10 Tasty Fruits and Vegetables to Pickle This Summer

While I'll never turn down good ol' cucumber pickles, there are so many other tasty summer fruits and vegetables out there begging to be covered with a sweet-tart brine. It's time to give squash, peaches, and even okra a star turn in a mason jar — here are ten fruits and vegetables you should pickle this summer!

1. Corn: Pickling tames the sweetness of corn and turns it into a great summer relish to serve with grilled meats or fish.

→ Get a recipe: Pickled Corn - Bon Appetit

2. Eggplant: Don't like eggplant because you think it's bland? Use eggplant's spongy texture to your advantage since it'll readily soak up pickling liquid and take on new flavors.

→ Get a recipe: Pickled Eggplant - CHOW

3. Green Beans: Green beans are some of the easiest vegetables to pickle since you don't even need to cut them up. Use these as a fun garnish for cocktails like bloody Marys.

→ Get a recipe: Canned Soy & Wasabi Pickled Green Beans - Cook. Can. CSA.

4. Okra: Okra pods are hollow and soak up a lot of pickling liquid, turning any unpleasant slime into a thing of the past.

→ Get a recipe: Pickled Okra - Simply Recipes

5. Peppers: Pickled peppers add a winning combination of spicy sourness to sandwiches, hot dogs, nachos, or burgers.

→ Get a recipe: Quick-Pickled Cherry Peppers

6. Peaches: This may seem like an unusual fruit to pickle, but juicy pickled peaches go well with pork, ham, or fried chicken.

→ Get a recipe: Pickled Peaches - Saveur

7. Radishes: Pickled radishes are tangy, sweet, crunchy, and have a natural spiciness, plus the skin on red radishes dyes the pickles into a beautiful shade of pink!

8. Sugar snap peas: These may seem like an unusual thing to pickle, but crunchy, super sweet sugar snap peas take well to garlic and vinegar and make them even more snackable.

→ Get a recipe: Pickled Sugar Snap Peas - Smitten Kitchen

9. Summer squash: Skip zucchini bread — pickling is a healthier way to use up that bumper crop of summer squash.

→ Get a recipe: Pickled Yellow Squash

10. Tomatoes: If you're tired of eating tomatoes raw or turning them into sauce, try pickling and using them as bruschetta topping instead.

→ Get a recipe: Pickled Red Tomatoes - Serious Eats

(Image credits: Nealey Dozier; Saveur; Cook. Can. CSA.; Joanna Miller; Whitney in Chicago)

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