By Elizabeth Keyser
Early summer vegetables, fruits, and herbs awaken our taste buds and energize our spirits. Many are also superfoods that can help protect against heart disease, diabetes and its complications, and even cancer.
Alliums (see next slide) and radishes have sprightly flavors. Asparagus, the most seasonal of vegetables, has a natural sweetness, while mushrooms have umami flavors—earthy, meaty, and satisfying. Warm days call for celebrating the simple pleasure of sweet strawberries. Learn how to make the most of early summer’s bounty. (And, sure, in a pinch it’s fine to use frozen fruits and vegetables. They’re picked at the peak of ripeness.) Read on.