Texas Seasonal Fruits and Vegetables

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This is an alphabetical listing of fruits and vegetables grown in Texas and their harvest seasons. Note that Texas is a big state (but you knew that!), so growing seasons and crop availability will vary depending on your corner of the state. Also, farming and the yearly harvest can vary greatly based on outside forces including weather, pests, and more. Use this as a guide, but check with local farmers to find out what fruits and vegetables are growing when. If you are looking for more great Texas local foods, check out a guide to the local foods of Texas.

Seasonal Texas Fruits

Fruit-wise, Texas is best known for its juicy, ruby red grapefruit available every late winter and spring. Lots of other fruits, including other citrus fruits and tasty orchard fruits and berries, are available too.

  • Apples, July through November
  • Berries, May through July
  • Cherries, June and July
  • Figs, June and July, second crop in fall
  • Grapefruit, oranges, and other citrus, October through April
  • Grapes, August through October
  • Melons of all sorts (like cantaloupes, watermelons, and more), May into winter
  • Peaches, plums, pluots, and nectarines, June through Sept
  • Pears, August through November
  • Pomegranates, October into December

Seasonal Texas Vegetables

The very long growing seasons in Texas allows for multiple plantings and thus multiple harvest seasons. Some vegetables remain in season for months upon months. In contrast to many other parts of the country, hot summers sometimes bring an end rather than a beginning to the growing season.

  • Beets, November through February
  • Broccoli, October through May¬†
  • Cauliflower, October through May
  • Chickpeas, June and July
  • Chiles, August and September
  • Corn, late May into August
  • Cucumbers, April through December
  • Fava beans, April through June
  • New potatoes, March and April
  • Okra, late summer and early fall
  • Onions, March through September
  • Peanuts, September and October
  • Pumpkins, October into spring
  • New potatoes, May and June
  • Shallots, November through February
  • Spinach, January through May
  • Sweet Onions, spring
  • Tomatoes, April through October
  • Winter squash, October into spring
  • Zucchini & summer squash, May through October

Year-Round

Texas's famously warm climate means plenty of fruits and vegetables are, possibly, in-season more or less all the time. It can be tricky for transplants to wrap their minds around this truth. A variety of crops can be planted, grown, and harvested more than once per year in many areas of Texas, making them available more or less year-round. These year-round foods include:

  • Cabbage
  • Carrots
  • Celery
  • Greens of all sorts, from collards to turnips
  • Mushrooms (cultivated)
  • Peppers

Other produce items are harvested during single growing seasons, but have a fairly extended harvest season and then keep or store well enough so that they're also available much of the year:

  • Potatoes
  • Sweet potatoes
  • Turnips

Enjoy the bounty of Texas as you eat the local delicacies.