Now that summer has set in across the country and people are spending more time outdoors, it’s time to plan for seasonal holidays. One such approaching holiday is Independence Day. Many Americans will celebrate Independence Day with family and friends by throwing a barbecue. With hamburgers and hot dogs typically the main fare, sides are something that will need to be decided on. Do something different and healthy by choosing seasonal fruits to include in your upcoming Independence Day party. Here are five great choices:


Most people don’t realize that raspberries are native to Asia. They were brought over to the United States in the seventeenth and eighteenth centuries by the English and the French. As you might remember from history class, Independence Day is the day America gained independence from the British and serving raspberries can be a great reminder of that. Raspberries can be served on their own, but they are also delicious in a pie, sprinkled over ice cream or used in a fresh raspberry shortcake.


If you are going to serve red raspberries at your Independence Day party, you might as well serve blueberries too. After all, you want to make sure you get that red, white and blue effect! Make a tri-colored salad with raspberries, blueberries and apples to enjoy. Blueberries are in season throughout the US when Independence Day hits, so you should be able to pick up some very fresh and tasty berries from local farmers.


In many parts of the United States, Independence Day is characteristically hot and humid. Only the most northern states are free from the mid-summer heat most years. Nothing is better than a cold slice of watermelon to cool down and refresh you. The peak season for watermelon in the US is June and July, so you should be able to find an abundance of fresh melons to serve. For an extra cool treat, you can even freeze watermelon for serving. Try it on a popsicle stick!


If you aren’t a fan of red berries you can still bring your patriotic vibe to the party by serving other seasonal fruits, such as cherries. Cherries are small, sweet and delicious, perfect for a summer get together with friends and family. You can serve them with desserts, in frosty drinks or even on their own.

Key Limes

There is a reason key lime pie is often served in the summer. It’s because it’s delicious and refreshing. If you’re looking for something a bit different for your Independence Day party, there are a number of recipes available that utilize key limes. From adult beverages to desserts, a summer party without limes isn’t much of a party at all.

With only a few weeks left before Independence Day is upon us, now is the best time for you to get your plans together, settle on a menu and start the celebration with a taste of these great seasonal fruits.

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