Add some color to your meals during National Fresh Fruit and Vegetable Month this June! As the peak season for many garden crops approaches, it’s the best time of the year to take advantage of these fresh finds. Fruits and vegetables provide a variety of nutrients, minerals, fiber, and vitamins while remaining naturally low in calories, sodium, and fat. Additionally, they may help lower your risk of developing certain chronic diseases and assist in maintaining a healthy diet.

Cantaloupe is a popular fruit that is in season during this time. It is an excellent source of vitamin A and provides 100% of the daily value for vitamin C, both powerful antioxidants that protect your cells from damage. They are also in the same family as watermelon. To pick the perfect melon, look for a symmetrical, round, heavy fruit for its size and bruise-free. No room in the fridge? Uncut cantaloupe may be stored at room temperature on the counter for about a week. You can also freeze any extra cut cantaloupe to use in smoothies! Click here to read more about cantaloupe and other health benefits they give us with ROOT!

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