'Tis The Season To Avocuddle

avocado, vegetable, sweet, guacamole
Jessica Kelly

Aside from being extremely delicious, avocados are a staple of a healthy lifestyle because of all of the benefits they offer. This fruit (Yes, avos are considered fruits!) is extremely nutrient-dense and will brighten you from inside out. The healthy fats in avocado allegedly make your hair and skin look radiant! Avocado oil is also a great choice for cooking because the fats in avocados are more heat-resistant than many others. Incorporate avos in your diet with this Tuna Avocado Poke recipe from Food Network. 

Drake's Favorite 

Passion fruit is said to originate from South America, but it has grown to be a worldwide-loved piece of produce. With a mildly sour taste and a hint of sugar, passion fruit will transport you to an island gateway with its overall tropical sensation. Get your sweet tooth fix with this Passion Fruit Mousse recipe from The Spruce Eats

Passion fruit's distant cousin 

Slightly sweeter and crunchier, pomegranate is similar to passion fruit in the sense that you eat its seeds. Its super juicy inside made up of jewel-like seeds is definitely worth the hassle of opening up, and is a great addition for dishes that need that extra kick of tartness. Pomegranate makes a superb topping for yogurts and salads - give it a try with this Raw Kale Salad With Pomegranate And Toasted Walnuts recipe from Martha Stewart.

A Side Of Greens

Chinese Long Beans are closely related to black-eyed peas and can grow up to 1 meter long, probably making them among the longest of vegetables. They taste very similar to green string beans - with some people saying that Chinese long beans actually have a milder flavor - and offer an array of micronutrients to nourish your body. Turn them into your favorite side of greens with this Glazed Chinese Long Beans Recipe from Food Network

An All-Time Favorite

mushroom, pasture, vegetable, tuber, cereal
Hana Brannigan

Mushrooms are many people's favorite (or most tolerable) veggie, because of their tenderness and mild earthy flavor. There are currently over 10,000 known types of mushrooms, but only a few are among top chefs' picks. Cremini, Portobello, and Shiitake are probably among the few most renowned ones, and all three have very different textures and flavors, making them common ingredients in widely different International cuisines. Get creative at home and try this Grilled Mushroom Risotto Recipe from Jamie Oliver 

A Complicated Relationship 

vegetable, pasture, cabbage, brussels sprout
Alia Nahra

Brussel Sprouts often get a bad rep, but it is mostly because the majority of us don't know how to make them taste as delicious as they can be. They are high in nutrients, antioxidants, and fiber which is why they will make you feel full for a long time after eating them. Try this banging Creamy Garlic Parmesan Brussel Sprouts With Bacon Recipe from Cafe Delites.

There's A Squash For Everyone

pumpkin, vegetable, pasture, squash
Dea Uy

Butternut Squash, Spaghetti Squash, Kabocha Squash, Acorn Squash, Sugar Pumpkin - pick your favorite! They all have a tender flesh and different flavor variations, perfect to try on different recipes. A few of my favorites are Cinnamon Roasted Butternut Squash Recipe from Well Plated, Spaghetti Squash Alfredo With Pancetta And Peas Recipe from Food Network, and Maple Sugar Pumpkin Pie Recipe from Taste Of Home