3 Easy Tips for Seasonal Late-Summer Substitutions

3-Easy-Tips-for-Seasonal-Late-Summer-Substitutions

Bringing freshly grown produce into your everyday cooking.

In today’s plentiful culture of food, we’re lucky to have access to the fruits and vegetables we love no matter what time of year it is. If we have a craving, we can bite into a peach in the middle of winter or make a delicious pumpkin pie in the early spring.

But nothing compares to fresh and seasonal foods picked and eaten when they’re at their best. 

Sweet and Zesty Rapini

Sometimes, though, we forget what a difference it makes. In those moments, it can be as simple as substituting a seasonal fruit or vegetable for an old favourite to rediscover the flavours we’ve been missing. Instead of sautéed broccoli, try seasonal rapini, available from the late summer through to late autumn.

Pair the slightly bitter vegetable with a hint of maple syrup or Billy Bee Honey and a squeeze of lemon juice!

Zucchini Bread

The late summer and early fall are perfect for growing squash and members of the squash family, and zucchini is no exception. But as one of the least sweet of the squashes, it’s a tough sell for younger members of the family. With the sweet addition of Billy Bee Honey, though, you can turn zucchini and apples (another fall treat) into a delicious bread that rivals the taste and texture of its banana-heavy competition!

Nutritious Twists

And one of the benefits of seasonal produce is that it’s when they’re most nutritious. At the height of their growing season, carrots are bursting with beta-carotene and vitamin C, as well as natural sugars to give them a subtle sweetness. With a long season, they make a year-round substitution for a healthy take on sweet potato fries, just substitute the veggie!

Summer is the perfect season to try a twist on the traditional. Check out your local famers’ market to get the best of August vegetables!

Need a little inspiration? We’re ready with a few suggestions.