It’s time to rethink how you feel about your weekly grocery shop—starting with the shop itself. Your local market may feel like a sterile, fluorescent migraine of marketing come-ons and disillusioned checkout teens—or, in some cases, an overwhelming bounty of overpriced organics. But imagine it instead as a vast frontier of hidden treasures and untold adventures, a place packed with new sights, flavors, and textures.
See, most big supermarkets are loaded with cool foods that you have never tried—exotic fruits from the Amazon, heirloom vegetables nurtured by family farmers, spices and herbs from Asia, ancient grains loved by civilizations long forgotten. Of course, there are plenty of Frankenfoods concocted by food marketers, but there are even more stalks and roots and vines that have been grown for centuries that deserve more attention.
The great thing about these 12 superfoods below is that they’re phenomenally nutrient-dense and nutrient-diverse, meaning they bring potent quantities of the vitamins and minerals we need every day. The next time you head to the store, find them and discover new flavors, unique sensations—and a healthier, happier you.