of tomatoes, try using it seasoned instead of raw. It may change your perspective!
Pictured: Watermelon Mojitos
There is no denying that watermelon is probably the official summer fruit. It is incredibly refreshing when used in any recipe and tastes so deliciously sweet!
Zucchinis are in full swing! I’ve been making these noodles above so much, and also grilling zucchinis as often as I can. Is it even possible to have a bad homemade zucchini recipe?!
If you try any of these recipes, please let me know in the comment section below, or tag me on instagram with the hashtag #jessicainthekitchen. What do you plan to make this month?
P.S. I’ve completely redone my Pinterest boards to be ingredient specific so you can find more great seasonal July produce. Head over to check it out!