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Vegetables and Fruits By the Season - What is Available Throughout the Year

Updated on January 13, 2008
 

We live during a time when we can get exactly what we want, when we want it. With the ability to ship goods throughout the world, most countries have access to fruits and vegetables that they would not have otherwise. Regardless of the time of year, we can get pretty much any fruit or vegetable at the local grocery store on the corner. This isn't always a good thing.

By the time all of these imported fruits and vegetables have reached the United States, it has been days, maybe even weeks. Most of these items are picked before they are even ripe. Nutritionally these foods are not the greatest for us. Picked at the peak of ripeness is the time when fruits and vegetables are the best for you. Of course this is difficult to do year round.

There are plenty of fruits and vegetables that are in season, here in the United States, each season of the year. Being willing to eat what is locally available is the best way to save money on fruits and vegetables and is the best for you nutritionally. For me eating what is local means different things in the summer and winter. In the summer I can eat fruits and vegetables right from my state. In the winter, though, this is not possible. Local becomes the United States for me at that point.

It can be difficult to figure out what exactly is in season when. Especially since you can walk into any grocery store and get whatever produce you want any time of year. Usually the cheapest options in the produce department are your in season vegetables and fruits. I thought is would be a good idea to list them out though.

Winter

Chestnuts

Grapefruit

Lemons

Oranges

Tangerines

Kale

Leeks

Radicchio

Radishes

Rutabaga

Turnips

Spring

Apricots

Avocado

Mango

Pineapple

Rhubarb

Strawberries

Artichoke

Asparagus

Carrots

Celeriac

Chives

Collards

Fava Beans

Fennel

Fiddlehead Ferns

Morels

Mustard Greens

New Potatoes

Spinach

Spring Baby Lettuce Mixes

Sugar Snap and Snow Peas

Vidalia Onions

Watercress

Summer

Blackberries

Blueberries

Nectarines

Peaches

Plums

Raspberries

Tomatoes

Watermelon

Beets

Broccoli

Chinese Cabbage

Corn

Cucumber

Eggplant

Garlic

Green Beans

Summer Squash

Zucchini

Fall

Apples

Cranberries

Figs

Grapes

Pears

Pomegranate

Quince

Acorn Squash

Belgian Endive

Butternut Squash

Cauliflower

Celeriac

Garlic

Ginger

Mushrooms

Parsnips

Potatoes

Pumpkin

Sweet Potatoes

Swiss Chard

It goes without saying that winter is the season when our options for fresh produce are most limited. Now is a good time to rely on frozen vegetables that were frozen at their peak ripeness - these are the best nutritionally. In the spring our options get better, however fruits are very limited during this time. Summer and fall are the times of the year that we have an abundance of vegetable and fruit options. This is a good time of year to freeze your own too, especially if you have your own garden.

No matter what the season though, there are fresh, in season fruits and vegetables available to us. These are your best bet, cost wise. Eating what is in season is a great way to stretch your grocery dollars. The book Animal, Vegetable, Miracle A Year Of Food Life is a wonderful book that documents one families year of eating only local (within their county) foods, not just produce. It has only been in recent decades that eating foods from other countries even became available. There is no reason why we can't go back to eating locally as much as possible. I hope this list of foods helps people realize exactly how much in season produce they have available to them, regardless of the season.

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      Whitney 9 years ago from Georgia

      Looks good. I hate when I have a taste for something and it's not available or what is available isn't the best quality.

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      Zsuzsy Bee 9 years ago from Ontario/Canada

      Jennifer! I agree with you about eating locally as much as possible. Like I always say lets supports our farmers first...

      Great HUB

      regards Zsuzsy

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      NatalieTM 9 years ago

      This is great stuff, Jennifer! In Vermont we have so many wonderful options via Farmer's Markets, local stands and many chain supermarkets carry local products from eggs to meat to veggies to craft items.

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      Leyda 9 years ago

      Excellent article! I was exactly looking for a list like this exactly for the reason of saving some $ on out of season items and trying to eat more local. Thanks for the time to compile this list! ;)

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      sharon 8 years ago

      I love the list and will definitely use it. The only thing is my baby loves bananas.......?

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      Jennifer 8 years ago

      Sharon, fortunately for you bananas are pretty cheap any time of the year.

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      Andre chef 8 years ago

      Very helpful, much appreciated!!

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      melissa 7 years ago

      cherries?

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      Jennifer 7 years ago

      Melissa, Cherries are usually in season in June, but it does depend on where they are grown.

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      loveofnight 7 years ago from Baltimore, Maryland

      supporting our local farmers / market is the right way to go

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      maricarmen 7 years ago

      I live in Miami, I love your advice, specially for seasons.

      Here we have every thing from local,around USA and other countries. I deeply appreciate frozen fruits because we can eat it year around. You are a Master.

      P.D. My english in not so good, sorry.

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      Avi chopper 7 years ago

      With modern agricaltural techniques you can get virtually any vegetable any time of the year, the problem is that genetically engineered vegetables are horrible in texture and flavour

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      di 7 years ago

      Thanks so much! This list is exactly what I was looking for to help me plan my meals and help me buy more local produce. :-)

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      natasha 7 years ago

      i love winter don't you???

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      T R Upshur 7 years ago from United States

      Thanks! This is just what I was looking for.

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      NAMRATHA KAMBLI 6 years ago

      ITS GOOD IN STUDIES TO GET INFORMATION

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      pwet 6 years ago

      tae kau..

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      wilrhoades 6 years ago

      Jennifer - your hub is good for health.

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      Mohamadally Jowahir  6 years ago

      it is good for health!

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      Tessa Neill 5 years ago

      Nice list- but people often overlook winter. Some 30 vegetables love cold conditions with just a little help. Eliot Coleman can explain much better than I can- and his low tech techniques work, as I play around with ideas every year. His books are a must read! Happy reading!

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      shabana 5 years ago

      thank you so much this is exactly what i need

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      Chidera 5 years ago

      Eating fruit and vegetables protect the body.

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      Aditya Shete 5 years ago

      thanks this is that i want

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      Thomas-H-A 5 years ago

      Thank you for hleping me with my homewoke

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      bob 4 years ago

      i aam a fishhh and with out my eye i would be a fshhh

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      matarakennedy 7 weeks ago

      great information for us to know

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