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What’s in Season? A Quick Guide to Month-by-Month Fruit and Vegetable Selection.

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Summer is just about here and with it comes a wide variety of fresh, luscious, delectable “summery” fruits and vegetables that can be tough to come by at other times of the year in many parts of the country.

That doesn’t mean you can’t get your fruits and vegetables easily throughout the year, though.

Why is it important to eat in-season fruits and vegetables?

  1. They’re cheaper. Modern food transportation means that you can get any kind of fruit and vegetable any time of year – but when you buy in-season and locally, it’s much cheaper.
  2. They taste better. There are hothouse tomatoes bought from the grocery store at any time – and then there are lush, sun-kissed, fresh picked tomatoes available from your farmer’s market, a roadside stand – or from your own garden. Try it; you’ll see that nothing beats the taste of “just picked” ripeness.
  3. You’ll get variety. Seasonal fruits and vegetables in your healthy cooking recipes give you a lot of variety. Certain fruits and vegetables as listed above are available all year round; change your cooking up by substituting seasonal fruits and vegetables whenever you can.
  4. They’re more nutritious. When fruits and vegetables simply sit (or travel long distances, as most grocery store produce does) they lose some of their nutritional punch. Therefore, opt for truly fresh and seasonal whenever you can.

When are in-season fruits and vegetables available? 
Make good use of fruits and vegetables in your healthy cooking easily. The “always available” fruits and vegetables that are in season all year (listed below) will get you started, and when spring, summer, and early fall come around your healthy cooking can truly take off with recipes that can keep you looking good and can even help you lose weight if need be.

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Fresh fruits and vegetables that are in season all year.

Fruits
Bananas
Apples
Lemons
Oranges
Grapefruit
Tangerines
Avocado

Vegetables
Rutabagas
Onions
Mushrooms
Lettuces
Leeks
Eggplant
Carrots
Cabbage
Broccoli
Cauliflower
Some squashes
Kale
Celery
Potatoes

Fruits and vegetables available by month
Next are the seasonal fruits and vegetables that are available in specific months, as are the “always available” choices listed above:

January
Vegetables
  • Brussels sprouts
  • Turnips

Fruits
  • As listed above for “all season”

February
Fruits and vegetables as listed above for “all season”

March
In addition to the “always available” fruits and vegetables as listed above, seasonal choices include:

Vegetables
  • Artichokes
  • Radishes
  • Parsnips

Fruits
  • Pineapples

April
Vegetables
  • Asparagus
  • Rhubarb
  • Okra
  • Swiss chard
  • Zucchini
  • Young peas

Fruits
  • Strawberries

May
Vegetables
  • Asparagus
  • Rhubarb
  • Okra
  • Swiss chard
  • Zucchini
  • Young peas

Fruits
  • Apricots
  • Cherries
  • Mangoes

June
Vegetables
  • Asparagus
  • Rhubarb
  • Okra
  • Swiss chard
  • Zucchini
  • Young peas
  • Corn

Fruits
  • Blueberries
  • Kiwi
  • Cantaloupe
  • Watermelon

July
Vegetables
  • Cucumbers
  • Green, red peppers
  • Green beans
  • Kohlrabi
  • Summer squash

Fruits
  • Blackberries
  • Peaches
  • Nectarines
  • Raspberries
  • Plums
  • Tomatoes

August
Vegetables
  • Butternut and acorn squash

September
Seasonal choices are becoming more limited, with some of the warmer weather fruits and vegetables (cherries, blueberries, raspberries, etc.) becoming scarce as winter approaches. However, the following are available in addition to year-round choices:

Vegetables
  • Green beans
  • Parsnips
  • Spinach
  • Beets

Fruits
  • Figs
  • Grapes
  • Pomegranates
  • Pumpkins
  • Cantaloupe
  • Mangoes

October
Vegetables
  • Sweet potatoes
  • Spinach
  • Persimmons
  • Cranberries
  • Acorn and butternut squash
  • Turnips
  • Rutabagas
  • Pumpkins
  • Pomegranates
  • Swiss chard
  • Winter squash

November and December
With the return cold temperatures, “always available” fruits and vegetables as listed for January and February make their return.

Additional notes: Potatoes, celery, apples and bananas are generally always available at good prices, as are cabbage, carrots, and onions.

 

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