BY KAROLIN SAWERES @MYNUTRITIONANDME.COM

Seasons come and go; so do fruits and vegetables. Take advantage of the different fruits and vegetables every season offers. Vegetables in season include radishes, arugula, cucumber, beets, bell peppers, carrots, zucchini, garlic, corn and rhubarb. Fruits in season include apricots, plums, cherries, blackberries, nectarines, strawberries, peaches, tomatoes, passion fruit, melon, lemon and lime.

Make sure to visit your local farmers’ markets for the freshest fruits and vegetables..

One of my favorite vegetables in season is cucumber. It’s grown all over the world in numerous varieties. It’s available all year round but peak in the summer.

Cucumber Dip Recipe:

Ingredients:

1 (16 ounce) container low-fat sour cream

2 cucumbers, peeled, seeded & chopped

2 Tbsp green onions, chopped

2 Tbsp lemon juice

1 cup fresh dill, chopped

1 tsp salt or to taste

Directions:

Mix sour cream, cucumber and dill in a bowl until thoroughly blended. Stir in lemon juice and salt. Cover and refrigerate 1-2 hours.

Enjoy with pita or vegetable chips.

My favorite fruits of the season is watermelon. This fruit is thought to be native to Africa. It’s grown in different varieties and can vary in size and shape. Watermelons are in season from May to September, and at their peak from mid June to late August.

Watermelon Salad Recipe:

Ingredients:

1 small seedless watermelon, rind removed, cut into 1” cubes

6 oz crumbled feta cheese

1 cup lightly packed mint leaves

Directions:

Place watermelon pieces in a large bowl. Add feta cheese and mint. Mix as needed.