Wondering what to eat in Cancer season? We've reached the height of summer, so the options are nearly limitless, but we'll focus on foods that help us connect to the energy of the moon and the element of water. It's gonna be awesome.
Ruled by the Moon, Cancer is the wateriest of water signs. This energy encourages you to connect with your intuition and dive into the depths of your feelings. Cancer season also ushers in the official start of summer with Litha falling on its first day. The sun is at it's peak, romance is in the air, and the Earth is fertile and abundant. It's an ideal time for slow, grazing meals outside under a tree. Let's eat.
Cancer Season Foods
Cancer foods all bring strong water energy and help you connect with your intuition. There's a strong mix of flavors going on here, so there's something for every palate.
Cucumbers are tied to Cancer, the moon, and the element of water. They're known for beauty, fertility, and healing. Stay hydrated this summer with this Mint Cucumber Lemon Water.
Cancer is tied specifically to milk chocolate. If I'm just eating chocolate, that's my go to, but I tend to bake more with darker chocolate. Milk chocolate is good for friendship, self-love, and nurturing. Here are a few recipes to help you indulge.
Tart and juicy raspberries are ruled by Cancer. These berries are known for fertility, protection, and love.
Butter is all about smoothing things out and aiding transformation. It also happens to be one of the most delicious foods known to man. Though it forms the basis of many recipes, here are a few that feature the gloriousness of butter.
- Roasted Sweet Potatoes with Spiced Maple Butter
- Garlic Herb Toast
- Cinnamon Whole Wheat Pancakes with Blackberry Brown Butter Syrup
- Caesar Salad with Brown Butter Croutons
Sweet potatoes might be seen as more of an autumn food, but I'm never going to turn them down. They bring friendship, grounding, nurturing, and harmony. Here are a few of my favorite recipes.
One of my all time favorite flavors, lemon is associated with Cancer. This bright, sunny fruit is actually ruled by the moon and brings the energy of cleansing, happiness, and unity. I love it in both sweet and savoury preparations.
- Blackcurrant & Lemon Cocktail
- 5 Minute Microwave Lemon Cake
- Lemon Loaf Cake
- Crunchy Lemon Chicken
- Lemon & Ginger Bars
- Lemon Risotto
The moon brings strong feminine energy, and again, that sense of connecting with your subconscious mind. It also encourages us to integrate our shadow and transform weaknesses into superpowers.
Coconuts are filled with water, so naturally, they're tied to the moon. Enjoy their flavor alongside your favorite curry with this Coconut Basmati Rice.
Lemongrass is great for connecting with your upper chakras. I prefer to enjoy lemongrass infused drinks.
Big, round, and water, lettuce is associated with the moon. It brings protection and love and can aid in sleep.
Potatoes are deeply grounding but also tied to the moon. Call on their energy for protection and stability.
- Potato Rolls with instant mashed potatoes
- Ham & Potato Soup
- Za'atar Potato Salad
- Ridiculously Awesome Mashed Potatoes
- Ham & Cheese Twice Baked Potatoes
The element of water is all about emotions, so let yourself get absorbed with your feelings. Go out and enjoy the beauty of nature at the height of summer, and really feel the joy and abundance.
Beer loves almost all the elements except air, so you can call on it's energy most of the year. Let it help you get in touch with your emotions while staying grounded with this Whole Wheat Guinness Soda Bread.
Call in some rose energy to help you get in touch with your romantic side. Mix up a little love potion in the form of a Rose Quartz Cocktail.
Rum can bring prosperity, clarity, and love. Enjoy it in this Rum & Ginger Beer with a Twist.
Honey is the flavor of summer magic, as far as I'm concerned. Enjoy the gift of the flowers and the bees with something sweet.
Cherries have strong feminine energy and are tied to love, fertility, and new beginnings. I especially like them in a cocktail.
- Brie Grilled Cheese with Ham & Cherry Jam
- Pimm's & Cherry Lemonade
- Cherry Orange Sangria
- Cherry Berry Cocktail
Passion fruit brings calming and tranquillity, perfect for those slow summer evenings that seem to stretch on forever.
Strawberries are so prolific in Cancer season that the June full moon is named for these luscious berries. They bring dedication, love, fertility, and luck.
- Strawberry Soju Slushie
- Strawberry Banana Smoothie
- Strawberry Lemon & Basil Infused Water
- Feta & Strawberry Salad
Fragrant and delicate thyme is one of my favorite herbs to cook with. It brings the energy of strength, courage, and wisdom.
- Garlic & Thyme Baked Camembert
- Lemon & Thyme Pound Cake
- Potato & Pancetta Mac & Cheese
- Peas with Pancetta & Cream
Cranberries are another fruit commonly associated with autumn, but this fire and water food is beautiful anytime.
- Cranberry Glazed Turkey Meatloaf
- White Chocolate Cranberry Macadamia Nut Cookies
- Brie & Cranberry Tartlets
- Cranberry Sausages
- Cranberry Margaritas
Vanilla is sensual and nostalgic, helping you get in touch with your softer side and connect with your inner child. Though it appears in almost every sweet baking recipe, here are a few recipes that really highlight the flavor.
- Vanilla Vodka Root Beer
- Vanilla Lemonade
- Chocolate Cake with Vanilla Orange Frosting
- Homemade Vanilla Pancake Mix
- Vanilla Ginger Mojito
Lime brings cleansing and prosperity, not to mention a great pop of acid to any dish or drink.
What's in season for Cancer
With the peak of daylight upon us, the Earth is practically bursting with good things to eat. If you have a garden, make the most of it by grilled your fresh vegetables for an al fresco meal. Add fresh berries to homemade ice cream. Make pitchers of sun tea infused with fresh-picked herbs.
Is your garden overrunning with zuchinni? Make some Zuchinni & Potato Pancakes. Mix up a fresh herb creme fraiche to top it with to make it extra summery.
Fresh blueberries are also abundant right now. Bake them into some fluffy Homemade Blueberry Muffins.
My husband dug up his first carrots from his allotment this week. It's a lusty little vegetable that also brings creativity and clarity.
Onions are totally ubiquitous in the kitchen. I especially love spring onions, which are still in season right now as well. Here are a few recipes featuring the humble onion.
It's time to enjoy fresh, ripe, sun-kissed tomatoes straight off the vine. Or if you're more of an urban witch, canned tomatoes are good, too.
Nothing says summer like fresh green peas. Magically, they're known for love, money, and protection.
- Orzo with Bacon & Peas
- Indian Spiced Pea & Potato Wraps
- Cider Braised Chicken Thighs with Spring Vegetables
Garlic goes into most of my savoury recipes in one way or another. It has strong protective qualities. I'm sure nobody wants to get too close to me after I've eaten it.
Fresh spinach is in season, so lets call on its strength and endurance. It's also great for opening the heart chakra or calling in prosperity.
- Mexican Spinach Dip
- Potato & Spinach Curry
- Spinach Alfredo Mac & Cheese
- Spinach & Cheese Baked Eggs
- Spinach & Ricotta Grilled Cheese
Chili peppers are in season, and my husband has about a hundred plants, so I'm prepared to be inundated with spice. Good thing I have lots of chili-related recipes.
- Vegetarian Jalapeno Poppers
- Jalapeno Hush Puppies
- Jalapeno Deviled Eggs
- Jalapeno Cream Cheese Burger
- Cheddar Habanero Cornbread
Fresh herbs of all sorts should be plentiful this time of year, and if you've gathered them on Midsummer's Eve, they'll have added magical power. Here are a few recipes to help you incorporate this gorgeous gift of summer.
- Dill Potato Salad
- Rosemary Potato Rolls
- Grilled Potato Foil Packets with Lemon Dill Creme Fraiche
- Chicken & Potato Bake with fresh rosemary
- Grilled Chicken Skewers with Chili Mint Yogurt
I hope you eat gloriously this Cancer season. If you make any of these recipes, I'd love for you to leave a rating and leave a comment. You can also share a photo of your creation with me on Instagram. I can't wait to see what you're cooking up.