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There is nothing better than a perfectly ripe piece of fruit, and fruit of the month clubs deliver just that—straight to your doorstep. This value-driven option for thoughtfully sourced fruit is available year-round. And, unlike grocery store produce or fruit basket delivery services, fruit of the month clubs provide unprocessed, fresh (and sometimes organic) fruit that's hand-picked during harvest time.
We've selected the best fruit of the month clubs that offer the largest variety, guarantee quality and value, and focus on seasonal selections. From Rainier apples to certified organic Californian peaches, fruit delivery companies give consumers the opportunity to sample selections they can't find in the store. And while this may not be the cheapest way to go when buying fruit, the companies included here offer something tasty for everyone.
The Fruit Company has been delivering high-quality fruit since 1942. It provides the best selection of produce (including superfruits), and ordering is a breeze.
Pros & Cons
Long company history
Variety of subscription plans
Limited information on sourcing
Shipping can be slow
Based in Oregon, The Fruit Company started as an apple orchard during the early 1940s. A majority of its fruit—specifically apples, pears, cherries, and blueberries—are sustainably grown in the company’s own orchards. Monthly shipments vary seasonally and include navel oranges, Rainier apples, sweet cherries, golden pineapple, and mountain blueberries. All fruit is hand-packed the same day the order ships.
The Fruit Company offers small quantity fruit of the month clubs, including the HarvestClub program, which ranges in size from four to 30 pieces of fruit monthly, delivered every three, six, or 12 months. The HarvestClub Americana offers domestically-grown fruit, and the HarvestClub Exotica delivers exotic varieties. Choose the HarvestClub Organic for certified organic produce, and the HarvestClub Medley for a sampled variety. All plans offer free shipping.
Frog Hollow is a certified organic farm in California that offers a variety of seasonal fruit straight from their farm, and from other small, organic producers in California, Oregon, and Washington.
Pros & Cons
Variety of subscription options
Higher price point
Based in Brentwood, California, Frog Hollow Farm grows some of the best fruit in the country (the farm is primarily known for its peaches) and has been using sustainable practices since the late 1970s. All fruit is certified organic, and hand-picked and hand-packed for delivery nationwide. The majority of Frog Hollow's fruit is grown on its own farm, but it supplements its supply from other organic farms during the winter.
Frog Hollow offers different fruit of the month clubs for each season, including the Monthly Cornucopia of California, a Weekly Farm Box, and clubs that deliver specific fruits during the harvest, like citrus fruit, apricots, peaches, and cherries. Customers can choose between three, five, and 10 pounds of fruit per delivery. Prices vary depending on the club selected and the quantity ordered, and shipping is included.
Amazing Clubs offers a top-rated monthly fruit club at the most reasonable price per pound. Monthly deliveries feature two different seasonal or exotic fruits grown by worldwide farms.
Pros & Cons
Excellent customer service
Variety of fruit selection
Fruit is shipped long distances from international farms
Large carbon footprint
No organic option
Amazing Clubs offers several subscription plans that deliver two different kinds of fruit each month from a global supply of award-winning growers. Produce is harvested on-demand before being express shipped to maintain maximum quality. Selections change monthly and include varieties like Seckel pears, Sungold kiwis, Granada pomegranates, Valencia oranges, and Ataulfo mangoes.
Subscribers can choose between a three-, six-, or 12-month plan, or a seasonal option that delivers fruit every three months for one year. Shipments come monthly or bi-monthly, shipping is free, and the company provides discounts on longer subscription plans.
Dragonberry Fruit Club offers monthly shipments of some of the most exotic and rare fruit available. Three fruit varieties come in each box and may include Rambutan fruit, dragon fruit, and persimmons.
Pros & Cons
High price point
Large carbon footprint due to international produce sourcing
Oregon-based Dragonberry Fruit Club offers monthly selections of rare fruit that have been carefully hand-packed and beautifully packaged. This company's selection varies each month and can include seasonal fruits like pink hidden rose apple, Rambutan fruit, dragonfruit, and chocolate persimmons.
Monthly subscription plans include three-, six-, or 12-month options, and all fruit is picked to order and delivered in a beautiful keepsake box. Shipments also come with detailed information about the fruit, storage information, and serving suggestions.
Minimum Price: $179.99 for the fruit, wine, and cheese club for 3 months
Size: 5 or fewer pounds of fruit
Free Shipping? Yes, for 1 year only
Why We Chose It
Given its long company history, Harry & David offers the best fruit and cheese of the month club. In fact, they're one of the only companies that offer a fruit, wine, and cheese club.
Pros & Cons
Variety of club types
Flexible subscription length
Long company history and good reputation
No modifications or substitutions
Limited sourcing information for fruit not grown on Harry & David orchards
Large carbon footprint due to international product sourcing
Established in 1914, Harry & David is recognized for its gold foil-wrapped comice pears and impressive gourmet gift baskets. In addition to the Signature Classic Club, the Medley Fruit Club, and the Organic Fruit Club, Harry & David is one of the few subscription companies to offer a Fruit, Wine, and Cheese Club. Each subscription includes detailed information on the products featured each month.
Available in three-, six-, nine-, or 12-month plans, the Fruit, Wine, and Cheese Club pairs artisan cheese with seasonal, hand-picked fruit, and a signature Harry & David wine. Shipments may include combinations of Bosc pears, TouVelle cheese, and a Harry & David Chardonnay, or mangoes, Fiscallini San Joaquin Gold cheese, and a Harry & David Moscato. Other versions of Harry & David's signature fruit clubs start at $94.99 for a three-month plan.
Minimum Price: $22.46 for a weekly, monthly, or bi-monthly subscription
Size: 15pounds of fruit
Free Shipping? No
Why We Chose It
Craft Citrus Club subscribers receive curated citrus boxes packed with fully ripened fruit grown in the U.S. They ship a large amount of fruit at a reasonable price, and you can fully customize your delivery date.
Pros & Cons
Sustainable growing practices
Fully ripened fruit
Flexible subscription plan with free shipping
Excellent customer reviews
Smallest box size is 15 pounds
Variety of fruit in the box varies
US Citrus' Craft Citrus Club offers subscription citrus boxes for a fresh-off-the-tree experience at your doorstep. Each box includes a curated seasonal mix of citrus fruit, like Persian limes, Meyer lemons, Rio Red grapefruit, Navel and Valencia oranges, and mandarins. US Citrus' fruit is fully ripened on the tree before harvesting (unlike some imported varieties that are harvested early and treated with ethylene to appear riper than they actually are).
All fruit is grown on small farms in Texas's Rio Grande Valley, using sustainable methods that minimize environmental impact. US Citrus also sells fresh Makrut Lime Leaves (formerly known as Kaffir lime leaves) that are available for purchase as a one-time order or recurring subscription.
Citrus box subscriptions are available for delivery every week, or every two, three, four, six, or eight weeks in either 15- or 30-pound boxes, and shipping is calculated at checkout.
The Fruit Company won our pick for best fruit of the month club due to its wide selection of produce, longstanding company reputation, and fair price. Many of its crops are sustainably grown and the company offers flexible subscription lengths. The Fruit Company also offers a wide selection of subscription plans, including organic-only or exotic-fruit-only subscriptions, unlike some of its competitors.
Fruit of the month clubs are great for people wanting to try specific varieties of specialty or signature fruit (e.g., Royal Comice pears, California peaches, Pacific Northwest blueberries, Champagne mangoes, and Hidden Rose apples) that are not always available in local supermarkets. They are also a good way to eat fruit that is in season year-round, especially for those without access to a local farmers market. In some cases, these clubs provide more transparency—disclosing where and how the fruit was grown—in comparison to a retail market. Lastly, fruit subscriptions make great gifts.
Is Fruit Always Ripe?
The majority of fruit from the subscriptions listed is picked during peak harvest season. This means that while not all fruit may be fully ripe, it will quickly ripen soon after delivery. Being a natural product and because of external variables such as shipping time and storage, there is no guaranteed degree of ripeness. Ideally, however, the fruit will be ripe enough to eat within a few days but not so ripe that it needs to be eaten immediately.
What if I’m Not Happy With My Fruit Delivery?
Fruit cannot be returned because it is perishable, but most companies offer satisfaction guarantee policies and excellent customer service assistance. You would most likely receive a replacement product or shipment, particularly if the item or delivery was damaged in any way.
Which Fruit is In-Season When?
When subscribing to a fruit of the month club, it's helpful to know what time of the year each fruit is ready to harvest. In the spring, expect strawberries, limes, mangos, and pineapples. Summer yields blackberries, blueberries, melons, peaches, and plums. Apples, pears, and cranberries are usually harvested in the fall. And grapefruit, oranges, and tangerines enjoy a winter harvest down south.
These fruit of the month clubs were chosen based on the companies’ histories, variety of subscription plans offered, and types of fruit available, as well as overall value and customer reviews. Dragonberry was selected for its unique offering of rare and exotic fruit, for example. And we chose Frog Hollow for its peak-season, certified organic California fruit.