Do you want to incorporate some more in-season produce into your recipes? You’re in luck, because now that June is here, you have plenty of options. Here are some fruits and vegetables that are in season right now.
If you’ve been craving some fresh fruits in your diet, June kicks off the fruit season with sweet cherries and berries, succulent peaches, and tons of tasty tomatoes.
Fun fact: cherries are a fruit, but botanically, they aren’t berries. They’re technically ‘drupes’. Any fruit that has one seed surrounded by a hard shell (called a stone) is a drupe. Regardless, they’re delicious, and their season is in full swing by late June.
On the berry side you can also expect to enjoy juicy strawberries and blueberries in June.
Did you know that Colorado is well-known for it’s sweet and tangy peaches? The prime season for peaches is mid-July through mid-September, but the peach party begins in June.
So, stock up early, especially if you want to get your taste buds prepped for the Palisade Peach Fest in August. And if you’re wondering whether a peach is also a drupe, they sure are!
If you didn’t have a chance to get your own tomato plants going by the end of May, there’s no need to worry. June also welcomes the beginning of tomato season in Colorado, so you’ll be able to stock up easily.
If you’re trying to figure out some new ways to enjoy tomatoes this list from Health.com is a great resource.
Summertime is a fruit lover’s dream, but it’s also the season to fill your diet with tons of fresh vegetables.
Peaches aren’t the only produce with their own festival — the city of Pine Grove, Colorado hosts an annual Rhubarb Festival. You’ll get to sample some delicious fare and the proceeds support the Pine Elk Creek Improvement Association and the North Fork Fire Department.
If you’re feeling confident, you can even enter your own rhubarb-based dish into the baking competition. Raw rhubarb is quite tart, but it is often simmered and used in various deserts. Give it a try!
Now that winter is over, it’s salad time. Leaf lettuce, head lettuce, and other greens also begin their harvest season during June.
June is also an excellent time to load up on broccoli. If you’re looking for a new way to get your veggies in try this delicious broccoli and feta pesto sauce.
Once late June comes around, it’s also time to enjoy some summer squash.
Summer squashes come in a variety of different flavors, shapes, and colors, but they all have soft, thin, and edible skin. You can eat them raw or cooked, too. Try grilling them up, adding them to your salads, or even turning them into a delightful pasta alternative: zoodles.