Which Produce Should I Buy, and When?

The produce available in each season varies by region, especially in the colder months. In the following section, learn about the seasonal fruits, vegetables, and herbs available in many stores and markets around the country.

Seasonal Food Guide, by Region

West

Winter

  • Arugula
  • Asparagus
  • Avocados
  • Beets
  • Broccoli
  • Brussels sprouts
  • Carrots
  • Cauliflower
  • Grapefruit
  • Green beans
  • Kiwifruit
  • Lemons
  • Lettuce
  • Limes
  • Mushrooms
  • Onions
  • Oranges
  • Potatoes
  • Spinach
  • Sprouts
  • Strawberries
  • Strawberries
  • Sweet potatoes
  • Tangerines
  • Winter squash

Spring

  • Apricots
  • Artichokes
  • Arugula
  • Asparagus
  • Avocados
  • Beets
  • Bok choy
  • Broccoli
  • Brussels sprouts
  • Cabbage
  • Carrots
  • Cherries
  • Chili peppers
  • Chives
  • Cilantro
  • Collard greens
  • Grapefruit
  • Green beans
  • Green onions (scallions)
  • Kale
  • Kiwifruit
  • Lemons
  • Limes
  • Lettuce
  • Mandarins
  • Mangoes
  • Mint
  • Mushrooms
  • Okra
  • Onions
  • Oranges
  • Parsnips
  • Peppers
  • Plums
  • Pomegranates
  • Potatoes
  • Snap peas and snow peas
  • Spinach
  • Strawberries
  • Summer squash
  • Tangerines
  • Watermelon
  • Zucchini

Summer

  • Apples (Gala, Jersey Mac, Paula Red, Vista Bella)
  • Apricots
  • Artichokes
  • Arugula
  • Asparagus
  • Avocados
  • Beets
  • Blackberries
  • Blueberries
  • Broccoli
  • Cantaloupe
  • Carrots
  • Cauliflower
  • Cherries
  • Chili peppers
  • Chives
  • Corn
  • Cucumbers
  • Eggplant
  • Figs
  • Garlic
  • Grapefruit
  • Grapes
  • Green beans
  • Green onions (scallions)
  • Honeydew melons
  • Lemons
  • Lettuce
  • Limes
  • Mangoes
  • Mushrooms
  • Okra
  • Onions
  • Oranges
  • Peaches (white and yellow)
  • Peppers
  • Plums
  • Potatoes
  • Raspberries
  • Rosemary
  • Spinach
  • Strawberries
  • Summer squash
  • Tomatoes
  • Zucchini

Fall

  • Apples (Golden Delicious, Honeycrisp, McIntosh, Pink Lady)
  • Artichokes
  • Arugula
  • Asian pears
  • Avocados
  • Beets
  • Blackberries
  • Bok choy
  • Broccoli
  • Brussels sprouts
  • Cabbage
  • Cantaloupe
  • Carrots
  • Cauliflower
  • Chestnuts
  • Chili peppers
  • Cilantro
  • Corn
  • Cucumbers
  • Dates
  • Edamame
  • Eggplant
  • Figs
  • Grapefruit
  • Grapes
  • Green beans
  • Green onions (scallions)
  • Honeydew melons
  • Kale
  • Kiwifruit
  • Lemons
  • Limes
  • Lettuce
  • Mandarins
  • Mushrooms
  • Okra
  • Onions
  • Oranges
  • Peaches (white and yellow)
  • Pears
  • Peas
  • Pecans
  • Peppers
  • Persimmons
  • Plums
  • Pomegranates
  • Potatoes
  • Pumpkin
  • Raspberries
  • Snap peas
  • Spinach
  • Strawberries
  • Summer squash
  • Sweet potatoes
  • Tomatoes
  • Watermelons
  • Winter squash

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Winter

  • Beets
  • Broccoli
  • Brussels sprouts
  • Cabbage
  • Carrots
  • Cauliflower
  • Cilantro
  • Grapefruit
  • Lemons
  • Limes
  • Mandarins
  • Mushrooms
  • Oranges
  • Spinach
  • Strawberries
  • Sweet potatoes
  • Tangerines
  • Winter squash

Spring

  • Arugula
  • Asparagus
  • Beets
  • Blackberries
  • Blueberries
  • Broccoli
  • Brussels sprouts
  • Carrots
  • Cauliflower
  • Cherries
  • Chili peppers
  • Chives
  • Corn
  • Cucumbers
  • Figs
  • Grapefruit
  • Grapes
  • Green beans
  • Green onions (scallions)
  • Lemons
  • Limes
  • Lettuce
  • Lima beans
  • Mandarins
  • Mushrooms
  • Okra
  • Onions
  • Oranges
  • Peaches (white and yellow)
  • Pears
  • Potatoes
  • Pumpkin
  • Raspberries
  • Spinach
  • Strawberries
  • Summer squash
  • Sweet potatoes
  • Tangerines
  • Tomatoes
  • Watermelon
  • Zucchini

Summer

  • Apples (Gala, Jersey Mac, Paula Red, Vista Bella)
  • Arugula
  • Blueberries
  • Cabbage
  • Cantaloupe
  • Carrots
  • Cherries
  • Chili peppers
  • Chives
  • Corn
  • Cucumbers
  • Figs
  • Grapes
  • Green beans
  • Green onions
  • Honeydew melons
  • Lettuce
  • Lima beans
  • Mushrooms
  • Okra
  • Onions
  • Peaches (white and yellow)
  • Peas
  • Pears
  • Peppers
  • Persimmons
  • Plums
  • Potatoes
  • Raspberries
  • Summer squash
  • Sweet potatoes
  • Tomatoes
  • Watermelons
  • Winter squash
  • Zucchini

Fall

  • Apples (Golden Delicious, Honeycrisp, McIntosh, Pink Lady)
  • Arugula
  • Basil
  • Beets
  • Brussels sprouts
  • Cantaloupe
  • Carrots
  • Cabbage
  • Chili peppers
  • Corn
  • Cucumbers
  • Figs
  • Grapefruit
  • Grapes
  • Green beans
  • Green onions
  • Honeydew melons
  • Kale
  • Lemons
  • Lettuce
  • Limes
  • Lima beans
  • Mandarins
  • Mushrooms
  • Okra
  • Oranges
  • Peanuts
  • Pecans
  • Pears
  • Peas
  • Peppers
  • Persimmons
  • Plums
  • Pomegranates
  • Potatoes
  • Pumpkin
  • Raspberries
  • Summer squash
  • Spinach
  • Summer squash
  • Sweet potatoes
  • Tangerines
  • Tomatoes
  • Watermelons
  • Winter squash
  • Zucchini

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Winter

  • Arugula
  • Carrots
  • Cilantro
  • Green onions (scallions)
  • Mint
  • Peanuts
  • Spinach
  • Sprouts
  • Sweet potatoes
  • Winter squash

Spring

  • Arugula
  • Asparagus
  • Beets
  • Broccoli
  • Cabbage
  • Cherries
  • Green onions
  • Kale
  • Lettuce
  • Mushrooms
  • Peanuts
  • Peas
  • Spinach
  • Strawberries
  • Summer squash
  • Sweet potatoes

Summer

  • Apples (Gala, Jersey Mac, Paula Red, Vista Bella)
  • Blackberries
  • Cabbage
  • Cantaloupe
  • Cherries
  • Chili peppers
  • Chives
  • Corn
  • Cucumbers
  • Eggplant
  • Figs
  • Green beans
  • Green onions
  • Honeydew melons
  • Lima beans
  • Okra
  • Peaches (white and yellow)
  • Peanuts
  • Pears
  • Peppers
  • Plums
  • Potatoes
  • Shallots
  • Snow peas
  • Summer squash
  • Sweet potatoes
  • Tomatoes
  • Watermelons
  • Zucchini

Fall

  • Apples (Golden Delicious, Honeycrisp, McIntosh, Pink Lady)
  • Arugula
  • Beets
  • Blackberries
  • Bok choy
  • Brussels sprouts
  • Cabbage
  • Cauliflower
  • Chili peppers
  • Corn
  • Cucumbers
  • Figs
  • Grapes
  • Green beans
  • Green onions (scallions)
  • Kale
  • Lettuce
  • Mushrooms
  • Peaches (white and yellow)
  • Peanuts
  • Pears
  • Pecans
  • Persimmons
  • Pumpkin
  • Raspberries
  • Shallots
  • Spinach
  • Summer squash
  • Sweet potatoes
  • Tomatoes
  • Winter squash
  • Zucchini

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Winter

  • Endives
  • Mushrooms
  • Shallots
  • Sprouts

Spring

  • Arugula
  • Asparagus
  • Beets
  • Cherries
  • Cilantro
  • Lettuce
  • Mushrooms
  • Onions
  • Peas
  • Spinach
  • Strawberries

Summer

  • Apples (Gala, Jersey Mac, Paula Red, Vista Bella)
  • Arugula
  • Asian pears
  • Asparagus
  • Beets
  • Blackberries
  • Blueberries
  • Bok choy
  • Broccoli
  • Brussels sprouts
  • Cantaloupe
  • Carrots
  • Cauliflower
  • Cherries
  • Chili peppers
  • Chives
  • Cilantro
  • Corn
  • Cucumbers
  • Eggplant
  • Garlic
  • Grapes
  • Green beans
  • Green onions
  • Honeydew melons
  • Kale
  • Lettuce
  • Mushrooms
  • Okra
  • Onions
  • Peaches (white and yellow)
  • Peas
  • Peppers
  • Plums
  • Potatoes
  • Raspberries
  • Shallots
  • Snap peas
  • Spinach
  • Strawberries
  • Summer squash
  • Sweet potatoes
  • Tomatoes
  • Watermelons
  • Winter squash

Fall

  • Apples (Golden Delicious, Honeycrisp, McIntosh, Pink Lady)
  • Arugula
  • Asian pears
  • Beets
  • Blackberries
  • Blueberries
  • Broccoli
  • Brussels sprouts
  • Cantaloupe
  • Carrots
  • Cauliflower
  • Chili peppers
  • Corn
  • Cucumbers
  • Eggplant
  • Grapes
  • Green onions (scallions)
  • Honeydew melons
  • Kale
  • Lettuce
  • Lima beans
  • Mushrooms
  • Okra
  • Onion
  • Peas
  • Peaches (white and yellow)
  • Pears
  • Peppers
  • Plums
  • Potatoes
  • Pumpkin
  • Raspberries
  • Spinach
  • Summer squash
  • Sweet potatoes
  • Tomatoes
  • Watermelons
  • Winter squash
  • Zucchini

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Winter

  • Horseradish
  • Shallots
  • Sprouts

Spring

  • Arugula
  • Asparagus
  • Chives
  • Green onions
  • Lettuce
  • Mushrooms
  • Spinach

Summer

  • Apples (Gala, Jersey Mac, Paula Red, Vista Bella)
  • Arugula
  • Beets
  • Blackberries
  • Blueberries
  • Bok choy
  • Broccoli
  • Cabbage
  • Cantaloupe
  • Carrots
  • Cauliflower
  • Cherries
  • Chili peppers
  • Chives
  • Corn
  • Cucumbers
  • Eggplant
  • Grapes
  • Green onions
  • Honeydew melons
  • Lettuce
  • Mushrooms
  • Okra
  • Peaches (white and yellow)
  • Peppers
  • Plums
  • Shallots
  • Snap peas and snow peas
  • Spinach
  • Strawberries
  • Summer squash
  • Tomatoes
  • Winter squash
  • Zucchini

Fall

  • Apples (Golden Delicious, Honeycrisp, McIntosh, Pink Lady)
  • Arugula
  • Basil
  • Beets
  • Blackberries
  • Blueberries
  • Broccoli
  • Brussels sprouts
  • Cabbage
  • Cantaloupe
  • Carrots
  • Cauliflower
  • Chili peppers
  • Corn
  • Cucumbers
  • Eggplant
  • Grapes
  • Green beans
  • Green onions
  • Honeydew melons
  • Kale
  • Lima beans
  • Lettuce
  • Mushrooms
  • Okra
  • Onions
  • Peas
  • Peaches (white and yellow)
  • Pears
  • Peppers
  • Potatoes
  • Plums
  • Pumpkin
  • Raspberries
  • Snap peas
  • Spinach
  • Summer squash
  • Sweet potatoes
  • Tomatoes
  • Watermelons
  • Winter squash
  • Zucchini

Sources:

Corrigan, Richard. “The Earliest-Ripening Apples,” Home Guides | SF Gate. Accessed November 14, 2018.

McLeod, Jaime. “11 Common Apple Varieties to Try This Fall,” Farmers’ Almanac. Accessed November 14, 2018.

“Seasonal Food Guide,” GRACE Communications Foundation, 2018. Accessed November 14, 2018.

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