Eating Seasonal Series: In Season In August

AUGUST 14, 2021

Hey August, Please Stay Longer This Year!

I am beyond excited you decided to deep-dive into the world of fresh seasonal veggies, fruits and herbs with me. I'm so sure you will enjoy this post and feel inspired to visit a closeby farmer's market in the next few days to grab some fresh berries, zucchinis, tomatoes or, if you're super lucky, even pick them yourself at a nearby farm or neighbor's garden. 

Ready to explore what's in season in August in Germany? Read on.

Regional & Freshly Available Fruits & Veggies In August

As you know, I am a true fan of eating fresh and seasonal. The colors of seasonal fruits and veggies are so vibrant, the flavors are incredible and of course, let's not even mention the nutrient profile of freshly harvested tomatoes vs. internationally shipped tomatoes that traveled for months to arrive in the nearby supermarket. But enough advertisement for seasonal veggies and fruits...let's explore the seasonal heroes of this beautiful summer month "August": 

Seasonal Fruits

1. Apricots

2. Blackberries

3. Blueberries

4. Elderberry

5. Rasberry

6. Currant

7. Gooseberry

8. Mulberry

9. Nectarines

10. Peaches

11. Plums/Yellow plums

Seasonal Veggies

1. Carrot

2. Leek 

3. Cauliflower

4. Green Breans

5. Celery / Celery Root

6. Broccoli / Romanesco

7. Cabbage (Chinese, Pointed, Savoy)

8. Peas

9. Fennel

10. Spring Onion

11. (Early) Potatoes

12. Kohlrabi

13. Chard

14. Bell Pepper

15. Radish / Pink Radish

16. Cucumber 

17. Zucchini

18. Tomato

Greens & Herbs: Dill, Majoram, Tarragon, Mint, Parsley, Rosemary, Sage, Thyme, Chive, Chervil, Basil, Purslane, Radicchio, Pak Choi, Leaf Lettuce (Lollo Rosso), Arugula, Romanesco, Iceberg Lettuce, Spinach

Mushrooms: Champignons, Porcini*, Shiitake, King Oyster Mushroom, Chanterelles*

All of the above-mentioned veggies and fruits should be freshly available either at your close-by farmer'smarket or at the veggie aisle of your neighborhood  supermarket.

*Note on mushrooms: Chanterelles and porcini are in season and farmed "wild" currently. Most of the other mushrooms are cultivated indoors and therefore available all year round

Regional Fruits & Veggies "Freshly Available" From The Storage Cellar In August

Taking a look at the overview above, we definitely cannot complain when it comes to seasonal fruits and veggies in August. Berries, greens, herbs - almost everything is in season. This makes the decision-making process and the "what could I cook this week" incredibly hard if you ask me. But I definitely don't want to complain. There's nothing better in this world than locally grown "whole food seasonal produce". 

So if you can, try to swap out your favorite apple crumble recipe for a berry crumble and your chicory salad tacos for a radicchio boat taco. These fruits and veggies will be back in season sooner than you think :)

Now back to our seasonal heroes: In the following section, you'll find one of my favorite "super seasonal", healthy summer starters. 

August Eats: The Super Seasonal Dish Of The Month

For this month's special seasonal feature, I decided to pick one of my favorite seasonal fruits - gooseberries. And what makes them so special here is that gooseberries are only available as seasonal produce between July and August (sometimes in June as well but very rare). 

Gooseberries are loaded with nutrients and add so much excitement to dishes with their fresh, mildly sour taste. If you want to learn more about the beauties, take a look at this Gooseberry 101 post I wrote a few months ago. 

So here we go: This savory gooseberry salad with gooseberry salsa and umami crumble is a wonderful summer appetizer you can serve guests on a summer cookout or simply enjoy by yourself as an indulgent (but still healthy-ish) summer treat. Find the recipe details here. Enjoy! :)

Cooking In Season: August Recipe Inspiration

Gooseberries, blackberries, raspberries, currants, tomatoes and zucchinis are are all in season now and bring incredible, vibrant flavor to the table. Here are some of my favorite seasonal recipes. 

1. Refined Sugar-Free Wholegrain Berry Tart

2. Raw Spirulina Zoodles with Avocado-Basil Pesto

3. The Best Berry Summer Breakfast Bowls 

4. Plant-Based & super refreshing Tomato Gazpacho

5. Raw Cucumber-Cashew Cream Gazpacho

6. Currant-Chilaquiles with Chanterelles & Cashew-Basil Salsa

7. Vegan-Raw Zucchini Tacos with 3 nutrient-loaded Salsas

8. Vegan, Dairy-Free & Refined Sugar Free Berry Pancake Cake

9. Veggie Kohlrabi Fries with Vegan Mustard Mayo

Share Your Seasonal PLANT LOVE STORY 

I hope I could inspire you with this article to befriend the veggie aisle of your nearby supermarket, go pick some fresh berries on a nearby farmer's field, or plan a stroll across the local Farmer's Market soon. As always, I would love to see your delicious, seasonal creations and repost them on my social channels. So make sure to tag me on Instagram, Pinterest, Youtube or Facebook.

Besides, if you have any feedback for me, questions with regards to this post, my recipe or if you just want to say "hey", comment below or shoot me a personal message through my contact form

Love & Plants, Karo

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