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The Lives and Times of Fruits and Vegetables

Fruits and veg­eta­bles are in sea­son and taste the best at dif­fer­ent times of the year. When decid­ing on meals and snacks, this list can help you get the most for your taste buds.

Win­ter Pro­duce: December-February

  • Brus­sels sprouts
  • But­ter­cup squash
  • Chest­nuts
  • Col­lard Greens
  • Kale
  • Leeks
  • Sweet Pota­toes
  • Turnips
  • Clemen­tines
  • Dates
  • Grape­fruit
  • Kiwi Fruit
  • Man­darin Oranges
  • Oranges
  • Pears
  • Pum­melo
  • Tan­ger­ines

Spring Pro­duce: March-May

  • Arti­chokes
  • Aspara­gus
  • Broc­coli
  • But­ter Lettuce
  • Col­lard Greens
  • Corn
  • Fava Beans
  • Fen­nel
  • Green Beans
  • Mus­tard Greens
  • Peas
  • Pur­ple Asparagus
  • Radic­chio
  • Sor­rel
  • Spinach
  • Vidalia Onions
  • Apri­cots
  • Hon­ey­dew
  • Limes
  • Lychee
  • Straw­ber­ries
  • Man­gos
  • Oranges
  • Pineap­ple
  • Rhubarb

Sum­mer Pro­duce: June-August

  • Beets
  • Bell Pep­pers
  • Ana­heim Chile
  • Corn
  • Cucum­bers
  • Egg­plant
  • Green Beans
  • Gar­lic
  • Edamame
  • Jalapeno Pep­pers
  • Lima Beans
  • Okra
  • Peas
  • Radishes
  • Shal­lots
  • Sugar Snap Peas
  • Sum­mer Squash
  • Tomatillo
  • Toma­toes
  • Zuc­chini
  • Yukon Gold Potatoes
  • Apri­cots
  • Asian Pears
  • Black Cur­rants
  • Black­ber­ries
  • Blue­ber­ries
  • Boy­sen­ber­ries
  • Rasp­ber­ries
  • Straw­ber­ries
  • Can­taloupe
  • Cher­ries
  • Figs
  • Grape­fruit
  • Grapes
  • Hon­ey­dew Melon
  • Limes
  • Lychee
  • Nec­tarines
  • Pas­sion Fruit
  • Peaches
  • Plums
  • Water­melon

Autumn Pro­duce: September-November

  • Squash (Sweet Dumpling, Del­i­cata, But­ter­nut, But­ter­cup, and Acorn)
  • Broc­coli
  • Brus­sels Sprouts
  • Cau­li­flower
  • Endive
  • Gar­lic
  • Gin­ger
  • Jalapeno Pep­pers
  • Radic­chio
  • Sweet Pota­toes
  • Swiss Chard
  • Turnips
  • Asian Pear
  • Bar­ba­dos Cherries
  • Cac­tus Pear
  • Cran­ber­ries
  • Date Plums
  • Grapes
  • Guava
  • Huck­le­ber­ries
  • Key Limes
  • Pas­sion Fruit
  • Pears
  • Per­sim­mons
  • Pome­gran­ates
  • Pump­kin
  • Quince

Year-Round Pro­duce

  • Ama­ranth
  • Avo­ca­dos
  • Banana Squash
  • Bell Pep­pers
  • Black Eyed Peas
  • Bok Choy
  • Cab­bage
  • Car­rots
  • Cel­ery Root
  • Cel­ery
  • Cherry Toma­toes
  • Leek
  • Let­tuce
  • Mush­rooms
  • Olives
  • Onions
  • Parsnips
  • Pearl Onions
  • Pota­toes
  • Rutaba­gas
  • Apples
  • Bananas
  • Coconut
  • Lemons
  • Papayas

Some fruit and veg­eta­bles have vari­eties that peak at dif­fer­ent times, such as mush­rooms. Mush­rooms are avail­able all year, but some types peak in the spring and autumn. If stock­ing up is a habit, buy­ing more fruits and veg­eta­bles while they are in sea­son, and then pre­serv­ing them is a good idea. When you freeze, can, or pre­serve the food, you get the great taste while the pro­duce is out of season.

 

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