Celebrate the Best Seasonal Veggies in Your Neighborhood this Meatless Monday

Summer is gradually turning into fall, and that means the summer produce season will soon turn into an autumn harvest! If you’re eager to do some cooking with fruits and vegetables that are at their peak right now, it helps to do a little research before hitting the farmer’s market. Make Meatless Monday your first stop! Here are the fruits and veggies that are in season right now:

In addition to being a great source of fiber and Vitamin C, apples are loaded with phytonutrients that regulate blood sugar and pectin, which may slow down colon cancer.

Cinnamon Ginger Apple Chipsapple chips

Butternut Squash
One of several winter squash varieties, butternut squash’s thin skin makes it easy to cut and prepare.

Butternut Squash Apple Burgerssquash burger

Cranberries originated right here in North America and were cultivated by Native Americans for their antibacterial properties, Vitamin C, and ability to fight diseases.

Cranberry Balsamic Brussels Sproutscranberry brussels sprouts

The jury is in – salting eggplant does keep it from soaking up too much oil while cooking and becoming spongy.

Eggplant Fiesta Ragouteggplant ragout

When buying the best pomegranate, choose one that seems like it’s too heavy for its size.

Pumpkin and Kale with Creamy Polentapolenta

Garlic provides tons of health benefits with its flavor – it’s a great source of Vitamins B6 and C, potassium, calcium, and anti-inflammatory, anti-oxidative sulfuric compounds that have been studied for treating heart disease and the common cold.

Red Pepper Pesto Pâtépesto pate

Smartphone users now have a great option on the go for finding seasonal fruits and vegetables in your area. Download the Seasonal Food Guide – the most comprehensive online database of seasonal food on the internet! You can find the app on the App Store or Google Play by searching Seasonal Food Guide.