How to shop in season this August

Suzanne Leyden, qualified nutrition, health and wellness coach and owner of The WellNow Co. describes what’s in season this month and highlights some healthy, simple and delicious recipes.

An effective way to keep grocery shopping costs down is to buy local and seasonal produce. August is an excellent time to make the most of it, with so many fresh fruit and vegetables grown and sold in Ireland coming into season this month.

We have many options, which is a great opportunity to explore more ingredients and recipes to cover more variety. The more variety in the plant-based products we eat, the more nutrients we are getting into our systems, a great way to help us stay healthy and well.

Here’s what’s in season in August in Ireland:

  • Apples: cooking (from storage)
  • beet root
  • black currants
  • Blueberry
  • broad beans
  • Broccoli
  • Cabbage
  • Carrot
  • Cauliflower
  • Celery
  • Zucchini
  • Cucumber
  • green beans
  • Lettuce
  • Marrow
  • Mushrooms
  • Onion
  • pak choy
  • Parsnip
  • Green peas
  • Peppers
  • Potatoes (New)
  • Radish
  • raspberries
  • Rhubarb
  • spring onions
  • strawberries
  • Tomatoes

Prescriptions

It was hard to decide which fruits and vegetables to incorporate into this month’s selection of recipes, but I thought they sounded particularly tasty. You can always look to RTÉ recipes for many more options (warning: you can waste a lot of time daydreaming through the deliciousness!)

Peppers

Roasted Pepper Salad with Feta

While some people may find bell peppers difficult to digest, especially the skin, once cooked they may be better tolerated. They are nutrient dense and high in vitamin C and A. They also contain folic acid, potassium, and niacin along with a long list of phytonutrients. Definitely one to regularly include in your diet if you can.

cucumbers

Kevin’s Cucumber Vegetable Roll-Ups

Kevin Dundon’s Cucumber Veggie Rolls sound perfect to liven up any picnic or lunchbox this summer.

Cucumbers are low in nutrients and have almost no calories. Its seeds are rich in vitamin E and contain some vitamins A and C in addition to a variety of phytonutrients.

blueberries

Banana Bread with Blackberries

Indy Power’s Blueberry Banana Bread Recipe is a lovely way to use ripe bananas alongside seasonal blueberries. Perfect for a picnic, play date or lunch box.

Blueberries are rich in vitamins C and A and have a variety of minerals and phytonutrients. Their sweetness and consistency make them a popular candy on their own.

Adventurous

Summer is a time when we think about going to new places and embarking on adventures. Extending this idea to food can also be a fun activity. Trying new flavors and ingredients and always adding to the variety of what we eat can help our health and well-being.

Enjoying these foods with friends and family can also enhance the experience by connecting and strengthening relationships. Everyone brings a different plant-based dish, salad or side dish, and you have a fun summer feast to enjoy.

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