Fresh Produce at a Glance, Flash cards

When to Buy Which Seasonal Produce

Do you know which fruits and vegetables to buy "in Season" every month of every year? If your answer is "no," don't feel bad, not many consumers do.The free printable guide cards provided here are for your fun and savings, and have been designed to encourage you to buy fresh organic produce at its peek seasonal time. The beautiful and colorful produce flash card designs clearly tell you what produce is in season each month of the year.

Fresh Produce ensemble
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Why is fresh produce so important?

Knowing which organic produce to buy in each month of the year gives you the edge on freshness, flavor, vitamin content, availability, as well as offering you the biggest money saving opportunities. When buying "in season" items, you will be taking full advantage of what mother nature has offered within her own perfect produce timing. The items will be abundant, at peak freshness, and will be the lowest cost to consumers, because you have bought them when the supply it at its greatest.

Buying fresh organic produce when it is in season also brings you variety in the kitchen, inspiring new and healthful menus. By getting your Produce this seasonally fresh, deeply flavorful, and at its cheapest cost during the year, you win on every organic produce level!

Why It's Important to Understand How Much Fruit Fructose You Consume Daily

So often we hear how our society is becoming more and more overly obese. We diet, exercise and try to eat lots of fruits and veggies, but the weight just keeps piling on. What the heck is going on and why can't we mange to control our waistlines? A startling book by Dr. Richard Johnson has a lot to say in answer to this exact question! His response would be, "Fructose" of course!

In a field crowded with sugary advice, Dr. Richard Johnson carves out new territory for us to explore. But his book "The Sugar Fix" is so much more than a ride to another way to be healthy. "The Sugar Fix" compiles the rich understanding of the science of fructose and its constant travel companion, uric acid. Dr. Johnson takes-on the current epidemic surrounding obesity and gives a clear vision of how the damage that has already been done, may be reversed with the right know-how. It is compelling, provocative, and will challenge many of the debates regarding popular food paradigms. If you have an interest is being as healthy as your genetics will allow you to be, get your hands on Dr. Johnson's book, and start your travel towards a healthier you today!

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Get Your Copy of Dr. Johnson's Book "THE SUGAR FIX" Right Here!

The Sugar Fix: The High-Fructose Fallout That Is Making You Fat and Sick
The Sugar Fix: The High-Fructose Fallout That Is Making You Fat and Sick

Provides a detailed plan for reducing dietary fructose intake, promoting weight loss, and reversing many of the serious health consequences associated with the typical American high-fructose diet.

 

CHART FOR FRUCTOSE CONTENT IN FRUIT (Measured in Grams)

To give you a helpful example of Dr. Johnson's scientific know-how and research swagger, the table below is compiled from Dr. Johnson's calculations regarding the quantity of fructose we will find in every day fruits. For your convenience, each fruit has been listed, the serving size is recommended for that fruit type, and the grams of fructose for each fruit item is then tallied.

How Much Fructose Are You Getting in Your Diet?

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FRUIT   
SERVING SIZE   
GRAMS OF FRUCTOSE   
apricot 
1 med. 
1.3 
 apple (whole)
1 med.  
9.5 
apricots (dried) 
1 cup 
16.4 
blackberries
1 cup
3.5
boysenberries
1 cup
4.6
banana
1 med.
7.1
blueberries
1 cup
7.4
cranberries
1 cup
0.7
cantaloupe
1/8 med. melon
2.8
clementine
1 med.
3.4
cherries (sweet)
10
3.8
cherries (sour)
1 cup
4.0
date (Deglet Noor style)
1 med.
2.6
date (Medjool)
1 med.
7.7
figs (dried)
1 cup
23.0
guava
2 med.
2.2
grapefruit (pink or red)
1/2 med.
4.3
grapes, seedless (green or red)
1 cup
12.4
honeydew
1/8 med. melon
6.7
kiwifruit
1 med.
3.4
limes
1 med.
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lemons
1 med.
0.6
mango
1/2 med.
16.2
nectarine
1 med.
5.4
orange (navel)
1 med.
6.1
passion fruit
1 med.
0.9
prune
1 med.
1.2
pineapple
1 slice (3.5" x .75")
4.0
peach
1 med.
5.9
papaya
1/2 med.
6.3
persimmon
1 med.
10.6
pear
1 med.
11.8
raspberries
1 cup
3.0
raisins
1/4 cup
12.3
star fruit
1 med.
3.6
strawberries
1 cup
3.8
tangerine / mandarin orange
1 med.
4.8
watermelon
1/16 med. melon
11.3
Calculations are derived from Dr. Richard Johnson's book "The Sugar Fix" published by Rodale Books; 1st edition(April 1, 2008) Available on AMAZON (see above link)
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About these "Produce Flash Cards"

Each card is designed in a convenient easy printing style. One card for each month provides you with the information you need to get your organic produce when it is at its freshest seasonal peak. Add these "produce flash cards" to your recipe collection so you can determine when to buy which organic produce for your seasonal recipe selections. Nothing says good-cookin' like fresh foods!

January produce guide card
January produce guide card | Source
February produce guide card
February produce guide card | Source
March produce guide card
March produce guide card | Source
April produce guide card
April produce guide card | Source
May produce guide card
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June produce guide card
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July produce guide card
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August produce guide card
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How Do You Choose Your Produce When Shopping?

Knowing when each produce item is at its peak seasonal freshness is the first step to giving your family the healthiest foods that are also full of vitamins; but, it may not be enough.

Knowing what to look for when choosing your produce at the market is of great importance as well. Because each piece of produce has its own features and requirements, it can be pretty easy to make a mistake. With this in mind, below I have provided you with a video that gives you some quick pointers on how you can "pick" the freshest produce right off the grocery store display for your growing family!

How To Pick the Best produce Video!

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September produce guide card
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October produce guide card
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November produce guide card
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December produce guide card
December produce guide card | Source
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WillSteinmetz 5 years ago

Great hub.


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K9keystrokes 5 years ago from Northern, California Author

mareezy13~ Fantastic! So glad you find these produce guide cards useful for finding the freshest in-season vegies and fruit every month. Thanks for your comments and I am in your corner hoping you find a vegetarian diet can bring you vigor and good health!

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mareezy13 5 years ago from Chicago, IL

This is very informative. I have been leaning towards a more vegetarian lifestyle and the only way I knew which produce was in season was going up to our house in Michigan and going down to the local farmers to buy veggies. Bookmarked for future use!


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K9keystrokes 5 years ago from Northern, California Author

William~ Thank you for your comments! Produce is a very important component for a healthy diet, plus it just taste darn good. These guide cards are a very handy tool to follow when shopping for the best fruit any time of the year! I appreciate you stopping by today.

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william.fischer29 5 years ago

Very interesting hub.


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K9keystrokes 5 years ago from Northern, California Author

Katiem2~Thanks for the comments my friend. I love organic foods as well and finding them perfectly in season is like a little treasure hunt monthly! I designed these cards to help me manage the markets and remind me what produce I was looking for each month. They have proved very helpful for me, so I thought it would be fun to share the produce guide cards for free. I really appreciate you stopping by today!

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Chspublish~Thanks for the comment. I agree, anything to help keep us organized is okay in my book!

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Hey Darski~Knowing the seasonal "picks" when it comes to produce buying is a great way to find the best flavors while saving a buck or two! I am very glad to see you made it by for a read! I appreciate your time very much.

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Austinstar~I enjoy blueberries also, and finding them at their peak season makes all of the difference in flavor and price! Some hot-house berries have found their way onto the produce shelves, so knowing when the naturally seasoned berries are out is very helpful produce knowledge. Thanks so much for coming by and reading my little produce guide cards hub! I am always grateful for your time.

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katiem2 5 years ago from I'm outta here

Awesome l love organic and opt for it everytime I can. I love your Fresh Organic Foods - Learn What is in Season Every Month Using These Free Printable Produce guide cards!

Thanks :) Katie


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chspublish 5 years ago from Ireland

Being organised around vegetable buying is a usefyl way to go.


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Darlene Sabella 5 years ago from Hello, my name is Toast and Jam, I live in the forest with my dog named Sam ...

Wow, this is an excellent hub, I love this. I never know if I am in season or not. I come from California where everything just dropped off the trees, now in Colorado, fresh food is a joke out here, it's so strange that we all come from the same country, yet these folks eat just unhealty foods, and they still smoke. Anyway this is so great, thank you so much, I rate you up up up peace & love darski


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Austinstar 5 years ago from Somewhere in the universe

I've always wondered why my favorite fruits aren't available year round. I love blueberries, but they are hard to find sometimes. Now I know why.

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