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July 26, 2007

Smart…It’s in Season

By Worker Bee
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In this week’s edition of Smart Fuel: the fruits of summer!

July is ripe for the nutritional picking. This is the best month of the year for stone fruits, tender fresh fish, berries, sweet sugar snap peas and green beans, and floral chanterelle mushrooms. The foods currently in season provide a perfect blend of healthy essential fatty acids, B vitamins, minerals, antioxidants, fiber and lean protein. Whether you have access to a nearby brook, orchard, wooded patch or simply a good farmer’s market, be sure to maximize the naturally smart combination July provides.

To eat now:

Stone fruits: enjoy apricots, plums, peaches and nectarines (apricots in particular are at their best for several more weeks).

Apricots

Farlane Flickr Photo (CC)

Fish: try perch, rainbow trout, brown trout, and mackerel (delicate and delicious protein source).

Rainbow trout

ProjectDP Flickr Photo (CC)

Berries: go for gooseberries, blueberries, raspberries, and strawberries (look for sales!).

Blueberry

Garibaldi Flickr Photo (CC)

All things podded: dig in to sugar snap peas, green beans, and green peas (legumes are an excellent source of fiber and vitamins).

Sweet peas

CDW9 Flickr Photo (CC)

Gourmet touch: chanterelle mushrooms are abundant with phytochemicals and make a perfect pairing for fresh-water fish. These fragrant fungi are available now in many stores and markets. They grow wild in deciduous forests so you may be able to harvest a few for yourself. Psst…learn about mushrooms and picking safely here.

Chanterelle

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Crystal
Crystal
9 years 1 month ago

I’ve kind of lost my appetite for fungi. Thanks a lot Doug K.

Mark
9 years 1 month ago

Ha, Crystal! I think mushrooms are fine, but that’s just me. This post makes me want to go fishing now…

Donna
Donna
9 years 1 month ago

Did i hear “go fishing!” I always want to go Bass Fishing, and boat ride till the sun goes down! Donna

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Rebecca
Rebecca
5 years 13 days ago

Call me crazy, but aren’t legumes a no-no? Why then is this article recommending green beans, green peas and sugar snap peas? Don’t get me wrong, I love them but, I’m confused!?

Fred
Fred
4 years 8 months ago

So are these legumes permitted? (sugar snap peas, green beans, and green peas)

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