An easy way to save on fruits and vegetables is to buy what's in season when they are at their most plentiful. And there's a bonus that money can't buy when you follow this strategy: Fruits and vegetables always taste better when they are in season in your area and are harvested closer to the peak of freshness than those that spend a lot of time in shipping that might cover thousands of miles. There's an old saying that holds a lot of truth: "There's nothing so rare as true love and homegrown tomatoes." Seasonal fruits and vegetables might be fleeting, but they are literally the pick of the crop.
Here's a guide to help you find the best produce deals month-by-month. Need recipe ideas? Just click on any of the linked foods.
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This first full month of spring brings artichokes, asparagus, broccoli, cauliflower, leeks, lettuce, mushrooms, pineapples, radishes, rhubarb and spring peas. Asparagus is a traditional part of Easter dinner and other spring feasts.Continue to 5 of 14 below.
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July is high summer, and the racks at the farmer's markets are bursting with apricots, blackberries, blueberries, cantaloupe, corn, cucumbers, green beans, kiwi, kohlrabi, lettuce, mangoes, okra, peaches, peppers, plums, raspberries, strawberries, summer squash, swiss chard, tomatoes, watermelon, and zucchini.
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The bountiful harvest of summer continues in August with acorn squash, apples, apricots, blueberries, butternut squash, cantaloupe, corn, cucumbers, eggplant, figs, green beans, kiwi, kohlrabi, lettuce, mangoes, okra, peaches, peppers, plums, raspberries, strawberries, summer squash, swiss chard, tomatoes, watermelon, winter squash, and zucchini.Continue to 9 of 14 below.
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The first full month of fall isn't short on seasonal produce, with acorn squash, apples, beets, broccoli, Brussels sprouts, butternut squash, cabbage, cauliflower, cranberries, grapes, leeks, lettuce, mushrooms, parsnips, persimmons, pomegranates, pumpkins, rutabagas, spinach, sweet potatoes, swiss chard, turnips, and winter squash.
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November is the time to buy beets, broccoli, Brussels sprouts, cabbage, cauliflower, cranberries, leeks, mushrooms, oranges, parsnips, pears, persimmons, pomegranates, pumpkins, rutabagas, spinach, sweet potatoes, tangerines, turnips, and winter squash.
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Deep in December, the seasonal shelves hold broccoli, Brussels sprouts, cabbage, cauliflower, grapefruit, kale, leeks, mushrooms, oranges, papayas, parsnips, pears, pomegranates, rutabagas, sweet potatoes, tangelos, tangerines, and turnips.Continue to 13 of 14 below.
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Always a Good Deal
No matter what season is it, bananas, celery, and potatoes are always tasty and always a good buy.
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Freeze Some for Later
Many of the fruits and vegetables on this list freeze well. Buy extra while they're in season so you can enjoy them throughout the year.