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5 Ways to Savor the Flavors of Summer

5 Ways to Savor the Flavors of Summer

There’s only one thing in my mind that rivals the warmth and fun of summer: the taste of summer. Fresh ripe berries, summer squash, right-off-the-vine tomatoes—not much compares to these magnificently flavorful foods.

As you swing into summertime, here are a few fresh ideas for seasonal snacks and sippers.

1. Homemade Berry Juices or Spritzers

Making homemade juice from berries is as simple as boiling water, mashing some fruit, and adding some ice, honey or sugar, and a sprig of mint, if you please. Add some fizz by including a dash of soda water. For the freshest flavor, use berries picked on a local farm (pickyourown.org is a great place for finding a farm near you).

2. Watermelon Sorbet

Whipping up sorbet might sound time-consuming, but it’s oh-so-simple. To make cool, satisfying sorbet from watermelon, you only need four ingredients! Find complete instructions in the article In Praise of Watermelon.

3. Preserved Tomatoes

Tomatoes bought in the grocery store at any ol’ time of the year have nothing on homegrown, summer tomatoes (in terms of flavor, nutritional value and more). If you want to enjoy that incomparable tomato flavor year-round, try some different food-preservation techniques. Preserving Garden Tomatoes will tell you your options and lead you through making all kinds of recipes.

4. Classic Pesto

This is another summer treat that only requires a few ingredients to make. Follow the simple recipe in Pesto: Full of Flavor! and toss your finished product with pasta, dip veggie slices in it, blend it with cream cheese for a spread … the list could go on. Pesto is easy to preserve for later use by making pesto cubes with an ice cube tray. Store the cubes in a Ziploc bag in the freezer.

5. Cucumber Mint Salad

I’ve always loved classic, vinegary cucumber and onion salads—but even more delightful and much more unique is a cucumber mint salad with an olive oil and maple syrup dressing. Get the full instructions for making this dish in Healthy Summer Recipes.

I hope you enjoy these ideas! Just for fun, please leave a comment and let everyone know your favorite way to delight in the flavors of summer.

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Shelley Stonebrook

Shelley Stonebrook is an Associate Editor at Mother Earth News—North America’s most popular magazine about sustainable, self-reliant living—where she works on exciting projects such as Organic Gardening content and the Vegetable Garden Planner. Shelley is particularly interested in organic gardening, small-scale, local food production, waste reduction, food preservation and cooking. In her spare time, she posts in her personal blog, The Rowdy Radish.

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12:44AM PDT on May 23, 2013

Reading this article has heightened my anticipation for summer and made me realise one of the reason why I love the season so much, despite the heat. Thanks for sharing.

10:02AM PDT on May 20, 2013

Thanks for sharing

11:19AM PDT on Apr 15, 2013

Good ideas,thanks for sharing

5:13PM PDT on Aug 27, 2012

yum

12:15PM PDT on Jul 31, 2012

great ideas

8:24AM PDT on Jul 31, 2012

So very tasty and delightful, nothing like summer foods!

2:00AM PDT on Jul 25, 2012

thankyou very much.

4:20AM PDT on Jul 23, 2012

great

11:57AM PDT on Jul 20, 2012

thx

1:05AM PDT on Jul 13, 2012

Thanks for the article .

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