Fruits & Vegetables by Season 

Today, many fruits and vegetables are offered throughout the year. However, this does not mean that everything sold is ‘in season’.  Our seasonal  fruit and vegetable guide will not only help you to shop smarter, but also to eat more nutritious meals. Plus, an added benefit of seasonal produce—more flavor. 

How to read the seasonal fruit and vegetable guide.

Just entering the name under each season just didn’t do. At first glance, the lists may look the same, but they are not the same. This could create some confusion.

To make things easier, I included simple code, or legend,  in parentheses ( )  after each entry. If we look at the first entry ‘Apples’, you will notice the code (SSFW), whish stands for ‘Spring Summer Fall Winter‘. An entry with dashes, indicates the fruit/vegetable is not seasonal. For ease, I included a legend for easy reference.

Fruit and Vegetable Seasonal Guide Legend

  • Spring Summer Fall Winter (SSFW)
  • Spring – Fall Winter (S – FW)
  • Only during Spring (S – – -)
  • Spring Summer (SS – -)
  • Only during Summer (- S – -)
  • Summer Fall (- SF -)
  • Only during Fall (- – F -)
  • Summer Fall Winter (- SFW)
  • Fall Winter (- – FW)
  • Only during Winter (- – – W)
  • Spring Summer Winter (SS – W)
  • Spring and Fall (S – F -)

General Seasonal Fruit and Vegetable Guide for the USA.

Actual harvest times may vary due to geographic location, as wells as soil, climate and weather conditions.

Spring Seasonal Guide

Apples (SSFW)
Apricots (SS – -)
Asparagus (S – – -)
Avocados (SS – W)
Bananas (SSFW)
Broccoli (S – F -)
Cabbage (S – FW)
Carrots (SSFW)
Celery (SSFW)

Collard Greens (S – FW)
Garlic (SSF – )
Kale (S – FW)
Kiwifruit (S – FW)
Lemons (SSFW)
Lettuce (S – F -)
Limes (SSFW)
Mushrooms (S – F -)
Onions (S – FW)

Peas (S – F -)
Pineapples (S – FW)
Radishes (S – F -)
Rhubarb S – – -)
Spinach (S – F -)
Strawberries (SS – -)
Swiss Chard (S – FW)
Turnips  (S – FW)

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Summer Seasonal Guide

Apples (SSFW)
Apricots (SS – -)
Avocados (SS – W)
Bananas (SSFW)
Beets (- SFW)
Bell Peppers (- SF -)
Blackberries (- S – -)
Blueberries (- S – -)
Cantaloupe (- S – -)
Carrots (SSFW)
Celery (SSFW)

Cherries (- S – -)
Corn (- S – -)
Cucumbers (- S – -)
Eggplant (- S – -)
Figs (- S – -)
Garlic (SSF -)
Green Beans (- SF -)
Honeydew Melon (- S – -)
Lemons (SSFW)
Lima Beans  (- S – -)
Limes  (SSFW)

Mangos (- SF -)
Okra (- S – -)
Peaches (- S – -)
Plums (- S – -)
Raspberries (- SF -)
Strawberries (SS – -)
Summer Squash  (- S – -)
Tomatillos (- S – -)
Tomatoes (- S – -)
Watermelon (- S – -)
Zucchini (- S – -)

Spring

Fall Seasonal Guide

Apples (SSFW)
Bananas (SSFW)
Beets (- SFW)
Bell Peppers (- SF -)
Broccoli (S – F -)
Brussels Sprouts (- – FW)
Cabbage (S – FW)
Carrots (SSFW)
Cauliflower (- – F -)
Celery (SSFW)
Collard Greens (S – FW)
Cranberries (- – F -)
Garlic (SSF -)

Ginger (- – F -)
Grapes (- – F -)
Green Beans (- SF -)
Kale (S – FW)
Kiwifruit (S – FW)
Lemons (SSFW)
Lettuce (S – F -)
Limes (SSFW)
Mangos (- SF -)
Mushrooms (S – F -)
Onions (S – FW)
Parsnips (- – FW)
Pears (- – FW)

Peas (S – F -)
Pineapples (S – FW)
Potatoes (- – FW)
Pumpkin (- – FW)
Radishes (S – F -)
Raspberries (- SF -)
Rutabagas (- – FW)
Spinach (S – F -)
Sweet Potatoes & Yams (- – FW)
Swiss Chard (S – FW)
Turnips (S – FW)
Winter Squash (- – FW)

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Winter Seasonal Guide

Apples (SSFW)
Avocados (SS – W)
Bananas (SSFW)
Beets (- SFW)
Bok Choy (- – – W)
Brussels Sprouts (- – FW)
Cabbage (S – FW)
Carrots (SSFW)
Celery (SSFW)
Collard Greens (S – FW)

Grapefruit (- – – W)
Kale (S – FW)
Kiwifruit (S – FW)
Leeks (- – – W)
Lemons (SSFW)
Limes  (SSFW)
Onions (S – FW)
Oranges (- – – W)
Parsnips (- – FW)

Pears (- – FW)
Pineapples (S – FW)
Potatoes (- – FW)
Pumpkin (- – FW)
Rutabagas (- – FW)
Sweet Potatoes & Yams (- – FW)
Swiss Chard (S – FW)
Turnips (S – FW)
Winter Squash (S – FW)

Sources
snaped.fns.usda.gov
heart.org/HealthyLiving

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