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Sunday, 11 August 2019

Some Foods In Season During August

What's in season in August

As summer (in the Northern Hemisphere) hits its peak, seasonal fruit and vegetables in August need minimal cooking to create delicious meals. Juicy tomatoes are a great base for easy summer salads – pair with griddled sweetcorn, creamy mozzarella or fresh basil for classic flavour combinations. For dessert, sweet nectarines, raspberries and plums can be enjoyed raw or blitzed into fruity ice creams, smoothies and cocktails for refreshing treats.

Simple salads of fresh tomatoes are a highlight of summer. Look for bright and firm tomatoes with wrinkle-free skins that are not split, and have a sweet, earthy scent. If sold on the vine, choose a thick, strong vine with tightly attached tomatoes. It's best not to put tomatoes in the fridge as this will impair their flavour and texture.
Some recipes you may like to try:
Summer Tomato Pie, it's low carb, more details here
Slow Roasted Tomato Salad, only 3.7 carbs per serving, more details here
Vittoria tomato tricolore salad, perfect for summer and it's LCHF, more details here

This versatile green vegetable is tender and easy to cook. The smaller the courgette/zucchini, the more flavour it has. Choose ones that are shiny and firm to the touch. Courgettes/Zucchini are in season from mid-June to mid-September.
Some recipes you may like to try: 
Spinach and ricotta lasagne with courgette pasta, more details here
Courgette / Zucchini Pizza Boats, something a little different, more details here
Italian-style courgette/zucchini and parmesan soup, more details here 

British plums are wonderfully versatile and can simply be eaten as they are or used in sweet late summer bakes. With a smooth, chalky skin and juicy flesh, this succulent British fruit are in season from August to October. Varying in colour from golden to purple, popular varieties include Victoria and Marjorie Seedling.
Some recipes you may like to try:
Honey-baked plums with mascarpone, details are here
Pork and Plum casserole, details are here
Vienna Plum Cake, it's low carb and gluten free, details are here

Although similar in taste and appearance to peaches, nectarines are slightly more acidic, with a smoother skin. Ripe nectarines have no green patches and are firm but give a little when gently squeezed. Keep in a fruit bowl and move to the fridge once ripe. 
Some recipes you may like to try:
Almond crêpes with avocado & nectarines, more details here
Nectarines with velvety vanilla cream, (perhaps use a low carb sugar substitute), more details here
Griddled nectarine and ham salad with basil dressing, more details here

Raspberries are a member of the rose family (along with apples, cherries and blackberries) and are made up of small juicy rounds called drupelets. Due to their delicate nature, it’s vital to store raspberries correctly. Keep in the fridge, arranged in a single layer on a sheet of kitchen paper.
Some recipes you may like to try:
White Chocolate Raspberry Lolly (Popsicle), low carb and dairy free, more details here 
Raspberry Cream Cheese Mug Cupcake, low carb and so delicious, more details here
Raspberry Baked Custard Dessert, more details here

I wonder what would be your favourite from the above?
Mine would be raspberies ...

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All the best Jan


Maria Rodrigues said...

Great post.

Christine said...

August is a wonderful month for foods!

Tom said...

...I've about all of them this week.

Bleubeard and Elizabeth said...

I agree Jan.. Raspberries would be my favorite, but tomatoes are a staple in my diet, so I can't forget them. I enjoy these monthly food experiences.

Iris Flavia said...

I haven´t been to the market on Saturday so I will get tomatoes from ALDI - they are better, too (if you can get "Tasty Tom" give them a try).
Pretty "cold" (for the season) and rainy this year over here...

Elephant's Child said...

I do like to eat seasonal food. Not only are they cheaper they usually taste MUCH better too.

Valerie-Jael said...

I, too, love this time of the year for all the fresh fruit and veggies. Valerie

Jo said...

I love all those, hard to choose a favourite.

CJ Kennedy said...

So many choices! 😋

PerthDailyPhoto said...

Gorgeous seasonal fruit and veg Jan! Personally my fav would be the tomatoes, can't resist juicy flavoursome tomatoes. But everything looks pretty delish 🍅

My name is Erika. said...

You are making me hungry just looking at this photo. I'll take a peach and some raspberries since it is still breakfast time for me. Happy new week! Hugs-Erika

Miss Val's Creations said...

I would not be able to pick a favorite from these. They are all delicious and part of my regular diet.

Sally said...

My favorite's? All except plums; for some reason or other.

We love all fresh vegetables; in fact I'm going today! Thank you for the reminder! :)


Anonymous said...

All so nice. To choose only one would be raspberries.


happyone said...

Lots of red in season!! : ) All looks delicious.

bill burke said...

I love them all, yum!

Teresa said...

Me encanta todo. Saludos.

Gloria Baker said...

I love all of this!! looks wonderful !!

William Kendall said...

Raspberries is mine.

Lady Caer Morganna said...

These are delicious foods! I love fall!

Phil Slade said...

I have noticed how the Spanish nectarines are especially good this year - and very reasonably priced. I think they must vary according to the Spanish weather, and of course this year has been very hot.