August seasonal produce is part 8 to my seasonal produce guide! Summer is coming to an end this month, so be sure to read this guide and stock up on your summer fruits and vegetables before its too late!
If you have missed any of the other guides you can catch up on them here!
What can I say about august fruits and august vegetables? Well, it’s no secret that summer season fruits are running rampant during this time! But not for long!! Plan ahead and get ready for autumn! Its right around the corner!
Apples are so resilient they will be around all year long! Looking further into the species of these summer season fruits there are a few that really stand out. Please note that these varieties of apples ripen during this time when weather is behaving normally. Dates are approximate.
- Mollies Delicious – is the first that comes to mind. Although they don’t relate to the other delicious varieties, these apples look quite similar. They have a sweet/ tart taste with yellow flesh and red skin.
- Gravenstein – apples are known among the culinary community because of their outstanding integrity during the cooking process. They are great for desserts, and during this time they find their way into lots of apple pie! A fully ripe Gravenstein apple will have creamy yellow flesh with red and green skin.
- Grimes Golden – This apple dates back to the 19th century and is an American native! There is speculation this apple is the ancestor of the golden delicious apple due to their similar look and taste. This apple is a winner hands down! Sweet and crisp, with a hint of spice.
When buying apples during this time, buy as local as possible! Ask your produce purveyors about their growing practices. Avoid any dark or mushy areas or discoloration in general.
This will be your last opportunity to grab these august fruits while they are at their peak. Look for firm, plump berries with smooth skin. Stay away from blueberries with shriveled skin or greenish red ones. Give your pack of blueberries a thorough check for any mold or moisture, these are bad signs.
August seasonal produce benefits from the nice melons! Perfect for snacking in the hot sun, these melons offer great sources of vitamins and nutrients. When buying these summer season fruits, be sure to buy cantaloupes with no bumps or bruises in the rind. Avoid any soft spots in your cantaloupe as well. A perfectly ripe cantaloupe should have a pleasant smell!
Being that cucumbers are roughly 96% water; they tend to go bad quicker than other august fruits. And YES, cucumbers are botanically considered a fruit. This is a crucial time to get your hands on special varieties of this summer season fruits. Please note that these varieties of cucumbers ripen during this time when weather is behaving normally. Dates are approximate.
- Persian Cucumber – these cucumbers brandish a dark green skin with thin visible shallow ridges. With a light green inner flesh, this august seasonal produce is firm and juicy with a delicious crunch!
- Lemon Cucumber – This one is a personal favorite of mine. This cucumber defies the status quo sporting an iconic round shape, with a light yellow skin. This cucumber gets its name from its shape and hue, not its flavor. These august fruits flavor is milder than the rest of its species.
When buying cucumbers, look for firm and vibrant fruits with no discolorations. Stay away from cucumbers with soft or mushy areas.
Figs require a special touch or know-how. Figs will not continue to ripen after picked so they must be picked at the perfect time. They shouldn’t be to firm, but you don’t want them mushy either. They must be soft, with a little give. Avoid figs with a sour smell or any discolored slimy areas. Mold is a deal breaker as well.
These summer season fruits are highly unheard-of, but a great addition to the August seasonal produce list. Most goose berries are grape- shaped and can feature a dark red color to a light green hue. These berries should be plump and firm. Avoid any gooseberries that appear to be shriveled or have a mushy/ mealy texture. Mold and dark brown discoloration are also a big no-no.
Grapes are much more diverse than the red and green varieties that we are accustomed to. Here are some grapes that fall into the august seasonal produce list!
- Muscadines – Known as the south’s native grape, these august fruits have a tough skin, and all have seeds. These are edible as is, but they are better for making wine! You can find these grapes in dark skinned and light orange varieties!
- Canadice – These are small, seedless, light-red grapes with a little tang. This is a very versatile grape due to these properties. It is often used in jams, jellies, juice, and wine.
- Jupiter – Awesome reddish blue and seedless, grows on the vine in bunches. These are primarily used as table grapes because they are so good!
Grape should be plump and not shriveled. Their color should be consistent throughout. Also check the stems, they should be green and pliable. Stay away from mold or excess moisture.
Buy ground cherries with intention of eating them in the next few days. Keep them in the husk until eating them. Be sure to give them a wash before implementing them in your recipes. With that being said, don’t buy ground cherries that aren’t in the husk. You also need to avoid all discoloration and off-putting smells.
Other than their hairless appearance, they still sport the typical peach color scheme. The reddish to yellowish mix will no doubt spark some resemblance to anyone. Buying these august fruits look alike can be a little objective. You want to buy a nectarine that is firm but has a little give. This is peak ripeness. When in doubt, buy a firmer nectarine. Avoid dark mushy areas or discoloration and be sure to check the top and bottom ends for any mold that could be hiding.
Peaches are one of my favorite august fruits EVER!! This is considered late season for peaches, so you have to grab them up quick! Here are some of my favorite varieties that you will only see on this august seasonal produce guide!
- Flamin’ Fury – There are many different types of peaches that fall into this series!They are all delicious! You will not believe these peaches! Check the link out for a more in depth guide!
- Arctic Supreme – These are beautiful white flesh peaches with a red blushed skin. Matter of fact, these august fruits give off a sweet tart flavor. Arctic supreme peaches are a two time taste test winner!
- Rio Oso Gem – If you find these august fruits, buy them asap! These are excellent peaches, especially for desserts! These peaches have a bright red skin with yellow flesh and taste of rich sweetness.
When buying peaches always ask about your farmers growing practices. You need to stay away from large amounts of pesticides. Regardless of the differences in varieties, all peaches should be bought with a firm flesh with just a bit of give. No matter what, avoid dark brown or black discoloration with soft or mushy areas. Check the top and bottom for the tricky mold that can hide there.
Pears are another one of the august fruits that come in varieties. These summer season fruits are remarkably diverse during this time, but like all fruit, some will fade away while others will rise to their peak!
- Bartlett Pears – These are extremely aromatic pears with the “iconic” pear flavor teeming through their abundance of juice! These august fruits are often found green but change to yellow as they ripen.
- Starkrimson Pears – These pears are named after their crimson red skin and thick stem. This summer season fruits addition has a mild sweet flavor and subtle aroma. This makes the Starkrimson pear perfect to eat raw or in a salad!
When buying pears, look for smooth unblemished skin with no black or brown areas. A little bruising is ok, but once its discolored stay away! Feel the area around the stem, it should be firm with a little give. Pears also continue to ripen so its ok if you buy one that is too firm.
Plum season begins and the august fruits are ripe for the picking! Plums are actually from the same family as peaches and nectarines, but that’s about it. Plums are their own class of summer season fruits. These tasty treats are commonly found sporting a dark red skin with white wax coating.
When buying plums, you want to procure flawless ingredients. Your plum should have a blemish free skin with no bruises or mushy areas. You want a softer plum, but a firm plum is acceptable because it ripens even after it is picked.
With this august seasonal produce, always buy in the husk! In addition, you want to make sure the skin underneath is unbroken and doesn’t have any soft or mushy areas. Your tomatillo should be firm. Look at any exposed areas, top, and bottom for any mold that could be hiding.
This august seasonal produce has a big extended family. And YES! TOMATOES ARE BOTANICALLY A FRUIT. A summer season fruit to be exact! When talking tomatoes, you got to get outside your comfort zone a bit. Instead of relying on colors alone, look for tomatoes that are plump, heavy, and fragrant. Scaring is somewhat normal on some heirloom varieties, but don’t pick tomatoes with broken skin.
Check out some of these varieties of tomatoes that are peak august fruits!
- Abraham Lincoln – This tomato is one of my favorite summer season fruits! With bright red skin, this tomato doesn’t have the bronze green foliage as we are used to seeing. This tomato is very “meaty” with distinctive acidic flavor!
- Brandywine – This august seasonal produce is a big one! The Brandywine tomato is a large, plump tomato with a thin skin brandishing a deep red color. The flesh is the same color as the skin. You will definitely enjoy their full bodied robust flavor with minimal acidity.
- Rebel Starfighter VT16 – This USA native was invented by Russell Crowe of Fairfax, Vermont. This unusual tomato is green when ripe with purple shoulders. It has very meaty and juicy green flesh. This tomato has a refreshing sweet taste and is unbelievably delicious.
When buying tomatoes, avoid all of these signs of going bad. Pick firm and heavy tomatoes. Don’t buy any tomatoes with bruises or soft and mushy areas. You also want to smell your tomatoes. If they have a pleasant smell, then your solid. Avoid any blue or white mold on the tomatoes as well.
Watermelons have a few different varieties, but these summer season fruits mostly have the same characteristics. You want to buy the darker green melons, as they are going into the ripe stage. Lighter melons are a gamble. Here are a few varieties of watermelon you have to try this season!
- Kingman – these oval/round melons are light green with medium green stripes, but on the inside is a seedless bright red flesh. It has an abundance of juices and a firm and crisp meaty inside!
- Harvest Moon – Dark green rind with YELLOW SPOTS!?!? This is the outlier melon, but its already building a reputation in the game by winning an AAS award. This is a smaller watermelon with crisp pink and red flesh that is absolutely delicious!
Your watermelon should feel heavy. If it doesn’t, move on to another. Lastly, use the thump test. Tap the watermelon on its underbelly if it sounds hollow then its good.
When buying basil, you want to buy the freshest possible due to the short shelf life. You want to stay away from any brown or black leaves that are slimy in texture. You want to avoid any moisture at all.
Black Eye Peas
Summer fruits and vegetables are nothing without what is considered a fresh shell bean, more specifically, the black eye pea. Black eye peas are legumes and august vegetables in season. When buying these in season vegetables, look for plump shells with little or no blemishes. The shells should be crisp, when you give a little pinch, you should feel fat peas inside.
Younger black eye peas with be in a moist shell. This is totally fine, that means they are fresh and cook quickly. They will also have a grassier earthy taste. Older shells will be drier and take longer to cook. You will feel the beans move around a bit in the pods.
Whether red or green, look for cabbage with tight leaves and firm heads. No matter what variety of cabbage you’re looking for, it should feel heavier than it looks. Avoid any discoloration or soft spots because this is a big sign of rot.
Chili peppers are august seasonal produce that come in many shapes, sizes, and varieties. With the different varieties comes varying heat intensities. Here are a few varieties of chili peppers that bring the heat to summer fruits and vegetables.
- Datil Pepper – this pepper is a native of St. Augustine Florida.These little orange peppers are a variety species of the Chinese “little lantern chili”. They have a 100,000 to 300,000 on the Scoville scale, making them similar to the habanero.
- Sport Pepper – These tiny delights are commonly found all over the southern US, but they are widely known as the pickled peppers on Chicago hot dogs! These august vegetables have a Scoville hot unit of 10,000 – 23,000 SHU. That means they are anywhere from 2 to 5 times hotter than a jalapeno!
- Biscayne – This is a hybrid pepper, which is summed up as an improved cubanelle. This pepper matures from greenish yellow to red. These peppers have long bodies with a sweet flavor throughout.
All peppers should have a shiny or glossy skin and a firm texture to them. Stay away from any peppers where the skin is broken, or the inside is exposed. Avoid any dark brown or black mushy spots all together.
Chives are in the allium family and are broken down into two subcategories. There are European chives and Chinese chives. Either way, you’re looking for green tubes with no yellowing or dark brown areas. Be sure you buy chives that are dry you don’t want any moisture on your chives.
Corn is my favorite vegetable in season. You can literally do anything you want with this July produce! Best thing to do is peel the husk back just a tiny bit. You want ears that have kernels going all the way up. Sometimes the corn gets harvested too early. You can test this by gently squeezing the cob all the way down to feel for “bald spots”.
Edamame are pretty much ripe soybeans. These delicious snacks are harvested before they dry out in their pods. These should be firm, bright green, and crisp. Avoid any extra moisture, slimy areas, or discoloration.
Eggplant, a type of august produce in the squash family, has a multitude of colors and sizes. This seasonal produce guide shows eggplant in purple, white, green, or orange hues. Looking for the best eggplant is simple though. First, check out some eggplant varieties available during this time.
- Black Beauty – This is one of the common varieties. Other varieties include ‘Black Magic’, ‘Purple Rain’, and ‘Early Bird’.
- Black Bell – This is the classic Italian eggplant. It has an oval to round shape with a deep purple-black, glossy skin.
- Fairy Tale Eggplant – These are delicate small eggplants. These august vegetables are white with purple stripes. Sweet with tender skin and few seeds.
You want to look for smooth, shiny, unblemished skin. This is a good sign of a heathy eggplant. Be sure to give it a couple gentle squeezes to see if it has a “spongy” feel.
Mature garlic heads should have a papery skin. The most important part of looking for garlic, is making sure all the cloves are covered by this outer skin. Ideally, garlic should be firm and free of bruises and mold. Avoid garlic that appears shriveled or has visible mold.
When bent in half, a ripe green bean should snap in half with crisp freshness. This august seasonal produce guide recommends buying a vibrant green bean with no discoloration. Avoid any blemishes or yellowing on your beans with absolutely no mold!
This produce guide features an amazing herb that has been used for thousands of years for more than just food. Nevertheless, lavender add a sweet accent to teas, coffee, and sweet dishes. Lavender should be vibrant and fragrant. Avoid any moisture or slimy areas. Definitely stay away from off putting smells.
Mint is used in cooking and medicine. Make sure your mint has perky leaves and stems. Your mint should be vibrant green with no brown spots or mold. Avoid all moisture on your mint. Fresh mint should be very aromatic, stay away from off putting smells.
A local favorite in the southern regions of the U.S. Okra has pseudo star shaped pods with a springy fibrous texture that range in size. Although okra can be found in various lengths, the sweet spot is 4-6 inches in length. Once the okra gets bigger than that, it can become quite fibrous.
Be sure to stay away from okra that has a slimy texture on the outside. These august vegetables in season should be firm, green, and crisp. Avoid any extra moisture, slimy areas, or discoloration.
Peas are a type of august vegetables that vary in size, color, and variety. You could come across white, purple, yellow, or the most common green pea. When purchasing these delicious plump pods, they should have a bright green hue. Avoid mushy and slimy pods with any discoloration.
There may be the most species of potatoes than any other august seasonal produce! With that being said, you cannot decide how to buy a potato based off color alone. Pick potatoes free of any mold (the most common is blue, white, or red) or mushy areas. You also want to avoid potatoes that have bruised or broken skin.
Rosemary is probably the most underused herb out there. It does pack a lot of flavors. Rosemary should be a bold green with an equally bod fragrance. Don’t buy rosemary with black or dark brown leaves. White mold is also an awfully bad sign.
The august seasonal produce guide recommends buying sage with its distinct savory aroma. This herb is mostly used around the holidays to bring out its iconic flavor. This herb should be green with a silvery lining, that contains no discoloration. Avoid any dark brown or black mushy areas and stay away from off-putting smells.
Summer squash refers to a bunch of different varieties. Let’s take a look at some of the different species of summer squash.
- 8 Ball – This is one of the hybrid august vegetables. 8 ball squash is a type of zucchini that is round and can be golf ball to softball size! This fun sized squash has green striated skin with a tan colored flesh.
- Sunburst Patty Pan – this is a beautiful creamy yellow squash referred to as “scallop- shaped”. Each squash has a small green ring on the skin and the flesh is tender and mild.
- Golden Summer Crookneck – dating back to Pre-Columbus times, these are one of the oldest squash varieties and august vegetables. These ugly squash varieties have a bumpy golden skin with a meaty flesh. Golden summer squash give off a sweet yet nutty aroma.
The outside of summer squash is everything when buying this summer fruits and vegetables. Look for shiny outer skin with no dark brown mushy areas or discoloration, also be on the lookout for white, red, or blue mold that could be hiding around the stem areas.
These august vegetables in season is packed full of nutrients, making is extremely attractive to the august produce guide. Sweet potatoes come in all shapes and sizes, and range in colors from white to purple. Buying sweet potatoes is pretty straight forward. You want to buy a firm potato with no soft or mushy areas. Avoid any moisture or slimy textures and any sweet potatoes with exposed flesh.
These august vegetables are often confused with sweet potatoes. Real yams have a tougher bark and offer a less sweet flavor. These are very dense July produce, and they have a white flesh. Yams should be bought while they are very firm. Avoid any yams with soft or mushy areas.