Fruit is delicious and healthy, but knowing when to buy fruit that is in season can be tricky. Most supermarkets carry many fruit year-round, but you want to give your family only the freshest and tastiest fruit. Here is a general guideline, by month that you can use to find out when to buy the freshest fruit for the best price in most areas of the U.S.
January: The winter months usually do bring out the citrus fruits. Oranges, grapefruits, tangerines and tangelos are all in season. You may not think of a lemon as a fruit, but his delicious yellow citrus is in season now, also. A lesser known fruit is the papaya, which should be available this month in most markets.
February: This chilly month almost copies January exactly. Oranges, grapefruit, lemons and papayas can be found now in your supermarket for a decent price.
March: March still has grapefruit and oranges, but pineapples and strawberries start to make an appearance.
April: In this month you can generally find tropical favorites, like pineapple and mangoes in season.
May: Spring has arrived, so think berries! Blackberries, blueberries, strawberries and cherries should be in most grocery stores. Pineapples, grapefruit and oranges are also hanging around. Some newcomers to the shelves could be cantaloupe, honeydew melons peaches and apricots.
June: Berries still abound in June. Apricots hit full swing this month, too. Cantaloupe and honeydew are joined by watermelon this time of year. Summer fruit also means pits, so think nectarines, peaches, and plums. Limes, oranges and pineapples can also be found in June.
July: Apricots, peaches, nectarines and plums are tasty in July. Raspberries join the other berries this month. Melons are everywhere, while grapes and kiwi hit the store shelves.
August: The pitted fruit and melons are great on a hot August day. Fresh, plump berries make a tasty snack this month, too. Limes, kiwi and grapes are still hanging out for summer enjoyment. Apples start to appear this month, in anticipation of Fall.
September: New this month are cranberries, pears and pomegranates. You can still find fresh blueberries, cranberries, strawberries, apples and grapes. Summer stragglers such as cantaloupe, honeydew, peaches, nectarines and plums are still available.
October: October is the prime month for apple picking, and pears are readily available during this month. Some peaches and strawberries are still around, and a few honeydew melons. Cranberries, oranges, pomegranates and grapes are great additions to a Fall salad.
November: November is almost the same as October, but you won’t usually find any good strawberries. The citrus starts coming out again, such as oranges, tangerines and grapefruit.
December: Papayas come back in December, along with all the great winter citrus fruit. Grapes and pears are good this month, as well as papayas and pomegranates.
No matter the season, you should be able to shop smartly now for the freshest fruit. Not only will you get more flavor and nutrients from these fruits, you will also stretch your grocery budget. So enjoy a juicy treat, and feel good about serving your family nothing but the best!