Can you believe it’s August already? Summertime is quickly coming to an end, which means it’s time to change up your grocery store shopping list and adapt to the changing climate with new, seasonal produce. If you’ve enjoyed swimming in the bounty of fresh, jewel-like berries and sweet corn, don’t worry — the produce that hits its prime at the end of summer is just as sensational. Check out some of our favorite ways to use August’s best fruits and veggies below:
Avocados are in season in Mexico year round, so you can continue enjoying this creamy, bright fruit for breakfast, lunch, and dinner. We’re particularly loving the flavors of this gluten-free Serrano Pepper Avocado Toast by Rene Barker.
Beets are anti-inflammatory, high in cancer-protective antioxidants, and one of the most richly colored foods out there. These gluten-free, raw Orange Beet Tartlets With Almond Fig Crust by show off their deep scarlet hue and make a satisfying late summertime snack.
These gorgeous berries are bursting with flavor in August and can be enjoyed on their own or incorporated into a variety of both savory and sweet desserts. We particularly enjoy these gluten-free Blackberry Chia Jam Crumble Bars by Talida Voinea because they’re free from refined sugar and great for snacking on the go.
On its own, eggplant can be a time-consuming ingredient to prepare, but when you pair it with lemon, basil, and other bright, herby accents, it becomes something magical. This Grilled Eggplant With Lemon Basil Drizzle by Taryn Fitz-Gerald will convince you of in-season eggplants’ massive appeal.
This Raw Coconut Mango Tart by Alena Grahn features a crunchy walnut crust, creamy coconut filling, and juicy mango slices on top — the perfect way to enjoy this bright and sweet late summer fruit before they depart from farmers market stalls and grocery store shelves.
These stone fruits earn their spot on our list because they’re filled with dietary fiber, are hydrating, contain 113 mg of potassium, and are refreshing and sweet to consume.In this gluten-free Sugar-Free Cinnamon Cardamom Plum Jam recipe by Lilia Jankowska, fresh plums are cooked with cardamom, ginger, and cinnamon bark to create an aromatic, richly colored purple plum jam. No food coloring needed — the jam transforms into a rich, deep purple color as it cooks.
We hope browsing our list of our top five August produce picks inspired you to get into the kitchen and begin experimenting with the bounty of amazing produce the late summer season has to offer. If you’re eager to continue learning more, we highly recommend downloading our Food Monster App, which is available for both Android and iPhone, and can also be found on Instagram and Facebook. The app has more than 8,000 plant-based, allergy-friendly recipes, and subscribers gain access to ten new recipes per day. Check it out!
Lead image source: Sugar-Free Cinnamon Cardamom Plum Jam