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Eat the Season. Eat Local.

It’s inevitable that with every seasonal change, I find myself coming back to this list to get a reminder of all the fresh, local produce that will be making their appearance in the marketplace, to help us celebrate the end of one season and the beginning of the next.

Cooking with fresh seasonal ingredients is an essential component of effective culinary practice.  Here’s a guide to help you enjoy each season’s fresh harvest at its prime.  Please note that the seasonality and availability will vary slightly in each country.

Eat simple. Eat fresh. Eat local. Make it real. Make it good.

n = new in season  ~  p = peak of season  ~  w = winding down


Spring (March, April, May)

March

Vegetables

artichoke (p) ~ asparagus ~ broccoli ~ cabbages (p) ~ carrots (p) ~ cauliflower (p) ~ celeriac / celery root ~ celery~– chard, collards (p) ~ fennel (p) ~ garlic (p) ~ greens: braising mix, frisee, mustard, nettles, tat-soi, kale ~ leek ~ mushrooms, morels (n) ~ onions / spring ~ peas, edible pods (n) ~ radish ~ spinach ~ salad mix, spring mix(n) ~ sunchokes (w)

Fruits

avocado / Haas ~ berries: strawberries ~ cherimoya (w) ~ kiwi (w) ~ kumquat (w) ~ lemon, meyer ~ lime, Key ~ orange, Navel (p) ~ rhubarb ~ tangerine

April

Vegetables

artichokes (p) ~ asparagus (p) ~ beans, fava (n) ~ beets (n) ~ broccoli ~ cabbages ~ carrots ~ celeriac/celery root ~ chard (w) ~ fennel ~ garlic (w) ~ greens: collards, dandelion, lettuces, nettles, kale (w) ~ leeks (w) ~ mushrooms, morels (p) ~ nopales ~ onions, spring ~ onions, sweet (n) ~ peas: Edible pod (p) ~ English/shelling (n) ~ spinach (w) ~ spring salad mix (p)

Fruits

avocado, Haas ~ grapefruit ~ orange, Navel (w) ~ rhubarb, field (p)

May

Vegetables

artichokes (w) ~ asparagus ~ beans, fava (p) ~ beans, green (n) ~ beets ~ broccoli (w) ~ cabbages (w) ~ carrots ~ cauliflower (w) ~ celery (w) ~ celeriac/celery root (w) ~ chard (w) ~ corn (n) ~ fennel (w) ~ garlic (w) ~ greens: arugula, dandelion, fiddlehead fern, lettuces, mizuna, mustard, kale (w) ~ mushrooms, morels (w) ~ onions: fresh/spring (w), sweet: Vidalia (p) ~ peas: edible pods (p), English/shelling (p) ~ potatoes, new (n) ~ radish (w) ~ ramps (p) ~ salad mix (w) ~ sorrel (p) ~ spinach (w) ~ squash, zucchini (n)

Fruits apricots (n) ~ avocado ~ berries:           blackberries (n), raspberries (n), strawberries, cherries (n) ~ grapefruit (w) ~ melons: cantaloupe (n), honeydew (n), watermelon (n) ~ peaches (n) ~ rhubarb, field (w)

Summer (June, July, August)

June

Vegetables

beans, green (n) ~ beets (w) ~ carrots (w) ~ corn (n) ~ cucumber (n) ~ garlic (n) ~ eggplant (n) ~ greens: kale ~ lettuces (w) ~ onions: sweet, Vidalia (p), Walla Walla (w), red ~ peas: English/shelling (w) ~ potatoes ~ squash, summer (n)

Fruits apricots (p) ~ berries: blackberries (p), blueberries, boysenberries (p), loganberries, plallieberries (n), raspberries (p), strawberries ~ cherries (n) ~ figs, Black Mission (n) ~ grapes (n) ~ limes (p) ~ melons: cantaloupe (n), watermelon (n) ~ nectarines (n) ~ peaches (n) ~ pineapple ~ star fruit (n) ~ tomatoes (n)

July

Vegetables

basil (n) ~ beans, green ~ corn (p) ~ cucumber (n) ~ garlic ~ eggplant (n) ~ okra (n) ~ onions: red (p), sweet, Vidalia (w), Walla Walla (w) ~ peppers, sweet/bell (n) ~ squash, summer (p) ~ potatoes

Fruits berries: blueberries (p), gooseberries ~ cherries (w) ~ figs: Black Mission ~ Calimyrna grapes ~ limes ~ melons: ambrosia, canary, galaxy, galia, watermelon ~ nectarines (p) ~ oranges, Valencia (n) ~ peaches (p) ~ pears: Asian (n) ~ Bartlett (n) ~ French butter (p) ~ pineapple ~ plums (n) ~ tomatoes (n)

August

Vegetables

basil ~ beans, green (p) ~ beans, fresh shelling such as cranberry, black-eyed pea (n) ~ corn (p) ~ cucumber (p) ~ garlic (p) ~ eggplant ~ okra (p) ~ onion (p) ~ pepper, bell ~ squash, summer ~ Tomatillo

Fruits

apple, Gravenstein (n) ~ avocado, Haas ~ berries: blackberries (w), blueberries (w), raspberries (p) ~ figs: (p) Adriatic, Black Mission, Brown Turkey, Calimyrna, Kadota ~ grapes: Red Flame (p), Thompson seedless ~ limes (w) ~ melons (p) ~ nectarines (w) ~ orange, Valencia (p) ~ peaches (p) ~ pears, Asian (n), Bartlett (p) ~ plums (p) ~ tomatoes

Autumn (September, October, November)

September

Vegetables

artichokes (n) ~ basil (p) ~ beans, fresh shelling (p) ~ celeriac/celery root (n) ~ cucumber (p) ~ eggplant (p) ~ garlic (p) ~ kale (n) ~ kohlrabi (n) ~ okra (p) ~ onion ~ peppers: (p) Bell, chile ~ potatoes (w) ~ squash: summer (w), winter (n) ~ Tomatillo (w)

Fruits apples (p) ~ figs (w) ~ grapes (p) ~ melons (w) ~ orange, Valencia (p) ~ pears: Asian (p), Bartlett (w) ~ persimmons: (n) Fuyu (firm), Hachiya (soft) ~ plums (w) ~ pomegranate (n) ~ quince (n) ~ tomatoes (p)

October

Vegetables

artichokes (p) ~ basil (w) ~ beans: (w) fresh shelling, green ~ beets (n) ~ broccoli            (n) ~ brussels sprouts (n) ~ cabbages (n) ~ cardoon (p) ~ celeriac/celery root ~ chard (n) ~ daikon (n) ~ eggplant (w) ~ garlic (w) ~ greens: turnip, beet, parsley, lettuces, escarole, arugula, komatsuna (n), kale ~ kohlrabi ~ parsnip ~ peppers: (w) sweet, hot          ~ potatoes: white, sweet (n) ~ pumpkin (p) ~ radish (n) ~ rutabaga (n) ~ spinach (n) ~ squash, winter (p) ~ turnips (n) ~ yams (n)

Fruits

apples  (p) ~ avocado: Haas (w), Fuerte (n), Zutano (n) ~ berries, cranberries (n) ~ kumquat (n) ~ lemons (n) ~ orange, Valencia (w) ~ pears: (n) Bosc, Comice ~ persimmons: (p) Fuyu (firm), Hachiya (soft) ~ pomegranate (p) ~ quince (p) ~ raspberries (w) ~ tomatoes (w)

November

Vegetables artichokes (w) ~ beans, green (w) ~ beets ~ broccoli ~ cabbages (n) ~ bok choy ~ brussels sprouts ~ carrots (n) ~ celeriac/celery root ~ celery (n) ~ chard (n) ~ daikon (p) ~ dill (p) ~ garlic (w) ~ greens: mustard, endive, kale ~ kohlrabi (w) ~ leek ~ parsnip ~ peppers: (w) hot, sweet ~ potatoes: white, sweet (p) ~ radish (w) ~ rutabaga ~ squash, winter (p) ~ sunchoke (n) ~ turnip (n) ~ yams (p)
Fruits apples  (w) ~ avocado: (n) Fuerte, Zutano ~ berries: cranberries (p), huckleberries (p) ~ guava (n) ~ pineapple (n) ~ kiwi (n) ~ kumquats ~ lemons (n) ~ mandarins, tangerines (n) ~ orange, navel (n) ~ pears: Anjou (n), Bosc (p), Comice (p) ~ persimmons: Fuyu (firm) (p), Hachiya (soft) (p) ~ pomegranate (w) ~ quince  (w)

Winter (December, January, February)

December

Vegetables broccoli            ~ cabbages: Bok choy, brussels sprouts (p), green, Napa, red, Savoy ~ carrots ~ cauliflower (n) ~ celery ~ celeriac/celery root ~ Daikon (w) ~ kale ~ mushrooms, wild (p) ~ parsley ~ parsnip (w) ~ potatoes: white, sweet/yams (p) ~ rutabaga  ~ spinach ~ squash, winter (w) ~ sunchoke ~ turnips (p)
Fruits

avocado: Fuerte, Haas (n) ~ berries: cranberries (w) ~ cherimoya (n) ~ currants, red ~ dates, fresh (p) ~ grapefruit (n) ~ kiwi ~ kumquat ~ lemon ~ mandarins/tangerines (p) ~ oranges, Navel (n) ~ pears: Anjou, Bosc (p), Comice (p), Winter Nellis ~ quince ~

January

Vegetables broccoli ~ cabbages: Bok choy (w), brussels sprouts, green, Napa, Savoy ~ carrots ~ cauliflower ~ celery ~ celeriac/celery root ~ chard ~ collards (n) ~ Daikon (w) ~ fennel (n) ~ greens: kale ~ leeks ~ mushrooms, wild ~ onions, green (n) ~ potatoes, white (w) ~ rutabaga (w) ~ spinach ~ squash, butternut (w) ~ sunchoke ~ turnips (w)
Fruits

avocado: Fuerte (w), Haas (n), Zutano (w) ~ grapefruit ~ kisi ~ kumquat ~ lemons (p) ~ mandarins, tangerines (p) ~ oranges: Blood (n), Naval (n) ~ pears: Anjou, Bosc (w), Comice (w) ~ rhubarb, hothouse (n)

February

Vegetables

artichoke (n) ~ asparagus (n) ~ broccoli (p) ~ brussels sprouts (w) ~ carrots ~ cauliflower ~ celery ~ celeriac/celery root ~ chard ~collards ~ fennel ~ greens: mustard, turnip, watercress, kale ~ leeks ~ onions, spring ~ potatoes: red, russet, white ~ radish (n) ~ spinach ~ sunchoke (w)

Fruits

avocado, Haas ~ berries: raspberries (n), strawberries (n) ~ grapefruit (p) ~ kiwi ~ kumquat ~ lemons ~ mandarins/tangerines ~ oranges: Blood (w), Navel (n) ~ pummel ~ rhubarb (n)

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