5 June Superfoods To Try In Your Recipes

In addition to warmer temperatures, vacations and the return of backyard barbecues, summer is also a wonderful time to start putting everything you’ve learned in your culinary classes to good use!

June is a great month for fresh produce. Local farmers markets and large chain stores alike will soon be teeming with fruits and veggies, and some of these precious gems are actually superfoods. These types of products are known to have a variety of health benefits, including preventing diabetes, obesity, degenerative diseases and even wrinkles!

To take your culinary academy skills to the next level and live a balanced lifestyle, start researching recipes with these excellent June superfoods:

Who doesn’t love sinking their teeth into a sweet cherry pie during summertime? Besides being a delicious fruit that is perfect for the baking & pastry arts, cherries are excellent all on their own! They are also chock-full of vitamin C, fiber and lycopene, all of which are excellent sources of nutrition, no matter who you are.

Being hydrated in the summer is crucial, and at 96 percent water, cucumbers are a welcome grocery item to many refrigerators to beat the June heat. An excellent addition to any salad or sandwich, cucumbers are perfect for dipping into your favorite sauces. Need an added bonus? Cucumbers are also full of vitamins A, C and K, magnesium and potassium.

This lesser-known veggie may be one of the healthiest items you can find at your local market. Okra is packed with nutrients like fiber, vitamins A, B6, C and K, calcium, magnesium and more. There are countless ways to prepare it as well, from traditional Southern-style deep frying to roasting with Indian spices like cumin and turmeric.

The peak season for papaya is in early summer, so chances are you can find this yellow-orange fruit at a great price! Just one medium papaya holds 70 percent of the daily recommended intake of vitamin A and three times the recommended amount of vitamin C! They are a welcome addition to salads and are perfect for dipping into Greek yogurt.

Considered to be a cross between peaches and cherries, plums are great eaten whole, but are also a perfect fruit to use in a variety of recipes. Plum chutneys in particular are great for sandwiches as well as Indian dishes. As sturdy fruits, they are also a welcome addition to fruit kebabs and parfaits.

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