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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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