I am beyond excited you decided to take a look at this month's seasonal post and explore with me what's new and totally in season in July.
I love July. It's my birthday month which is reason enough to get excited. :) jajajaj no jk. I really love the month of July as almost every berry we could dream of is hitting "prime season" now. And not only the berries, so many fruits are regionally available now that it almost becomes a challenge to decide which ones to choose for a plant-rich breakfast, lunch and dinner.
Ready to explore what's in season in July in Germany? Read on.
As you know, I am a true fan of eating fresh and seasonal. Colors of seasonal fruits and veggies are more vibrant, they are usually the most economic choice. Plus, they are loaded with nutrients as they haven't been stored and shipped around the globe like some other veggie isle friends. But enough advertisement for seasonal veggies and fruits...let's explore the seasonal heroes of this beautiful summer month "July":
13. Plums / Yellow Plums
5. Green Beans
7. Celery Root
8. Broccoli / Romanesco
9. Cabbage (Chinese Cabbage, Red Cabbage, Pointed Cabbage, Savoy cabbage)
11. Sugar Peas
13. Spring Onion
18. Red Bell Pepper
19. Radish / Red Radish
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
Mushrooms: Champignons, Shiitake, King Oyster Mushroom, Chanterelles*
All of the above-mentioned veggies and fruits should be freshly available - either at your close-by Farmer's Market or at the veggie isle of your preferred supermarket.
*Note on mushrooms: Chanterelles are in season and farmed "wild" currently. Most of the other mushrooms are cultivated indoors and therefore available all year round.
Unfortunately, for the brilliant tropical fruits and veggies, we will always have to rely on imports but if we look at what's available fresh and regional here in Germany, there's very little need to fall back to imports during the summer season.
Well I make one little exception - onions. Luckily they are perfect to store for an all year round availability. :)
I had such a hard time to pick a seasonal hero this month as pretty much everything is in season now. (*I am not complaining, it feels like one of the best luxury problems ever :)).
As July is typically pretty hot all around Europe, cold lunches are an amazing choice. This Lentil Pasta Dish with fresh summer veggies is a wonderful simple creation for a hot summer day. It's easy to prep, cold and refreshing and loaded with tons of fresh plant nutrients.
Remember the less time has passed from harvest to plate, the more nutrients your veggie/fruit contains. Enjoy! :)
Cherries, peas, cucumber, tomatoes, zucchini and the entire array fresh berries are pretty much in season now. - this month couldn't get more exciting. 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
I hope I could inspire you with this article to befriend the veggie isle 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. Like 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