Michigan summer produce: Fruit edition

Michigan summer produce: Fruit edition

Jul 02 2024

Each summer, our state becomes a fresh fruit factory. Learn the health benefits of a few of our favorite Michigan fruits.

Michigan summers can mean a myriad of things to as many people. But, in terms of all things nutritious and delicious, summer in the mitten often means bushels of fresh, flavorful, fruit. And, since summer’s begun, we’ve put together a list of our favorite in-season, out-of-this-world – healthy, wholesome Michigan fruits.

Blueberries, a summer delight, are typically ready for picking from the end of July through August. These small but mighty berries are packed with antioxidants, particularly anthocyanins, which may support heart health and improve brain function.

Michigan cherries, particularly the Montmorency variety, thrive during a short summer window from late June to early August. These ruby-red super fruits are rich in antioxidants, aiding in inflammation reduction and promoting better sleep.

Strawberries herald the arrival of summer with their peak season starting in June. They’re not just a sweet treat; they’re rich in vitamin C and manganese, and their high fiber content aids in digestion and blood sugar regulation. Enjoy strawberries all summer long in a variety of ways.

Nectarines and peaches share their sun-kissed ripeness around July and August. These juicy fruits are not only delicious but also come with a wealth of benefits, including aiding in skin health and providing a good dose of vitamins A and C, which are essential for immune function.

Raspberries ripen a bit earlier, with their season beginning in July. These berries are fiber powerhouses, which is beneficial for gut health, and they also contain potent anti-inflammatory properties that may protect against chronic diseases.

Tomatoes, although often mistaken for vegetables, are fruits that reach their peak in late summer (August and September). They boast lycopene, an antioxidant linked to reduced the risk of heart disease and cancer, and are a great source of vitamin C, potassium, folate, and vitamin K. Not bad for a fruit with a mistaken identity.

Embracing produce during peak season is a great way to try new recipes, support local Michigan farmers and ensure you’re getting the freshest, most nutrient-dense produce. Whether you pick them fresh from the farm or find them at your local farmer’s market, be sure to enjoy a handful of blueberries, a juicy peach, or a vibrant tomato, and take care of your body with nature’s best homegrown fruit.