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Watermelon Basil Infused Water

Seasonal Summer Produce 

Summer is the largest growing season of the year, regardless of where you live, making the next few months prime time for produce based recipes.

While out of season produce has to be harvested early due to the time it takes to ship and distribute it, seasonal produce, which is grown locally, can be picked at peak freshness. This makes it fresher, more flavorful, and more nutritious.

Below are lists of produce that are in season throughout the summer.

Late Spring-Early Summer

Apricots

Cherries

New Potatoes

Peas

Rhubarb

Spring and Sweet Onions

Strawberries

Summer

Berries: Blackberries, Blueberries, Raspberries

Cantaloupes

Chickpeas (fresh)

Corn

Cucumbers

Mangos

Peaches

Plums

Summer Squash

Tomatoes

Zucchini

A number of herbs are also in season in the summer, including basil, mint, chives, dill, and tarragon. One way to take advantage of the full flavors of summer’s seasonal produce is by making fruit and herb infused waters. They’re a delicious way to stay cool and hydrated in the hot weather!

Watermelon Basil Infused Water

Ingredients:

½ gallon water

2 cups sliced watermelon

10 fresh basil leaves

Instructions:

Mix the ingredients together in a pitcher.

Chill in the fridge for at least 2 hours.

Add ice cubes and a sprig of basil.

Enjoy!

Cari Coulter