Summer Seasonal Produce Guide

With Summer halfway done, if you haven’t yet changed your spring to summer produce, there’s still time left!


Did you know there’s a special term for eating seasonally? It’s called ritucharya. Ritucharya is an Indian practice of Ayurveda which consists in learning about which foods you should and shouldn’t eat according to the seasons. This concept, usually applied in India, is to maintain health and prevent disease yet this can be applied anywhere in the world.


If this is your first-time hearing about eating seasonal produce and consuming locally, below are the 4 main benefits:


- Higher nutrient intake

- Produce tastes better and is of higher quality

- Cost efficient

- Reduces your carbon footprint as many out of season produce is imported


If you want to learn more about the numerous benefits of eating seasonal produce, read our spring and winter produce blog posts.


Below you’ll find 2 recipes, a delicious, quick and easy gazpacho recipe you need to try this summer and a personal favorite of mine:



Gazpacho Recipe


Ingredients:

- 2 ½ pounds ripe tomatoes

- 1 onion

- 1 cucumber

- 1 red or yellow bell pepper

- Fresh basil

- ¼ cup extra-virgin olive oil

- Sea salt and ground pepper


Add all of the ingredients in a food processor or blender, and your gazpacho is ready to be tasted!




Summer Tomato and Zucchini Tart.



Ingredients:

- 1 puff pastry dough

- 2 tomatoes

- 1 zucchini

- 2 tablespoons of mustard (less or more according to your preference)

- Goat or Feta cheese (if vegan or lactose intolerant, you can skip this step)

- Sea salt and ground pepper

- Thym (to your liking)



Steps:

1. Take your puff pastry dough and spread it in a pan. With a fork, make little holes.

2. Spread the mustard on the dough.

3. Wash the vegetables and cut them into thin slices. Spread them evenly on the dough and add your cheese preference. Sprinkle sea salt, ground pepper and thym or any other herbs.

4. Put the tart into the oven for 35-45 mins, or check regularly until cooked.


Your tart is now ready! You can eat it on its own, add a salad or any side dish of your choice



Hope you enjoyed this summer seasonal produce guide and feel free to share with us your favorite summer recipes using seasonal produce!




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