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Ben’Nisha’s Kitchen – June 2019

Eat Seasonal

With the abundance of seasonal produce that the Sunshine state provides, it’s a great time to add some
colorful and nutritious variety to our meals this summer. Eating seasonal produce gives us maximum
freshness and flavor. Florida offers a wide variety of fruits, vegetables, and herbs in every season. In the
table below are a few summer seasonal highlights that can be found in grocery stores at reasonable

  • Avocados
  • Eggplant
  • Passion fruit
  • Basil
  • Guava
  • Mushrooms
  • Watermelon
  • Parsley
  • Lychee
  • Peanuts
  • Carambola
  • Mint

Spotlight Mangoes

Mangoes come in two major varieties. The red/yellow mangoes originated in India, and the pale green
mangoes reign in the Philippines. Mangoes are rich in vitamins and minerals that aid in overall health.
They benefit digestion, skin, heart health, and immune system. Mangoes can be enjoyed plain or
prepared in multiple ways and can be stored up to two weeks in the refrigerator.

Buy Local

When you decide to purchase produce at local farmers’ markets, you get the most nutritious value from it. Local produce is picked at optimum times, and you can be confident in knowing where the food you’re providing to your family is coming from. Buying locally also helps support regional farmers and builds connections in the community. There is a boost in a community’s economy when we shop local. Come out to the Saturday Morning Summer Market in Williams Park, which runs from June to August from 9:00 a.m.–1:00 p.m.

Summer Recipe

Mango Salsa
Find this recipe here

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