What’s in season? A great guide to picking fruits and vegetables.

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Incorporating fruits and vegetables into your daily diet is very important to your health. While your favorites may not be in season the entire year, don’t forget that you can enjoy fresh, frozen, and canned fruits and vegetables any time of the year. Just be sure to choose varieties without added sugar or salt.

A well-balanced diet includes variety and many colors. Make sure you’re buying the freshest produce for your family. Follow these guidelines to learn more about the fruits and vegetables you love and the best time to buy them.

Spring
In March, April and May, these fruits and vegetables are ripe for the picking and perfect for brightening your diet.

FRUITS:
apricots
cactus
honeydew
limes
mango
oranges
pineapple
strawberries

VEGETABLES:
artichokes
asparagus
broccoli
corn
green beans
peas
spinach

Summer
In June, July and August, celebrate the warmer weather with fruits and vegetables that will refresh your diet.

FRUITS:
apricots
blackberries
blueberries
cantaloupe
grapes
cherries
figs
grapefruit
honeydew melon
key limes
nectarines
passion fruit
raspberries
strawberries
tomatoes
watermelon

VEGETABLES:
chile peppers
cucumbers
bell peppers
corn
eggplant
garlic
green beans
soy beans
lima beans
okra
radishes
summer squash
zucchini

Fall
In September, October and November, embrace the cooler weather with fruits and vegetables that will remind you of the changing leaves.

FRUITS:
cactus pear
crab apples
cranberries
date plum
grapes
guava
key limes
passion fruit
pears
pineapple
pomegranate
pumpkin

VEGETABLES:
acorn squash
broccoli
brussels sprouts
butternut squash
cauliflower
garlic
ginger
jalapeno peppers
mushrooms
sweet potatoes
turnips

Winter
In December, January and February, pick some of these hearty fruits and veggies.

FRUITS:
cactus pear
clementines
date plums
dates
grapefruit
kiwi
mandarin oranges
papaya
oranges
pear
red banana
tangerines

VEGETABLES:
Brussels sprouts
buttercup squash
collard greens
leeks
sweet dumpling squash
sweet potatoes
turnips

Year-Round
Some fruits and veggies are harvested and can be enjoyed year round. Here are some great examples.

FRUIT:
apples
dried apricots
avocados
bananas
cherry tomatoes
coconuts
lemons

VEGETABLES:
bell peppers
broccolini
broccoli
cabbage
carrots
celery
leeks
lettuce
mushrooms
onions
potatoes
snow peas

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