Seasonal Fruit and Vegetable Guide

Want to know how to get a little more green with your diet? You can become even less environmentally impactful by buying seasonal produce and while reducing your carbon footprint.

Even if you aren’t making the change for the environment, buying produce seasonally saves you money because fruits and vegetables are cheaper in the season because the natural supply is high.  Buying local seasonal fruits and vegetables saves a lot of transportation energy.

Maybe you don’t care about the money or the environment, but rather you want the freshest and best tasting produce, so you’ve decided to make the switch.

No matter what you reason is, produce that is bought in the season is a great idea because it tastes better, is better for the environment and it is gentler on your food budget.

Here’s a breakdown of typical in-season produce based on the season.  Go green and eating seasonally.

Spring  Artichokes, Asparagus, Fava Beans, Fennel, Grapefruit, Green Onions, Leeks, Lemons, Nettles, Onions, Oranges, Radishes, Strawberries

Late Spring into Summer Apricots, Peas, Rhubarb

Summer Avocados, Basil, Blackberries, Blueberries, Boysenberries, Cantaloupes, Chiles, Corn, Cucumbers, Garbanzo Beans, Gooseberries, Green Beans, Mangoes, Nectarines, Onions, Oranges, Peaches, Sweet Peppers, Plums, Radishes, Raspberries, Shallot, Strawberries, Tomatoes, Watermelon, Zuchinni,

Late Summer into Fall Apples, Eggplant, Figs, Garlic, Grapes, Green Beans, Limes, Melons, Okra, Sweet Peppers, Potatoes

Fall Artichokes, Brussel Sprouts, Cauliflower, Celery, Cranberries, Fennel, Green Onions, Kale

Leeks, Onions, Pears, Pomegranates, Pumpkins, Quinces, Radishes, Shallot

All Year Go green all year long with Beets, Endive, Broccoli, Carrots, Celery, Collard Greens, Lettuce, Mint, Mushrooms, Oregano, Parsley, Spinach, Squash Generally speaking these are a good start to buying seasonally, but if your area is warmer or cooler than national these seasonal lines may blur.

Simply use it as a general guideline to buying seasonal food. Or you can try going to your local farmer’s market and seeing what products they are selling in season and then look up recipes that call for these ingredients.  Go green and use what’s available, inexpensive, and ready to cook.

The iPhone app the Dirty Dozen, reviewed by Green Blizzard a while back, gives you insights into which fruits and veggies are the cleanest in terms of chemicals sprayed on the surface.

Your choice of diet can significantly reduce your carbon footprint. These other Green Blizzard articles provide more insights on smarter choices:  Corn Feed Beer’s Impact On The Environment, Home Water Filter Revolution, Green Beer, Drink Your Organic Milk, Less Meat Less Greenhouse Gases.

Or checkout the Green Blizzard Homepage for a healthy list of green living articles.

There are even a few books published showing you how to eat organic on a budget:  Wildly Affordable Organic by Linda Watson, Eating Organic On A Budget by BJ Knights, or Eating Organic: On A Budget by Fanny Seto.


About the author

John R. Garnet

John's work in the energy market fostered his interest in the environment. He recently completed his graduate work at George Mason University, But more interestingly, John has a passion for food and cooking and to provides some light-hearted tips to make people's lives greener while enjoy the good life with everyday practical tips from brewing tea, growing basil, or drinking raw milk.