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Need fruit for that big backyard bash you’re planning? Want to stock up on sweet, healthy snacks for your beach trip? Trying to stick to a healthy diet for you and your family? With this list of seven fruits and veggies in season for July, you just can’t go wrong. This list is far from exhaustive, so leave a comment if there are other in-season fruits and veggies you love!
Avocado is seemingly everyone’s favorite fruit, and that’s in huge part because it tastes like so few fruits. Its flavor is nutty and its texture is almost creamy, which makes it work incredibly both as a spread and as sliced fruit. Its nutrition profile is so strong that it’s well-known as a superfood. Just make sure to use your avocados quickly, because there are few other fruits that are so quick to turn from not-yet-ripe to completely spoiled.
Blackberries are stuffed with vital antioxidants, not to mention tons of juice and sweetness. And with how bite-sized they are, it’s tough to eat just one berry. Use them as a snack between meals or include them in a breakfast bowl. Learn to replace strawberries with blackberries, as the latter berry retains far fewer of the harmful pesticides used to grow it than the former.
If you hadn’t heard of blueberries and blackberries previously, you might infer that the two fruits are quite similar. And that’s true — both are super nutritious, bite-sized, and juicy, but blueberries are somewhat sourer and have a slightly tougher skin. Blueberries also tend to be slightly less expensive than blackberries. As with blackberries, blueberries too retain few pesticides.
Corn exists in so many varieties — canned, frozen, on the cob, in kernel form — that it’s tempting to think the starchy, taste-packed vegetable is always in season. Not the case! July is peak corn time, which is fortuitous — is there a better month to toss some corn on the cobs on your grill?
Kale has rapidly come to compete with spinach and lettuce as a salad staple. It’s also become a healthy chip option and an unusual but fun smoothie ingredient. July is a great time of year for this superfood, which is full of calcium and vitamin K, among other vital nutrients.
The yellow-orange coloring of mangoes is super summery, and naturally, these delicious, slightly sweet fruits are in season in July. Peel the skin off a mango and slice it up for use in salads, smoothies, and rice bowls. There’s nothing wrong with eating your mango whole too!
There are few foods as versatile as tomatoes. These fruits — which some consider a vegetable — can be diced for used in chili, salads, pasta sauces, and pretty much anything you can imagine. You can also cut them into circular slices for use in sandwiches, where they pair especially well with basil, mozzarella cheese, and balsamic vinegarette.
How else can I use these fruits and veggies?
You don’t have to limit yourself to salads, smoothies, and fruit bowls. There are so many dessert recipes that call for fruit use, and some veggies can even be used as plant bases for normally dairy-heavy baked goods. Check out some ideas here!