What Fruits and Vegetables Are in Season?

Fresh Fruits and Vegetables by Month

Buying fruits and vegetables can get expensive, so to cut down on costs, it's important to buy ones that are in season. However, knowing what's in season can prove to be challenging at times; lucky for you, Wise Bread has compiled a monthly list, so you'll always know what to buy.

Every blogger who writes about saving money, eating healthy, or just plain cooking tasty meals tells their readers to choose fruits and vegetables that are in season. I've had just one problem: I don't know what's in season. I vaguely know that apples are harvested in the Fall, and I know that my third-grade class picked pumpkins the week before Halloween. Beyond that, though, I'm at a loss. (See also: 7 Nutrients You Need More Of)

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I've been searching for a simple page that I could add to my shopping list or something equally convenient. Even asking around the local farmers market gave me only a general idea. After some online research, though, I've got something of a list to go by. Keep in mind that depending on your part of the world, this list may not hold true. This list is pretty decent for the US — I'm not sure about warmer climates, but I would guess it's basically reversed for the Southern Hemisphere. Continue reading to see what's in season!

January

Vegetables

  • Cabbages
  • Leeks
  • Broccoli
  • Cauliflower

Fruits

  • Oranges
  • Grapefruit
  • Tangerines
  • Tangelos
  • Lemons
  • Papayas

February

Vegetables

  • Broccoli
  • Cauliflower

Fruits

  • Oranges
  • Grapefruits
  • Lemons
  • Papayas

March

Vegetables

  • Broccoli
  • Lettuce

Fruits

  • Pineapples
  • Mangoes

April

Vegetables

  • Zucchini
  • Rhubarb
  • Artichokes
  • Asparagus
  • Spring Peas
  • Broccoli
  • Lettuce

Fruits

  • Pineapples
  • Mangoes

May

Vegetables

  • Okra
  • Zucchini
  • Rhubarb
  • Artichokes
  • Asparagus
  • Spring Peas
  • Broccoli
  • Lettuce

Fruits

  • Cherries
  • Pineapples
  • Apricots

June

Vegetables

  • Corn
  • Lettuce

Fruits

  • Watermelon
  • Strawberries
  • Cantaloupe
  • Cherries
  • Blueberries
  • Peaches
  • Apricots

July

Vegetables

  • Cucumbers
  • Tomatoes
  • Summer Squash
  • Corn
  • Green Beans
  • Lettuce

Fruits

  • Watermelon
  • Strawberries
  • Cantaloupe
  • Blueberries
  • Peaches
  • Apricots
  • Kiwi
  • Raspberries
  • Plums

August

Vegetables

  • Cucumbers
  • Corn
  • Eggplant
  • Tomatoes
  • Summer Squash
  • Green Beans
  • Lettuce

Fruits

  • Watermelon
  • Strawberries
  • Cantaloupe
  • Blueberries
  • Peaches
  • Apricots
  • Kiwi
  • Raspberries
  • Plums

September

Vegetables

  • Eggplants
  • Pumpkins
  • Tomatoes
  • Spinach
  • Lettuce

Fruits

  • Grapes
  • Pomegranates

October

Vegetables

  • Sweet Potatoes
  • Pumpkins
  • Winter Squash
  • Broccoli
  • Spinach Lettuce

Fruits

  • Cranberries
  • Apples
  • Pomegranates
  • Grapes

November

Vegetables

  • Pumpkins
  • Winter Squash
  • Sweet Potatoes
  • Broccoli
  • Mushrooms
  • Spinach

Fruits

  • Cranberries
  • Oranges
  • Tangerines
  • Pears
  • Pomegranates

December

Vegetables

  • Sweet Potatoes
  • Mushrooms
  • Broccoli
  • Cauliflower

Fruits

  • Pears
  • Oranges
  • Grapefruit
  • Tangerines
  • Papayas
  • Pomegranates

Bananas, potatoes, and celery seem to always be in season. For bananas, at least, I think it's because they have to be shipped into just about everywhere. There are a few holes in this list, admittedly. I didn't find a clear season for carrots, parsnips, and a few other vegetables and fruits.

How is this list helpful?

Knowing which fruits and vegetables are in season gives you a clue as to what produce is likely to be on sale at given times in the year. At the very least, it can help you plan your shopping list — and skip the expensive, out-of-season items. It can give you ideas for menu planning, as well: there's a reason that holiday favorites are popular at certain times of the year.

If you want to go all out on saving money on your food, having an idea of what's in season tells you when to buy produce. While you can buy out-of-season produce fresh, it may be worth your while to can or preserve some of your preferred fruits or vegetables during the months that they're cheap.

For anyone trying to buy locally, through farmers markets or CSAs, having a good idea of seasonal produce is also important. You'll have a better idea of what to expect. And with certain "farmers" looking to take advantage of the local trend, you'll be able to do a little due diligence on what you buy.

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