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What Fruits Are in Season Now

Updated on May 30, 2016
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Mmmm fruit, otherwise known as nature’s candy. It’s sweet, it’s sour, it’s tart, it’s tangy, it’s crisp, it’s juicy – in a word, it’s delicious. That is, when it’s in season and at the peak of its ripeness. Unfortunately, under-ripe fruit can sometimes taste like little more than mildly flavored water while over-ripe fruit can make your taste buds recoil.

However, these days it seems that you can get almost any fruit at any time of the year – you’ll see cherries in winter, tangerines in summer, apples in spring, and berries in the fall. Yet just because they’re available doesn’t mean they’re in season. There are actually only a few fruits that really are in season year-round. The chart below outlines 39 different fruits and their seasons – from summer fruits to winter fruits to spring fruits to fall fruits. Find out which fruits are in season right now.

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Apples
Fall
China
Depends on the variety - could be mild and sweet or tart and tangy.
There are more than 7,500 cultivars.
Apricots
Summer
Turkey
Sweet or tart depending on ripeness.
Three apricots contain only about 50 calories in total.
Avocado
Spring
Mexico
Buttery and somewhat nutty.
Avocados have also been called the "Alligator Pear."
Bananas
Year-round
India
Sweet and starchy (bitter when under-ripe and tangy when over-ripe).
The inside of a banana peel can be used to polish shoes.
Blackberries
Late spring - early fall (May - Oct)
US
Sweet or bitter depending on ripeness.
Blackberries are one of the few fruits that contain vitamin E.
Blueberries
Summer
US
Sweet or tart depending on ripeness.
Early colonists made gray paint out of blueberries by boiling them in milk.
Cantaloupe
Summer
China
Sweet.
"Cantaloupe is also known as "rockmelon."
Cherries
Summer (June - August)
Turkey
Sweet, sour, or tangy depending on variety.
About 7,000 cherries grow on an average tart cherry tree.
Clementine
Winter
China
Sweet.
Clementines are also called "Christmas oranges" because their limited growing season is during winter.
Cranberries
Winter
US
Bittersweet.
Native Americans and Pilgrims used cranberries as a red dye.
Currants
Early summer (June - August)
Russian Federation
Tart.
Currants grow on shrubs or bushes.
Dragon fruit
Late spring - mid fall (May - Oct)
Vietnam
Mildly sweet.
Dragon fruit grows on a climbing cactus.
Figs
Summer
Turkey
Sweet
A half cup of figs provides as much calcium as a half cup of milk.
Gooseberries
Summer
Russian Federation
Sweet, tangy, and floral.
Competitive gooseberry growing was popular in England until the first world war.
Grapefruit
Winter - spring (Dec - April)
China
Sweet and tart or sour and acidic depending on variety.
More than 5 million tons of grapefruit are produced each year.
Grapes
Fall
China
Sweet or bitter depending on ripeness.
There are 7 different colors of grapes: red, green, white, black, purple, blue, and golden.
Guava
Spring - winter (June - March)
Unknown
Sweet.
Guavas have 5 times the vitamin C of oranges.
Honeydew
Late spring - early fall (June - Oct)
China
Sweet.
A cup of honeydew provides more than half the recommended daily amount of vitamin C.
Kiwi
Spring - fall
Italy
Tart and acidic.
The kiwi fruit is actually a berry.
Kumquats
Winter
China
Sweet and tart.
Kumquats have their own genus and are not actually citrus fruits.
Lemon
Year-round
India
Tart and sour.
Lemons are the single largest and best sources of vitamin C.
Lime
Year-round
India
Tart and sour.
One lime has just 20 calories.
Lychee
Early summer (June - July)
Unknown
Sweet and fragrant.
The seed of the lychee is actually toxic and should not be eaten.
Mango
Late spring - summer (June - August)
India
Sweet (somewhat acidic when under-ripe).
Mangoes are the most popular fruit in the world.
Nectarines
Late spring - early fall (May - Sept)
China
Sweet or tart depending on variety and ripeness.
"Nectarine" means "sweet as nectar."
Oranges
Winter - spring (Nov - April)
Brazil
Sweet or tart, depending on variety and ripeness.
Only 20% of the orange crop worldwide is sold as whole fruit - the rest is used to make juice, extracts, and preserves.
Papaya
Late spring - early fall (June - Sept)
India
Very sweet.
Papaya seeds can be ground up and used as a substitute for black pepper.
Passion fruit
Nearly year-round (Jan - Nov)
Unknown
Sweet and tart.
The passion fruit flower is the national flower of Paraguay.
Peaches
Summer (July - August)
China
Sweet or tart/acidic depending on the variety.
Peaches are symbols of immortality and unity.
Pears
Late summer - winter
China
Mildly sweet.
There are more than 3,000 varieties of pears grown in the world.
Pineapple
Spring (April - May)
Brazil
Sweet and tangy.
Pineapples ripen faster if you stand them upside down.
Plums
Summer
China
Sweet or tart depending on variety and ripeness.
Plum trees are grown on every continent except Antarctica.
Pomegranate
Winter - fall (Jan - Oct)
Unknown
Sweet and tart.
The word "pomegranate" is Latin for "apple of many seeds."
Quince
Late fall - early winter (Oct - Dec)
Turkey
Sweet, once cooked.
Quince is inedible raw.
Raspberries
Summer (June - August)
Russia
Sweet and tart.
Once raspberries have been picked, they won't ripen anymore.
Star fruit
Summer - winter
Unknown
Sweet or tart depending on variety.
Some believe the star fruit can help slow the aging process.
Strawberries
Summer
US
Sweet.
On average, there are 200 tiny seeds in every strawberry.
Tangerine
Winter (Dec - Jan)
China
Sweet and tart.
One medium tangerine has only about 37 calories.
Watermelon
Late spring - summer (May - August)
China
Sweet.
There are more than 1,200 varieties of watermelon.

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    • GiblinGirl profile imageAUTHOR

      GiblinGirl 

      5 years ago from New Jersey

      Thanks Deborah!

    • Deborah Brooks profile image

      Deborah Brooks Langford 

      5 years ago from Brownsville,TX

      great hub.. right now we cannot get Cherries or Strawberries.. we do love our fruit.. if we cannot get it fresh we get the dried ones..

      Happy new year

      sharing

      Debbie

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      peachy 

      5 years ago from Home Sweet Home

      wonderful fruity hub. I love kiwi. Gonna mix some salad with them. Fruits are great for all seasons. Great hub

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