It’s finally summer, and in Chicago where we’re headquartered, that means the farmer’s markets are finally open again, and teeming with bounty from the earth. To celebrate the arrival of fresh, seasonal and local goodness, we’re dedicating this week’s Friday Favorites to our top five late spring and early summer veggies. Which are your faves?
The harbingers of spring, regal, delectable stalks of asparagus are loaded with anti-oxidants, fiber, and protein. A digestive aid, nutrients in asparagus aid with the absorption of vitamins and minerals, and it has been indicated in reducing risk of colon cancer. Read more about asparagus’s nutritional qualities here and here.
Cool asparagus recipes from some of our favorite foodie blogs:
Not just for your pasta salad, anymore! Pretty little vibrant green pebbles, sweet peas are full of Vitamin C, and also a great source of fiber. To find out more about the nutritional values of sweet peas, read this and this.
Cool sweat pea recipes from some of our favorite foodie blogs:
Packed with a refreshing and invigorating spice, radishes are known for their cleansing and detoxifying properties. They are a good source of Vitamin C and the B-complex vitamins. Read more about radishes’ nutrional values here and here.
Cool radish recipes from some of our favorite foodie blogs:
A nutritional powerhouse and ultimate super food, spinach is a breast and skin cancer fighter and is loaded with calcium and Vitamin C to help maintain strong bone health. Learn more about all the ways spinach is good for you here and here.
Cool spinach recipes from some of our favorite foodie blogs:
Zucchini and Summer Squash
A serving (1 cup) of zucchini or summer squash with its skin on (most of the nutrients are in the skin, so don’t peel them) contains 60% of your bodies daily requirement of Vitamin D. High in fiber and low in calories, these squashes may assist in blood sugar regulation. Read more about their nutritional properties here and here.