Top 10 Juice Ingredients to Squeeze in Today
Although they may vary slightly, depending on your region, it’s important to have an understanding of what the best fruits and vegetables are for every season throughout the year.
Why be “in the know” about the seasonality of produce?
Here are a couple reasons:
- If a fruit or vegetable is in season, it’s typically fresher than any other time of year.
For example, Florida blueberries are in season during the spring months, so you know if you are buying Florida blueberries around that time, you will have the freshest, best-tasting product. Finding blueberries in the fall or winter means they are likely from another region or have been stored somewhere.
- When a fruit or vegetable is in season, there is typically an abundance of the product, which can drive costs down at the grocery store, as they have so much to get rid of before it goes bad.
Let’s face it, nothing tastes better than juice from a fresh, ripe fruit or vegetables.
Here are 6 of the best fruits and vegetables to be on the lookout for this summer.
Blueberries are the most nutrient dense berries. They contain fiber, vitamin C, vitamin K, and manganese. Sometimes called the “king of antioxidant” foods, blueberries can also reduce DNA damage, which may help protect your body against aging and cancer.
Domestically, blueberries are in season from April to September.
Cherries are bursting with antioxidants, phytochemicals, vitamins, nutrients, and fiber, all of which can help support a healthy system and may reduce the risk of certain types of cancers. States known for their cherries are California, Washington, Wisconsin, and Michigan – but we all look forward to those Flathead cherries here in Montana in the spring/summer!
The cherry season begins in May and extends through August throughout the country.
Peaches store a broad range of nutrients that are vital to healthy functioning of the body. Some of these nutrients include vitamin A, vitamin C, vitamin E, vitamin K, vitamin B1, B2, and B3. The peel of a peach possesses significant antioxidant properties. Peaches also possess anti-aging and anti-cancer properties.
Peaches are commonly in season from Mid-May to Mid-August.
Watermelons are mostly water, about 92%, but this refreshing fruit is also soaked with nutrients. Each juicy bite has significant levels of vitamin A, B6, and C, along with tons of lycopene, antioxidants, potassium and amino acids.
Watermelons are in peak season from May through September.
Cucumbers are a very healthy, refreshing vegetable with a mild taste. For these reasons, they are a great vegetable for juicing. Cucumbers are anti-inflammatory, antioxidants, with cancer prevention properties. They are high in vitamins A, B, and C which can all boost your immune system, give you energy and make your skin glow.
Cucumbers are said to be most in season from early June through August.
Tomatoes are good for your heart, kidney, hair, and skin, prevent several different types of cancers, help maintain strong bones, provide essential antioxidants, and even known to help repair damage caused by smoking.
Depending on the type of tomato, most varieties are in season during the summer months.
Now that you are in the know on what the best fruits and vegetables are in the coming months, check out the summer menu at Well Pared – we keep it fresh!