Fiddleheads - Featured Vegetable of the Month

Fiddleheads

One of the many signs of spring is seeing fiddleheads sprout from the earth. For centuries, fiddleheads have been a traditional spring delicacy in many American Indian dishes. Fiddleheads are the fronds that grow from the earth from ferns. Not all fiddleheads are edible, but the ostrich fern (Matteuccia struthiopteris) fiddleheads are.

Featured Fruit/Vegetable - Leafy Greens

Leafy Greens

Good taste and crunchy texture, wonderful colors and fragrances, eating a large serving of fresh, raw vegetables each day can have great health benefits.

Fruit/Vegetable of the Month - Tomatoes

Tomatoes

Health Benefits: Tomatoes can help to lower cholesterol, LDL cholesterol and triglycerides. Tomatoes are a good source of lycopene, vitamin C, beta-carotene, vitamin E and manganese.

Blueberries

Blueberries, one of the essential berries, are one of the most popular berries across the world. Originally, American Indians used blueberries for their many health bene ts, versatility and medicinal properties. Native to the Americas, blueberries grow in the forests of U.S. and Canada.

Fruit of the Month - Pears

Pears

Pears are among the most popular fruits in the world, and it’s no wonder why. They are sweet, delicious, and versatile. Eating a variety of fruits and vegetables is the foundation of a healthy lifestyle, and pears can be a wonderful part of your menu.

Beets - Featured Vegetable

Beets

Although beets did not originate on the continental United States, Native Americans have long used beets for food and art, adding rich color to their daily life. The ROOT and GREENS of the beet are both edible. The beet root is the sweetest in the root vegetable family.

green beans

Green Beans

Green beans, commonly referred to as string beans or snap beans, are a great fat-free, low-calorie snacking option or easy side dish when pairing with any meal. Be aware that canned beans (unless noted otherwise) contain added sodium. Fresh and frozen are a great option; if you or your family are more familiar with the texture of a canned bean, fresh or frozen varieties can be cooked a little longer for a softer bean without the added sodium.

Healthy Potato Leek Soup

Leeks

Leeks are in the onion family, but are sweeter and more delicate. Wild leeks, or “ramps”, resemble a scallion. They are native to North America. You can find them growing in the woods, typically in the shade and in our northern climate — well into the summer.

Figs

Figs

Figs are a mildly sweet treat that is considered a fruit, but it is actually an inverted flower. Figs ripen – and partially dry – on the tree. If the fig is grown in a more humid climate, it is dried after harvesting.

Berries - July Featured Fruit / Vegetable of the Month

Berries

WHERE to FIND: The abundance of fresh ripe berries is one of the pleasures of summer. The roadsides are filled with signs to let you know where the wild berries will be. Keep an eye on the blossoms and you will know where to go picking these delicious treats mid-to-late summer.