The Magnificent SEVEN: Seasonal Fruits & Vegetables (3 of 3)

The final three members of the Magnificent Seven are chard, peaches and corn. The bright and sunny possibilities are endless and once summer’s gone, it’s just not the same. So get busy now, or come in and find them popping up in our weekly chef’s features!

Chard

Beet leaves in sunlightTender, young chard is most often used raw in salads while the more mature chard leaves and stalks are typically cooked or sautéed, mainly because they can have a bitter quality that mellows and becomes more delicate. Chard is a classified as a biennial and harvesting is a continuous process, as most species of chard produce three or more crops.

Nutritionally chard is packed with vitamins, minerals, dietary fiber, and protein.

 

Peaches

Ripe sweet peach fruits growing on a peach tree branchWith dozens of varieties to choose from, peaches vary radically in color, flavor and size. But when it comes to classifications there are just two- freestone and clingstone. Freestone is when the stone or pit pulls easily away from the flesh. Clingstone, just like the name implies, is when the stone clings stubbornly to the flesh. Mainly, the Freestones are considered your garden variety and what is most commonly purchased in stores.

Lucky for us, peaches have a long growing season and are readily available from May-October. When buying them for yourself, look for peaches that give slightly to palm pressure and smell fragrant. They are sensitive and bruise easily so handle with care when you are testing them out.

Great in pies, as a fresh chutney topping for pork (exactly how we did it last weekend) or fish or incorporated into salads, peaches are a seasonal, juicy and healthy ingredient.

Corn

Summer is synonymous with corn and Americans love it!

White corn is typically smaller and sweeter while yellow is bigger and more favorable. But corn also comes in colorful red, blue, brown and purple.

Look for bright green tight husks and milky plump kernels and wait till just before cooking to separate the silk and husk.

Cooking methods run the gamut, including boiling, (with much debate on as to precisely how long), grilling, roasting, sautéing, and simmering.

At Alpine we would love to help you explore some creative uses of summer fruits and vegetables. We recently created an 8oz. Bone in Pork Chop topped with a beautiful Peach Chutney. Delicious. Taste the Summer Seasonal Ingredients. Taste the Love. Follow us on Facebook to see what we’re preparing just for you!