Produce in July is the best! So many fruits and vegetables are at their peak this month.
Some of our favorites include all the delicious berries and melons - it's a great month for fruit salad! Tomatoes and zucchini are also starting to peak, so you can make some fantastic fresh tomato recipes or healthy zucchini recipes.
Here's what's in season in the month of July.
Apricots - sweet orange stone fruit with soft, fuzzy skin. Apricots are a great snack and can also be used in jam, desserts, smoothies, charcuterie boards, and more. Try these grilled artichokes!
Arugula - a peppery green that's great in salads or in pasta. Try it in this Asian Pear Arugula Salad with Blue Cheese.
Avocados - a creamy green fruit with a large, inedible seed in the center. They're absolutely delicious in guacamole, salads, sandwiches, and on toast. Try our Hash Brown Avocado Toast.
Basil - a soft, green savory herb with a sweet aroma. It's great in pesto, pasta, and sauces.
Blackberries - a bramble berry that's usually dark purple or black. They're a juicy little berry that tastes great in sweets, jams, sauces, and savory dishes. Try our Honeydew Melon & Blackberry Salad.
Blueberries - small blue fruit with a juicy, lighter interior. Fantastic in salads, oatmeal, and baked goods. Make this delicious Blueberry Cake.
Bok Choy - a type of Chinese cabbage, also called pak choi, with a lighter green bulb and dark green leaves. Try this Grilled Baby Bok Choy Recipe.
Boysenberries - these delicious berries are a cross between raspberry, blackberry, and dewberry. They're often used in pies and syrups.
Cauliflower - this cruciferous veggie has been having a real moment - cauliflower has been a stand-in for rice, pizza crusts, and more. It's great on a vegetable tray or roasted and served as a side. Try this Whole Roasted Cauliflower with Chimichurri Sauce.
Celery - these crisp, long stalks are crunchy and mild, great for adding to salads, soups, and veggie trays. Try celery in this Waldorf Salad Recipe.
Chard - also called swiss chard, this dark leafy green is good in soups, curries, or side dishes. Here's how to make Sautéed Swiss Chard.
Cherries - a small stone fruit that's absolutely bursting with sweetness. Often used in pies and other baked goods, jam, and fruit salads. Make this Sour Cherry Crisp.
Chili Peppers - peppers are actually a fruit and include jalapenos, serranos, poblanos, and more. Use them in salsas and sauces, chili, soup, and meat dishes. Try these Blistered Shishito Peppers.
Chives - a member of the allium family that's similar to green onions and shallots. These thin, green stalks pack a punch of oniony flavor. The flowers are edible as well - here's How to Make & Use Chive Blossom Vinegar.
Cilantro - a soft, savory herb also called coriander. Often used in guacamole and other Central and South American dishes. Try this method for Keeping Cilantro Fresh in the refrigerator.
Collard Greens - dark, leafy greens with a slightly bitter flavor. Famously used in Southern cooking.
Corn - A cylindrical vegetable with yellow kernels. Summer sweet corn is often grilled and served as a side, but it's great in salads, casseroles, and pasta. Try this Grilled Corn and Black Bean Salad.
Cucumbers - A juicy vegetable that grows in a variety of shapes but is usually a long cylinder with tapered ends. Hothouse cucumbers have bitter skin, but smaller cucumbers and English cucumbers have tastier edible skin. Make our Strawberry Cucumber Salad.
Eggplant - A large purple vegetable with an oblong shape and tough, shiny skin. Best when roasted till they are creamy! Enjoy these grilled Eggplant Parmesan Stacks.
Fava Beans - also called broad beans, these beans are shelled from a pod. They're often made into a side dish with a topping of butter and garlic.
Figs - A dark purple or green fruit with a leathery outer skin and soft, seedy interior. It has a deep, rich flavor and is very sweet. Great in baked goods and in salads. Try our Dark Chocolate Figs.
Garlic - a bulb-shaped allium that's similar to onions and chives. This incredibly useful food can be used in so many dishes! Try one of our favorite recipes - this Garlic Confit.
Gooseberries - small edible fruits that are grown on a bush. They come in a variety of colors but the most common is light green. They often have a strong, slightly puckering flavor so pair well in any dish with sugar!
Grapes - A small fruit that grows on a vine - common colors include green and red/purple. Most grapes are grown for wine, but they're also a fantastic snack, added to a fruit salad, and are great when roasted. Try our Roasted Grape Crostinis.
Green Beans - a thin, long green pod that can be eaten whole. Often served as a side dish or used in casseroles. Make our favorite Roasted Parmesan Green Beans.
Green Onions - a tall, thin allium with white, light green, and dark green sections. Used in egg dishes, sauces, many Asian dishes, and more. Try our Grilled Scallions Recipe.
Kale - a dark leafy green that's earthy and slightly bitter. This powerhouse veggie is excellent in soups, salads, casseroles, and more. Make some delicious Brussels Sprouts Kale Salad.
Leeks - a large edible allium that tastes similar to scallions and chives. Make this Leek & Pea Fried Rice.
Lettuce - a leaf vegetable that's commonly used in salads and wraps. Includes a large variety of plants with flavors, colors, and textures. Try The Best Green Salad Recipe.
Melons - a large group of fruits with a fleshy interior and a hard rind on the exterior. Includes watermelon, honeydew, cantaloupe, and more. Enjoy this Melon Prosciutto Salad.
Nectarines - a stone fruit that's similar to a peach but has a smoother (rather than fuzzy) skin. Great in salads and desserts.
Okra - a dark green seed pod that is fully edible. Often known for its viscous, slightly slimy interior. It has a crisp and fresh flavor. Make our Oven Roasted Okra recipe.
Onions - bulb alliums that come in a variety of shapes and colors. Commonly used as a base for dishes like pasta, soups, chicken dishes, and more. Here's How to Caramelize Onions.
Peaches - a delicious, juicy stone fruit that is usually orange or white. Great in a salad, dessert, baked goods, or smoothie. Try our Peach Smoothie Recipe for breakfast.
Peas - a small spherical green seed that is shelled from a pod. Commonly served as a side dish. Make this Leek & Pea Fried Rice.
Plums - a juicy stone fruit that is often dried into prunes. Used in salads, baked goods, and eaten as a snack.
Radishes - edible root vegetables with a peppery bit that come in a variety of colors and sizes. Enjoy these Watermelon Radish Appetizer Bites.
Raspberries - a bright red berry with a sweet, juicy taste. Great in baked goods, jam, salad, and smoothies. Make our Healthy Raspberry Cake.
Shallots - a small type of onion that is sweeter and more delicate than other onions. Try this Shallot & Mushroom Savory Tarte Tatin.
Snap Peas - also called sugar snap pea, these edible rounded pods are usually sauteed as a side dish.
Snow Peas - an edible flat pod with small seeds inside. Often used in stir fry and side dishes.
Spinach - a leafy green plant that is incredibly nutritious. Often sauteed, used in side dishes, salads, and smoothies. Get cozy with our Chickpea Spinach Curry.
Sprouts - there are many kinds of sprouts - they are the immature version of larger plants like broccoli, clover, radish, alfalfa, and more. They're incredibly nutrient dense and can be used on sandwiches, smoothies, and more.
Strawberries - these small fruits have a bright red exterior and a sweet, fragrant flavor. They're delicious in baked goods, jams, salads, and more. Enjoy these Yogurt Covered Strawberries.
Summer Squash - marrow vegetables that include yellow squash, pattypan squash, zucchinis, and more. Fantastic when roasted, sauteed, grilled, and more. Make this Sautéed Yellow Squash.
Sweet Potatoes - orange potatoes, with an earthy and sweet flavor, that can be used just like regular white potatoes. Use them in this Sweet Potato Green Curry Bowl.
Tomatillos - also called a Mexican husk tomato, these small round fruits are green or greenish-purple. They are often used in Mexican dishes and are delicious is salsas and sauces.
Tomatoes - technically a fruit, we usually use tomatoes like they are a vegetable - in salads, sauces, sandwiches, and more. Here's How to Make Pasta Sauce from Fresh Tomatoes.
Watermelon - a large melon with a dark green exterior and a vibrant red interior. This juicy fruit is great in smoothies and juices, salads, desserts, and more! You'll love this Mexican Watermelon Salad.
Zucchini - a type of summer squash, also called courgette, that's usually dark green. Fantastic when roasted, grilled, or sauteed (they can also be eaten raw). Try our popular Zucchini Spaghetti.