July is the perfect month for fruit and vegetable lovers: the vegetable garden and the orchard are full of fragrant fruits and juicy and tasty vegetables
July is the best month to consume seasonal fruit and vegetables. During the summer, most of the vegetables grown in Italy mature and also a good quantity of fruits. These are the tastiest and most fragrant fruits and vegetables, thanks to the July sun which colors the skin and which gives the energy and heat necessary to mature them. The fruits that best embody the month of July are definitely melons and watermelons: sweet, fragrant, rich in flavor and color, this is how the products of the orchard are in July.
There are also the latest late cherries, strawberries and the first raspberries. There are many fruit plants that have a peak of production during the summer, such as plums and plums of various colors and qualities, with sour or sweet pulp. The best peaches and some apricots ripen in July. Plums, peaches, apricots and cherries are all different species belonging to the same genus, over the millennia, varieties with different ripening times have been selected, so that the fruits can be used for an extended period of time.
As for vegetables, in July the first really tasty tomatoes are eaten: this vegetable comes from South America and only the summer sun allows an ideal ripening of its fruits. You can find, at the market and in the vegetable garden, many different varieties of tomatoes, from the tiny dark red ones, to the golden yellow, green or striped ones. Whatever the color, the July tomatoes are excellent and very healthy, perfect for a mixed salad.
In the garden of July there are many varieties of lettuce and salad, such as arugula or watercress; even the annual aromatic plants are in full swing: basil, chives, dill, parsley, coriander, they are all ready to use fresh, to give each dish their aroma. Peppers and aubergines ripen in July and various types of legumes are also ready to be harvested: peas, beans and green beans of many different varieties, one better than the other. July is the perfect month to start preparing canned fruit and vegetables for the winter, choosing only the best and most ripe products.