June 13, 2017 |

Simply Summer: 5 seasonal pizzas at peak of freshness

By Denise Greer

The next three months provide a bounty of summer-season produce. According to the U.S. Department of Agriculture — What’s in season?, look to the following beauties for your summer vegetable pizza: beets; bell peppers; corn; cucumber; eggplant; garlic; green beans; herbs; lima beans; mushrooms; peas; radishes; summer squash; tomatoes and zucchini.

Some crops are slower or faster to reach their peak freshness, depending on your growing season. Geographically, you can also expect to see tons of peak produce in the summer, like arugula, artichokes, cabbage, carrots, chard, chili pepper, Kohlrabi, okra, candy onion, shallots and so much more. There isn’t a summer veggie that adventurous pizzaiolos haven’t tested.
Here are five simple summer pizzas with flavors to please those seasonal appetites:


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1. Tomato and Ricotta Pizza


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2. Squashed Pizza recipe


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3. Summer Garden Pizza


4. Caprese Pizza


5. Eggplant Parmigiana Pizza