Greetings, seasonal juicers. You may have noticed that the premise of this series has changed slightly: the “super cheap green juice” column is now “super seasonal green juice.” That’s because we’re entering the heyday of fruits and vegetables–the balmy, farm-friendly months of June, July, and August–when all sorts of mouth-watering produce becomes available, from strawberries to baby fennel. However, a bunch of carrots at the supermarket is always going to be cheaper than fresh strawberries at the farmer’s market, no matter how in-season the strawberries are. In fact, the cheapest green juice seems to stay the same year round–some sort of carrot-apple-celery combination, with perhaps a cucumber or some greens thrown in. And so, with all that being said, I’m going to throw financial caution to the wind and recommend some blissfully seasonal juices instead. Here’s what to juice if you want to minimize your carbon footprint (eating local and in-season will do that for you) and maximize your nutritional intake (bright red in-season strawberries have so many more antioxidants than the mealy things flown in from California in the middle of winter). Sound good? Is there something else you’d like to see? Tell me in the comments!
Super Seasonal Berry-Pear-Chard Juice
- 1 pear
- 12 oz. fresh berries*
- 1/2 bunch chard
- 1 cucumber
Run everything through the juicer and wait for the bright-colored juice to pour out the other end. Drink with joy.
You know what bright colors mean in the fruit and veggie world, right? More plant pigments = more antioxidants! Ripe berries are famous for their mouth-watering color, which is a clever design trick to help berries catch the eye of animals (and hungry humans) who will eat them, digest them, and expel the seeds, thus helping the berry plant to reproduce. Thankfully, the bright pigments also mean crazy health benefits. This article breaks it down in great detail.
Pears are in season now, too. The most important thing to remember when juicing pears is to keep the skin on! Pear skins contain 3 to 4 times as many phytonutrients as the flesh, as well as about half of the pear’s fiber. Grab a red-skinned pear to benefit from anthocyanins, a type of flavonoid (also found in berries) that’s anti-inflammatory, protects blood vessels from oxidative damage, and may improve eyesight, among other benefits. And I covered some of chard’s health benefits here.
*Blueberries, strawberries, blackberries, and raspberries are all in season this June–as are cherries (not technically berries), if you have the patience to pit them!
photo attribute: John Smith