I love seasonal produce. Any season. It’s the most delicious way I know of being in the moment. And summer produce is the easiest to love. Sweet corn, curvy eggplant, luscious mangoes, creamy avocados, ripe berries. What I don’t love — food waste. And honey, there’s a lot of it. We waste up to 40% of our food and with it, every single resource it takes to produce it — water, labor, farmland, energy. Worse, 1 in 7 of us is dealing with food insecurity. Waste is unsustainable. It makes us look uncaring and ungrateful, too.
Here’s to President Obama and culinary and environmental leaders working together to cut food waste in half. We can all get in the game. As we enter the sticky, sexy days — and nights — of summer, embrace — and eat — imperfection. I’m not saying you have to eat that old pizza (although I do wish there was a way to turn it into fuel or something). Instead of discarding summer produce like slightly bruised peaches or past-their-peak berries, use them in a fruit crumble or berry pudding (nice for a Father’s Day treat) or freeze them for winter, when summer feels like a distant memory.
More easy, luscious summer food ideas here. Click below images to download:
More food saving tips here. Because those luscious summer mangoes and berries and peaches won’t be here forever.