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Summer food — what to make in August

Need to know what summer food will be trending in August? What foods are in season? Find some creative ideas from our list of seasonal fruits, vegetables, meats and seafood. Need more ideas? Check out our list of food holidays for August.

Backyards will still be filled with the smoke of summer barbecues and all the delicious dishes that go along with them, but much of the food for August is really about keeping cool. Ice cream, frozen custard, desserts with ice cream, ice cream floats, ice cold beers, lemonade, Creamsicles, popsicles — anything and everything that can make the hottest days of summer a little bit cooler.

August Food Ideas

Agave, apples, artichokes, banana, barbacoa, brownies, cactus, casseroles, catfish, celery, chop suey, cupcakes, custard, elephant garlic, fennel, frybread, goat cheese, grapes (especially wild Muscadine and Cotton candy, Moon Drops, and Flavor Pops specialty grapes), hamburgers, hot dogs, Hatch peppers, ice cream, kiwi, mole, mushrooms, nuts, orange creamsicle, panini sandwiches, pasteles, peaches, pies, sandwiches, shelling beans, S’mores, succotash, trail mix, Vidalia onions, waffles, watermelon, zucchini

August Drink Ideas

Albariño, California common (steam beer), chardonnay, helles, IPA, kölsch, lambic/fruit beers, lemonade, merlot, mezcal, peach tea, pils, pinot grigio, radlers, raspberry tea, red blend, riesling, root beer floats, rosé, rum, sauvignon blanc, saison (farmhouse ale), shandies, spritzers, summer ale, tequila, whiskey sour, white blend, weisse/weizen

Seasonal Fruit

  • Almonds
  • Apples
  • Apricots
  • Avocados
  • Bananas
  • Blackberries
  • Blueberries
  • Cactus pears
  • Cantaloupe
  • Gooseberries
  • Cherries
  • Coconut
  • Dates
  • Dragonfruit
  • Elderberries
  • Figs
  • Grapes
  • Grapefruit
  • Grapes
  • Honeydew
  • Jackfruit
  • Key limes
  • Kiwano
  • Kiwi
  • Lemon
  • Lime
  • Mango
  • Mulberries
  • Nectarine
  • Oranges
  • Papaya
  • Passionfruit
  • Peaches
  • Peacotum
  • Pears
  • Pecans
  • Pineapple
  • Pistachios
  • Plums
  • Pluots
  • Raspberries
  • Sapote
  • Starfruit
  • Strawberries
  • Tayberries
  • Tomatoes
  • Walnuts
  • Watermelon
  • Red Currants
  • Tamarillo
  • Texas red grapefruit

Seasonal Vegetables

  • Artichokes
  • Arugula
  • Beets
  • Bell peppers
  • Bok Choy
  • Broccoli
  • Broccoli rabe/Rapini
  • Burdock
  • Cabbage
  • Cactus
  • Carrots
  • Cauliflower
  • Celeriac
  • Celery
  • Chard
  • Chile peppers
  • Collard greens
  • Corn
  • Cucumbers
  • Eggplant
  • Escarole
  • Fennel
  • Garlic
  • Green beans
  • Hatch peppers
  • Herbs
  • Horseradish
  • Iceberg lettuce
  • Jicama
  • Kale
  • Lambsquarters
  • Leeks
  • Mizuna
  • Mushrooms
  • Mustard Greens
  • Okra
  • Onions
  • Orach
  • Peas
  • Potatoes
  • Purslane
  • Radicchio
  • Radishes
  • Rhubarb
  • Romaine lettuce
  • Salsify
  • Scallions
  • Shallots
  • Shelling beans
  • Spinach
  • Sprouts
  • Summer squash
  • Sweet potatoes
  • Tomatillos
  • Turnips
  • Watercress
  • Zucchini

Seasonal Meat & Seafood

  • Tuna
  • Blue Crab
  • Calamari squid
  • Catfish
  • Cod
  • Crawfish
  • Duck
  • Sole
  • Grouper
  • Halibut
  • Lamb
  • Lobster
  • Mackerel
  • Mahi Mahi
  • Oysters
  • Trout
  • Razor clams
  • Red Snapper
  • Salmon
  • Soft Shell Crab
  • Swordfish
  • Tilapia

Food in italic is entering or leaving their peak season, or may only be available in limited quantities. Food in bold is available all year long, but may not consist of one species (for instance, tilapia is a common term for nearly a hundred different cichlid fish) or be imported from different regions of the world at different times of the year (avocados, pineapples) and therefore may have different flavors and characteristics.

Also, please note: While almost all fruits and vegetables, meat and seafood are available in some preserved form out of season and many of the most popular are effectively in season year round, the availability and quality of seasonal foods can vary dramatically according to species, region and natural circumstances (like weather and disease).

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