June 27, 2018 / Lifestyle
July is right around the corner and that means it will be the best time to eat these delicious (and healthy!) foods:
Or pluots, or apriums, apriclums, or apricums, or apricotandplummixedtogether. America has a grand tradition of bending nature to suit the shortsighted needs of its citizens, and nowhere is that more evident than in the plumcot, an apricot-plum hybrid designed to titillate your easily bored taste buds. These little stone fruits can be eaten by the half-dozen, and apparently research has shown the nutrient level of plumcots to be higher than the “much-touted” blueberry. Shows you how far a little industry funding can go, but on the other hand, that industry gives zesty names to versions of the plumcot, like “Fall Fiesta,” “King Kong,” “Flavor Grenade,” “Eagle Egg,” and “Flavorosa.” Who says plant breeders don’t have fun?
Consider this: that so-called “screaming” sound a lobster makes when you toss its still-living body into a vat of boiling water is just air escaping from the gap between its exoskeleton and innards, which are quickly being turned into a succulent white meat designed to be dipped in butter and devoured at a national chain for only $19.95. So it’s ethically fine to eat them without remorse!
Ideally you’ll get spiny lobster, because that’s the most sustainable — whatever variety you choose, lobster is a good source of lean protein and the romantic pleasure of pretending you’re bound only to the sea, which is your wife, your lover, and your grave.
Corn was one of the Three Sisters of Native American agriculture, so it’s about as American as you can get without taming a bald eagle. You should probably have your passport revoked if you don’t grill up a few ears, rub hot butter and salt all over them and enjoy!
You’ll pick up plenty of insoluble fiber, which feeds good bacteria in your gut and helps you have perfect poops with preserved kernels of corn, every day in July. This is shaping up to be a wild summer!
Don’t look now, but dour root-vegetable season is mere months away, so you better get your manservant busy on turning this raspberry harvest into preserves. If you’re a member of the sharing economy, though, enjoy the moment, because who knows what misfortunes await just around the corner when your current contracts expire?! Indulge in fresh, raw raspberries while you can, which will give you all sorts of fun antioxidants to stave off inevitable infirmity and death as long as possible.
It’s a damn shame that most Americans consume the bulk of their tomatoes in pizza and ketchup form, because fresh tomatoes during the languorous slog of mid-summer are one of the simple joys that make life worth living when it’s too hot to move. Tomatoes are also a great example of the heirloom seed movement’s potential; go ahead and compare a Black Cherry tomato to the reddish globule you get at the grocery store in December, and try to remember they’re technically the same food. There’s no comparison.
Soak up that glorious lycopene (undeniably good for you) well into fall by making and freezing some homemade sauce, a simple reduction of butter, onions, garlic, bay leaves, and oregano.
Speaking of oregano, here’s basil! All sorts of herbs hit their peak in the summer months, but the king is basil, which you can put on just about anything — salads, pizza, burgers, distant relatives — to brighten up the flavor and make things more exciting. The real magic happens when you mix it with olive oil, garlic, pine nuts, and Parmesan cheese to make pesto.
Some say that basil has all sorts of medicinal properties, including the ability to relieve everything from headaches to lack of menstruation, but since there’s no hard “science” to “back up” those “claims,” ask yourself if you really need a plant to do all your healing for you. Just enjoy your pesto!
There are rumors that some people don’t like watermelon, but these subversives should be rounded up and put into cages like the animals they are. Sadly, the Constitution doesn’t allow such just and totally reasonable punishment, but this means more watermelon for you! It’s hydrating (water’s right there in the name!), and can’t you marvel at the fact that these things grow right out of the dirt? Watermelon also has lycopene, so it’s good for you, so eat it!
Read original article here on Thrillist to see what else you should eat this July!
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