6 Farmer Market Finds You've Never Tried Before

Have you ever shopped the supermarket’s produce aisle and just wished there could be more variety? Well, you are in luck this summer because many farmer’s markets have new and exciting fruits and vegetables that you have probably never heard of. Keep your eye out for these foods to add to your weekly meals.

Green Zebra Tomatoes

Green zebra tomatoes resemble tiny watermelons and taste closer to a tomatillo than a tomato. Try grilling them with a lit bit of olive oil and balsamic vinegar. Or use them in your favorite salsa recipe.


Kohlrabi’s have a taste that falls somewhere between a broccoli and cabbage flavor profile. After you take the tough outer skin off, you can eat it raw in salads, just like you would jicama. You can also cook kohlrabi just like a potato. Try them in roasts or cut up and baked like fries.


While sunchokes are usually referred to as Jerusalem artichokes, they are actually not artichokes at all. Instead, they are the roots of sunflowers. They have a crisp texture and nutty flavor. They can be roasted, boiled, baked, and even mashed like potatoes. They are a good source of iron too.

Romanesco Broccoli

Romanesco broccoli is a sight for the eyes. It is a vibrant green color with weird and pointy texture when you first buy it. However, it is a delicious cross between a cauliflower and broccoli, and it can be used just as you would use those vegetables. It is beneficial for the health because it contains cancer-fighting sulfur compounds and calcium for healthy bones.


The cherimoya is an odd-named fruit with a leathery skin. However, it is often referred to as the ice cream fruit because it tastes like a cross between bananas, papaya, and flan. Unlike other fruits, the cherimoya has four grams of protein and seven grams of fiber. It can be used in smoothies, sorbets, and other desserts. Just be sure not to eat the black seeds because they are poisonous.

Chioggia Beets

These Chioggia beets look just like the beets you buy from the store. However, once you cut them open, you will see that they are actually red and white striped. They are gorgeous and taste sweeter than beets. The best part is that they do not dye everything red like beets do. Just prepare them like you would your favorite beet recipe.

There are so many exciting fruits and vegetables out there that so many of us have yet tried. Open up your taste buds to more exciting flavors and health benefits this summer.

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