Summer Ingredients

Weather: typically hot

Techniques:

Anise hyssop

Apricots (peak: June)

Arugula (peak: spring/summer)

Avocados (peak: spring/summer)

Bamboo shoots (peak: spring/summer)

Basil (peak: summer)

Beans, e.g., cranberry, fava, green, lima

Bell peppers (peak: spring/summer)

Berries (peak: spring/summer)

Blackberries (peak: June)

Blueberries (peak: July)

Boiled dishes

Bok choy (peak: summer/autumn)

Boysenberries (peak: June)

Callaloo

Celery (peak: summer/autumn)

Chard (peak: summer/autumn)

Cherries

Chickpeas, fresh

Chiles, poblano

Chilled dishes and beverages

Cilantro (peak: spring/summer)

Corn (peak: July-August)

Cucumbers (peak: August)

Currants, black

Dill (peak: spring/summer)

Edamame

Eggplant

Elderberries and elderflower

Escarole (peak: summer/autumn)

Fennel pollen (peak:spring/summer)

Figs (peak: August)

Flowers, edible

FRESHNESS

Garlic (peak: August)

Goji berries (peak: summer/autumn)

Grapes (peak: summer/autumn)

Greens, e.g., beet, leafy, mizuna

Grilled dishes

Grilling

Guavas (peak: summer/autumn)

Herbs, cooling, e.g., basil, cilantro, dill, fennel, licorice, marjoram. mint

Horseradish (peak: summer/autumn)

Huckleberries

Ice cream

Ices and granitas

Jackfruit

Kohlrabi (peak: summer/autumn)

Lamb’s quarter

Lettuce, e.g., green leaf, lamb’s, red leaf

Limes (peak: June)

Loquats

Lychees

Mangoes (peak: spring/summer)

Melons, e.g., cantaloupe (peak: August)

Miso, light

Mushrooms, e.g., chicken of the woods, hedgehog, lobster, porcini

Nectarines (peak: July)

Nettles (peak: spring/summer)

Noodles, e.g., chilled, somen

Okra (peak: August)

Onions (peak: August)

Onions, green

Onions, red (peak: July); Vidalia (peak: June)

Papalo

Papayas (peak: summer/autumn)

Peaches (peak: July – August)

Pears, Bartlett (peak: August)

Peas (peak: spring/summer)

Picnics

Plums (peak: August)

Potatoes, e.g., new (peak: spring/summer)

Puddings, summer

Purslane

Raspberries (peak: June – August)

Raw foods (salads)

Salads, e.g., fruit, green, pasta

Salsas, fresh

Savory, summer

Sea beans

Shallots (peak: summer/autumn)

Slaws

Snow peas (peak: June – July)

Sorbets

Soups, chilled, e.g., fruit, gazpacho

Spices, cooking, e.g., peppercorns, white; turmeric

Sprouts, daikon (peak: spring/summer)

Squash, summer, e.g., pattypan, yellow, zucchini

Steamed dishes

Stone fruits, e.g., peaches, plums

Strawberries (peak: spring/summer)

Summer rolls

Tarragon

Thyme

Tomatillos (peak: August)

Tomatoes

Vegetables, green leafy

Watercress

Watermelon

Zucchini and Zucchini blossom (peak: July)

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