The 11 US States With BEST Summer Food

While your summer might not be filled with vacations and road trips this year—thanks, coronavirus—you can still take advantage of all the delicious foods summer has to offer.

From Florida’s Oranges to California’s creamy avocados, here’s the best summer food in every state. Find out if you’ll be doing your state proud this year—and don’t be afraid to snag some ideas from some other states, too. And if you love cooking, sign up for our newsletter to get daily recipes and food news in your inbox!

ALABAMA: Fried Green Tomatoes

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An around-the-year staple in Alabama, fried green tomatoes are a Southern favorite. Here’s a fun fact about green tomatoes: A study found that tomatidine, a compound found in these fruits, can up your muscle strength by 30 percent! Sure, the fact that they’re fried does not make it healthy at all, but the green tomato must count for something, right?

ALASKA: Berries

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Blueberries, cranberries, blackberries—you name it! Alaska’s wilderness turf is great for growing a large variety of berries. In fact, berry picking is a common activity and allows for endless smoothie combinations to choose from. Not to mention, you’ll reap tons of nutritional benefits like antioxidants and fiber from these delicious fruits.

ARKANSAS: Watermelon

Arkansas is home to one of the biggest watermelon festivals in the country, which makes this fruit a summer favorite! While it’s unclear if this year’s event will still take place amid the pandemic, you can still enjoy the tasty fruit at home. This water-dense food is great for fighting belly bloat and keeping you cool for summer nights.


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Squash is one of the foods of the indigenous people who settled in Arizona and reaches its peak in late summer. Summer squash offers a rich amount of fiber, manganese, magnesium, and folate, proving that it’s a huge nutritional player. Serve it in a salad or bake a delicious veggie lasagna with it. Or try this Sumptuous Vegan Gem Squash with Tofu & Thyme Stuffing


Typically, you can get this fiber-rich food at any time of the year, but it’s summer when avocado reaches its peak in northern California. Avocados are a great source of healthy fats and one of our favorite weight-loss foods. You can make avocado smoothies, use the fruit as a baking substitute, or make some delicious avocado toast.

Also check out 7 Cool & Refreshing Vegan Ways To Use Avocados in the Summer 

FLORIDA: Oranges

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Aside from being the home of Mickey Mouse, beaches, and that bustling Miami party scene, Florida is also the home state of many orange groves. In addition to supporting your immune system with vitamin C, oranges are also rich in fiber and potassium.

GEORGIA: Peaches

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It’s no surprise that peaches are Georgia’s top summer food. They’re harvested between May and August, so you can be sure that you’re getting the juiciest of the crop. By the way, did you know that peaches are high in sorbitol? Sorbitol is a sugar alcohol that acts as a laxative to help move things along in our intestinal tract, ultimately helping relieve constipation.

Check out this Beyond Yummy Peppers and Peaches Summer Vegan Pizza 

HAWAII: Pineapples

Along with the beaches and luaus, numerous pineapple plantations are found in Hawaii. This fruit is considered to be nature’s version of Red Bull, thanks to its high source of manganese, a trace mineral that’s essential for energy production.

Try this Tropical Mango and Pineapple Fruit Mince

IDAHO: Potatoes

Did you see this one coming? Idaho’s potatoes are famous all over America. Chances are good that your French fries come from one of the many potato fields in the “Gem State.” Whatever you do, don’t toss out the skins; they’re the healthiest part of the potato.

IOWA: Corn

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With cornfields as far as the eye can see, it’s no wonder that this state has the best supply of this fiber-rich food.

MICHIGAN: Cherries

Summer means it’s cherry season, and you’ll find the ripest, juiciest ones in all the land in Michigan. Cherries were first cultivated in the Traverse City area and have been a Michigan favorite ever since. And here’s a little nutrition info for you: One cup of cherries clocks in at fewer than 100 calories and boasts B vitamins, cancer-fighting flavonoids, and three grams of fiber. They’re also marked as a natural sleep aid, thanks to their melatonin content.

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