What’s In Store For Spring 2016, and Why It’s Better To Eat Seasonally

In the United States we have access to a variety of fruits and vegetables all year long, so much so that people are numb to the fact that fruits and vegies actually have a season where they are at their freshest! Sure, you can get nectarines in the dead of winter or asparagus in the summertime, but are you getting the taste and quality you deserve? The trend is leaning more toward buying local and organic these days, because you are getting the utmost of flavor and quality, which makes your food taste that much better.

Not only are local markets coming to fruition more around where you live, but they are also wonderful for the environment, as they cut down on the use of fossil fuels to transport produce to and from the grocery store. You may think you can’t make a huge impact on the environment, but think if everyone starting buying locally grown produce every once and a while, it would have to make a difference!

“Take Care Of The Earth And She Will Take Care Of You!”

You may be wondering, what is the list of seasonal fruits and veggies? I will name them below:

Spring Fruits and Veggies

  • Asparagus
  • Artichokes
  • Carrots
  • Collards
  • Fennel
  • Rhubarb
  • Spinach
  • Morel Mushrooms
  • Mustard Greens
  • New Potatoes
  • Avocados
  • Strawberries
  • Apricots
  • Corn
  • Chives
  • Honeydew
  • Limes
  • Mango
  • Oranges
  • Snow Peas

Summer Fruits and Veggies

  • Zucchini
  • Cucumber
  • Butter Lettuce
  • Squash
  • Green Beans
  • Eggplant
  • Garlic
  • Soy Beans
  • Jalapeno Peppers
  • Shallots
  • Tomatoes
  • Radishes
  • Tomatillo
  • Yukon Gold Potatoes
  • Nectarines
  • Plums
  • Watermelon, Honeydew, and Cantaloupe
  • Apples Raspberries
  • Limes
  • Grapefruit
  • Grapes
  • Peaches
  • Okra
  • Passion fruit
  • Peas
  • Cherries
  • Blackberries
  • Blueberries
  • Pears

Fall Fruits and Veggies

  • Cranberries
  • Pears
  • Squash
  • Broccoli
  • Brussels Sprouts
  • Cauliflower
  • Garlic
  • Ginger
  • Guava
  • Huckleberries
  • Pineapple
  • Pumpkin
  • Sunflower Kernels
  • Squash
  • Swiss Chard
  • Turnips

Winter Fruits and Veggies

  • Brussels Sprouts
  • Cactus Pear
  • Buttercup Squash
  • Clementine
  • Collard Greens
  • Dates
  • Plums
  • Kale
  • Leeks
  • Papaya
  • Mandarin Oranges
  • Pomegranate
  • Red Banana
  • Currants
  • Turnips
  • Sweet Potatoes
  • Tangerines
  • Kiwifruit

As always the line of produce that is in season will vary from region to region, so this is just a high level overview of what is typically in season and when. It might be fun to do a complete kitchen overhaul and buy seasonally instead of generally. Your meals will taste amazing, and you will be supporting local markets, which will help reduce your eco-footprint. What’s nice about eating seasonally is the money you will save by simply purchasing the produce at the right time.

Supporting a local market keeps the famers in business, which in turns helps the economy tremendously. There are so many upsides to buying local produce that is in season, and not enough negatives to really justify always going to the grocery store. You save money, eat fresh foods, help the environment, and support your local farmer. The best news aside from all of that is the variety of foods you will get by simply eating seasonally as well! It makes cooking much more fun and interesting, versus always buying the same old fruits and vegetables that you will eventually get burnt out on. Try your hand at buying and shopping local seasonal product, and reap the benefits!