As we get older, it gets more and more painfully obvious that you just shouldn’t eat some produce at certain times of the year. Think of produce like all the different varieties of people. Most people have a favorite season or two. A few like the weather all year round. Fruits and veggies are just the same.
Produce naturally grows at the time of year that’s best for it. Some will shrivel at the first sign of cold (e.g. basil), and others need a little shade in the summer (e.g. salad greens). But supermarkets don’t always make that obvious, and often sell produce out of season, the flavor of which is but a travesty of its full potential.
So, whether you’re working on your own garden or you’re shopping around the local farmer’s market, here’s what in-season fruits and veggies you can expect to see:
Fall/Winter (October through December)
- Brussels Sprouts
- Celeriac/Celery Root
- Shelling beans
- Squash (winter)
Some produce also stores well through the winter, is grown in greenhouses year-round, or is shipped from climates where it is in season. You may also be able to find these fruits and veggies fairly fresh:
- Chicories (various)
- Herbs (various)
- Jerusalem Artichokes/Sunchokes
- Sweet Potatoes