You may remember our post about what’s in season for spring, and now we’re breaking down summer. There’s tons of fresh produce available this time of year. Peaches, sweet corn and blueberries are summertime staples, but venture out this year and try produce like figs, okra and tomatillos, which are also in-season.

Take a look at what is in-season for summer below, and share your favorites in the comments!

1. Apricots

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Apricots have a pretty short season, that runs through the end of July, so catch them when you can. Some varieties of the fruit are only available for a few weeks in late June, early July.

2. Bell Peppers

Bell peppers are available most of the year, but this versatile vegetable is at its peak in the summer. Pick one up in every color and use them in recipes like Garden-Stuffed Yellow Squash and Mediterranean Stuffed Peppers.

3. Blackberries

Sweet blackberries hit their stride in May and last until October. Use them with another summertime fruit in our Blackberry and Peach Crisp or as a topping for Wilted Spinach, Blackberry and Goat Cheese Salad.

4. Cherries

Grab some fresh, sweet cherries while you can, usually available through July.

5. Sweet Corn

It just isn’t summer without grilled sweet corn on the cob. Take a look at 12 of our favorite recipes using the in-season veggie.

7. Figs

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Figs are usually available beginning late June. They’re great for everything from appetizers to desserts.

8. Okra

Pick up some fresh okra, beginning in late June. Oven-Fried Okra is a quick, simple and delicious way to use it.

9. Peaches

Arguably one of the most popular summer fruits, peach season is at its peak in July and August. Peaches and Cream Freezer Pie, Bourbon Peach BBQ Pork Chops, and Peach-Blackberry Shortcakes are all tasty ways to use the fruit.

10. Zucchini

Fresh zucchini can be found most of the year, but it tastes best from May through September. Use the fresh veggie in Baked Zucchini Mostaccioli or Zucchini, Corn and Tomato Salad. Then learn how to blanch and freeze it for use later in the year.

11. Watermelon

No picnic is complete without fresh watermelon. Try it in something new like Watermelon Gazpacho or a Mediterranean Watermelon Salad.

12. Raspberries

Raspberries have a pretty long season, but they are best in the summer months. Use them in our Raspberry Lime Tart or Spinach Salad with Raspberry Vinaigrette.

13. Tomatoes

Another summertime staple, fresh-from-the-vine tomatoes peak in the summer months, and are available until November. Check out 12 of our favorite recipes using tomatoes.


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