On this blog, we’ve discussed seasonal eating before. It’s essentially the idea of eating foods when they’re ‘in season’, which is basically when they’re at the best from a nutritional profile and taste point of view. Here are the summer seasonal foods and why they’re good for you explained;

We’re in summer now, so lets discuss a few of the foods that are in season now and explain exactly why they are so good for you…

summer seasonal foods


The quintessential British summer fruit, strawberries are synonymous with picnics and the Wimbledon Tennis Championships. Their natural season typically lasts from June to August, when the fruit is at its biggest, juiciest and sweetest. A good strawberry is hard to beat, but aside from the great taste there are some useful nutritional benefits to eating your share of strawberries over the summer!

Why Strawberries are good for you…

Bell Peppers

Perhaps the least glamorous of the pepper world, bell peppers are a fantastically healthy and versatile ingredient. In season from June through the rest of the summer, bell peppers can be used in all kinds of ways – added to dishes as a bulking agent or used as a vessel for filling with meats, rice, cheeses etc. Typically green peppers have a slightly bitter taste, whereas the red, yellow and orange versions are typically sweeter.

Why Bell Peppers are good for you…

summer seasonal foods


Kippers aren’t particularly fashionable, nor do they spring to mind as an obvious choice for a list like this one, but throughout the summer kippers are at their seasonal best. A kipper is a fat, filleted herring that has (if made properly) has been brined and cold-smoked. This process reduces water content and adds a subtle, smokey flavour to the flesh of the fish.

Why kippers are good for you…


With the humble spud making up such a large chunk of the western diet, it’s easy to overlook it as an important health food. Potatoes are in season from June-October, meaning they’re at their best over the summer. Pick and eat them now and you’ll benefit from a versatile, low calorie and tasty food that packs a serious nutritional punch.

Why potatoes are good for you…

Summer Seasonal Foods continued: Tomatoes

Thanks to intensive farming and year-round growing technology, we have largely forgotten when tomatoes are in season. The truth is though, if you want high-quality, tasty and abundant tomatoes, you’ve got to wait until the summer. In my opinion, UK grown tomatoes aren’t worth eating until at least June, when they ripen to a lovely deep red colour and their true flavour comes out.

Why tomatoes are good for you…

The benefits of eating seasonally…

Eating foods at their best provides you with the highest concentration of vitamins, minerals and taste. It’s also when a food is at its most abundant, meaning it’s also usually much cheaper to buy.

summer seasonal foods

We live in an age where we can eat almost any food all year round, but it means we don’t experience food at its very best if we do that. Take some advice – look for summer seasonal foods when they are in season and enjoy them at their best! You’ll improve your health, your physique and the health of your wallet as well!

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