Celebrate National Farmers Market Week with these flavorful summer recipes
All tomatoes are an excellent source of vitamin C, which helps fend off heart disease and cancer and has been shown in some studies to boost the immune system and even prevent arthritis. Tomatoes are also a good source of vitamin A which is good for eye development and healthy skin. Heirloom tomatoes tend to be a good source of potassium and the antioxidant lycopene.Basil, when used in large quantities as it is in this recipe, is a good source of iron, calcium, potassium and vitamin C.
Raspberries are a good source of vitamin C, iron, and folate. They also contain the antioxidant lycopene, which is the reason they are red. Lycopene is thought to protect against heart disease and cancers of the prostate, cervix, and colon. Peaches are a good source of vitamin A, the vitamin that is so vital to proper eye development. They also contain carotenoids, which can reduce the risk of lung cancer and heart disease.
Fresh corn is one of the tastes of summer. This recipe should only be prepared with super fresh corn. You’ll be well rewarded for waiting until it’s in season. Also, keep a supply of toothpicks handy for the end of the meal.
All tomatoes are an excellent source of vitamin C, which helps fend off heart disease and cancer and has been shown in some studies to boost the immune system and even prevent arthritis. Tomatoes are also a good source of vitamin A which is good for eye development and healthy skin. Heirloom tomatoes tend to be a good source of potassium and the antioxidant lycopene.
Either Chinese or Japanese eggplants can be used. Both have a delicate flavor and thinner skin. The Chinese eggplant is a paler shade of purple and the Japanese eggplant has a darker color similar to the American eggplant. The Japanese eggplant is more bitter than its Chinese cousin, but both are quite acceptable. If the eggplants are young they don’t need to be peeled.
Kale is the richest source of lutein, a compound which reduces the risk of
age-related vision problems. Kale is also a rich source of vitamins A, D, and
K. This super-healthy, very tasty vegetable can be added to your favorite
recipes for soup, stew, and pasta. Shell beans are a good source of cholesterol-lowering fiber, as are most other beans. Shell beans are also a very good source of folate and manganese and a good source of protein, thiamin, and iron. Thiamin helps turn carbohydrates into energy.
Watermelon contains the antioxidant lycopene. The fruit not only
tastes great on a hot summer day, it may also help quench the
inflammation that contributes to conditions like asthma, atherosclerosis,
diabetes, and arthritis. Red watermelon is also an excellent
source of vitamin C.