Last Updated May 30, 2015
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purple green orange and red chili peppers
Illustration by Maria Schoettler

Our SuperFoods series spotligts local foods that are both delicious and packed with powerful health-promoting nutrients.

Superfood: Apples

slices of apples
An apple a day keeps the doctor away? The phrase may be cliché at this point, but it is still among the more sound pieces of nutrition advice echoing through popular culture. Though apples alone are...

Superfoods: Basil

basil leaves
Stroll through a farmers' market at the height of summer and you'll be tantalized by the sweet perfume of basil. This pungent herb brings a taste of the garden to summertime dishes around the city.

SuperFoods: Berries

strawberries blackberries blueberries cherries
SUMMER BERRIES are the off-the-bush equivalent of Jelly Beans for kids. These incredibly nutritious, pop-in-your-mouth snacks come in a surprising variety of colors, textures and flavors: from...

Superfoods: Chili Peppers

purple green orange and red peppers
Sometimes sweet, sometimes spicy and always beautiful, you'd be hard-pressed to find a sexier fruit than the chili pepper. And with their extensive list of health benefits and medicinal properties,...

Superfoods: Lentils

different varieties of lentils
The humble lentil has been nourishing humanity for thousands of years. As one of the most healthy and inexpensive sources of protein and iron on the planet, lentils are a legitimate superfood and are...

Superfoods: Oysters

oysters on half shel
Prized for their delicate flavor and deep complexity, oysters in all their forms are adored by sea food lovers around the world. For such a small package, the oyster has an astounding range of...

Superfoods: Watermelon

watermelon slices
Few fruits embody the essence of summer like the humble watermelon. Sweet, juicy and refreshing, the watermelon is also a nutritional powerhouse filled with cancer-fighting vitamins and antioxidants.

Superfoods: Zucchini

zucchini slices salad
Zucchini are typically neglected on lists of superfoods because of a general misconception that plants must have brightly colored flesh to be rich in antioxidants. Yet despite their creamy interior...
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