Arizona Seasonal Fruits and Vegetables

seasonal fruits and veggies of arizona

Illustration: Marina Li. © The Spruce, 2019

The Arizona growing season chugs along all year long. Mild winters allow for the harvest of cool weather crops and hot summers help make citrus sweet, chiles spicy and dates ripen.

Regional Variations in Arizona Local Foods

Exactly what is in season in Tuscon or Phoenix and Scottsdale or Flagstaff can differ greatly at any given time, but this will give you a sense of what to expect. The cooler areas provide summer harvests to the warmer areas, while the warmer areas send food north in the winter.

The heat of the desert allows such delights as fresh dates to grow in the Copper State. Water and irrigation are issues in some areas and will affect harvest times some seasons.

Making the Most of What Is in Season

Use this guide to see what to expect at farmers markets and farm stands, and when you may see local fruit and vegetables in the supermarkets. You can plan seasonal menus around what you can get locally in season.

These lists are also useful for planning when to do can, freeze, dry, or make preserves from fresh local fruit and vegetables.

Seasonal Fruit and Vegetable List

  • Apples, July through September
  • Apricots, May through June
  • Arugula, September through May
  • Asparagus, March, and April
  • Basil, August through November
  • Beets, November through May
  • Black-eyed peas, July through September
  • Blackberries, May and early June
  • Blueberries, June and early July
  • Bok Choy, October through March
  • Broccoli, October through March
  • Broccoli raab, December through March
  • Brussels sprouts, December through March
  • Cabbage, January through April
  • Carrots, October through May
  • Celeriac/celery root, January through April
  • Celery, January through April
  • Chiles, July through September
  • Clementines, December through March
  • Corn, June through October
  • Cucumbers, April through September
  • Dates, October and November
  • Figs, June through October
  • Garlic, February through July
  • Grapefruit, December through March
  • Grapes, July and August
  • Green beans, June through October
  • Green onion/scallions, October through March
  • Greens, December through May
  • Herbs, year-round
  • Key Limes, October and November
  • Kohlrabi, December through March
  • Leeks, December through July
  • Lemons, December through April
  • Lettuce, October through May
  • Melons, June through August
  • Nectarines, May through July
  • Okra, July through September
  • Onions, April through July
  • Oranges, December through March
  • Parsnips, December through March
  • Peaches, May through August
  • Pears, mid-August through September
  • Peas, April through June
  • Plums & Pluots, June through August
  • Potatoes, April through October
  • Pumpkins, August through November
  • Radishes, October through May
  • Radishes, July through October
  • Rutabagas, December through March
  • Shelling Beans, July through September
  • Spinach, October through May
  • Squash (summer), April through September
  • Squash (winter), August through November
  • Strawberries, February through April
  • Sweet Onions, April through June
  • Sweet Peppers, July through October
  • Sweet Potatoes, December through March
  • Tangerines, December through March
  • Tomatoes, May through November
  • Turnips, October through March
  • Zucchini, April through September
  • Zucchini Blossoms, March through September