There’s nothing quite like a refreshing piece of fruit on a hot summer day or the perfect grilled vegetable to go with your BBQ’d meal. Thanks to our modern supply chains, finding virtually any kind of fruit and vegetable year-round is extremely simple, but we recommend going back to basics this summer by shopping in-season. Why should you shop in-season, you ask? When a fruit or vegetable is in peak supply, its price will be much lower (which means more savings!)
Here’s a list of the fruits and vegetables that are in-season during summer to help you shave down that bill and get the best quality produce at the right time.
Juicy berries including strawberries, blackberries, blueberries, and raspberries hit their prime in the summertime. Get creative and try mixing your berries into smoothies or popsicles for a refreshing summer treat. For some great smoothie recipes, check out our blog, Delicious Smoothie Recipes to Try This Summer.
Fun Fact: The little yellow specks on the outside of strawberries aren’t actually seeds. In fact, they are called achene and are considered by botanists to be tiny, little fruit.
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Nothing says summer like some corn on the cob. Whether you are grilling it on the BBQ or making a delicious corn salad, summer is definitely the best season for corn.
Fun Fact: On average an ear of corn has 800 kernels in 16 rows.
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Although you may eat cucumbers all year long, summer is when they are at their best. Their fresh, crisp taste makes cucumbers a great summer snack. Have you tried adding cucumber slices to your water? No? What are you waiting for…you can bring that spa feeling right to your home — you’ll thank us later.
Fun Fact: You can eliminate bad breath by taking a slice of cucumber and pressing it to the roof of your mouth with your tongue for 30 seconds. The phytochemicals will kill the bacteria in your mouth responsible for causing bad breath.
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Eggplant season starts in the late summer, and they are extremely versatile. There is so much you can do including mashing them into a baba ganoush-style dip or stir-frying them with some other seasonal vegetables.
Fun Fact: Eggplants are actually berries, which makes them a fruit.
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Although mangos grow in tropical climates, meaning they aren’t local, they are still considered an in-season fruit during the summer. Mangoes are great on their own and can also be used in salsa, salad, and smoothies, bringing a tropical flavor to any meal.
Fun Fact: Tropical mangoes are related to cashews and pistachios.
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Peppers come in a variety of colors, each with a slightly different taste. A great dish to consider making this summer is stuffed bell pepper. With room for freedom, stuffed peppers are a great light meal option that the whole family can have fun with and enjoy.
Fun fact: Peppers are actually fruits because they are produced from a flowering plant and contain seeds. Most people think of them as vegetables.
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A stone fruit is any fruit that has a pit enclosed by flesh or pulp. These fruits include peaches, nectarines, plums, cherries, and apricots.
Stone fruits are a refreshing snack, and can also be used to create sauces and drinks, or can even be cooked on the grill to make for a tasty dessert.
Fun Fact: The stone itself isn’t a seed. The fruit’s seed is inside the stone.
Tomatoes are at their peak in August and there is nothing quite like it. Whether you are adding a tomato slice to a sandwich or making a salad, a juicy summer tomato really makes the dish.
Fun Fact: There are around 10,000 varieties of tomatoes worldwide.
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Nothing is as refreshing as a watermelon on a hot summer day. Take your watermelon to the next level by adding some feta and mint! You won’t regret it.
Fun Fact: A ripe watermelon makes a deep, hollow sound.
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Zucchini is one of the most popular summer vegetables. Its versatility makes it desirable, as it can be eaten cooked or raw. Did you know that many people now bake with zucchini? The opportunities are endless.
Fun Fact: A zucchini has more potassium than a banana.
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Ready to add these summer favorites to your shopping list? Go to the Flipp app to find these and more ingredients on sale, and check out these other great tips on how to save money at the grocery store.