Do you know which fruits and vegetables are in season? I know, and I am with you, it is difficult to know all of them, and that is why we created this post.
Do you buy fruits and vegetables at your local market or supermarket, or do you grow your own?
If you buy them, that’s fine, but growing your own tastes even better. Do you want to know why?
Because when growing your own food, you are saving money. Secondly, the price of a red cabbage pack of seeds for example is almost equivalent to what you would pay for a single vegetable at your local shops.
That gives you plenty to think about, doesn’t it?
You can easily grow seasonal vegetables in your backyard, patio or a small garden. Yes, we recommend doing it because food is going to be more and more expensive.
Why is it important to eat seasonally?
Eating seasonal food will support your local economy and is vital to help farmers.
So, if you live in America, Britain or any European countries, try and buy fruits and vegetables that are in season. This is not only good for the country’s economy, but you are helping to reduce Co2.
Seasonal foods like Brussels sprouts or kale contain the nutrients, minerals and other vitamins that our bodies need. It’s also important to eat seasonally because fruits and vegetables quickly lose their nutrients once picked.
What fruit and vegetables are in season in the UK, US and EU all year?
So, without further ado, let’s get on to the list of seasonal produce (below) for better health and great savings.
Note: All these are presented in English and French.
Seasonal foods in Spring/Printemps
Let me tell you that after a long cold winter, there’s nothing more satisfying than opening the windows to let fresh warm air in and celebrate spring.
With the very first seasonal ingredients such as asparagus broad beans, green peas, red radishes, green beans, spring onions, fresh strawberries and also artichokes.
You can start making all sorts of great recipes with these fruits/vegetables.
Pick the ones you want to grow from the following list:
- Bitter lettuces (Arugula, French/Belgium Endives, Escarole, Chicory)/Laitues amères (Roquette, Endives françaises/belges, Escarole, Chicorée)
- English garden peas/Mange-tout
- Fava beans/Haricots de Fava
- Green beans/Haricots verts
- Green garlic/Ail vert
- Potatoes/Pommes de Terre
- Runner beans/Haricots verts (Sow indoors in April to enjoy them from July to October)
- Vidalia onions/Oignons de Vidalia
Seasonal foods in Summer/L’Ete:
- Eggplant/Aubergine (can grow in April in a heated greenhouse)
- Fresh herbs/Herbes fraîches
- Runner beans/Haricots verts
- Potatoes/Pommes de Terre
- Summer squash/Potimarron
- Summer lettuce (Romaine, Mâche, Butterhead, Oak Left green/red)/Laitue d’été (Romaine, Masque, Butterhead, Chêne Gauche vert/rouge)
- Limes/Citrons verts
- Bell peppers/Poivrons
- Brussel sprouts/Choux de Bruxelles
- Cabbage (green, Napa, red, Savoy)/Chou (vert, Napa, rouge, Savoie)
- Green tomatoes/Tomates vertes
- Kale/Chous kale
- Mushrooms/Champignons (Lots of variaties)
- Shelling beans/Haricots
- Winter squash (acorn, butternut, spaghetti)/Courge d’hiver (8 varieties) (gland, butternut, spaghetti)
Autumn/Winter/Hiver Seasonal Fruit & Vegetable:
- Brussels sprouts/Choux de Bruxelles
- Cabbage (green, napa, red, savoy)/Chou (vert, Napa, rouge, Savoie)
- Citrus fruits (grapefruit, lemons, oranges, tangerines)/Agrumes (pamplemousses, citrons, oranges, mandarines/clémentines)
- Green onions/Oignons verts
- Kale/Chou kale
- Sweet potatoes/Patates douces
- Wild mushrooms/Champignons sauvages
- Winter squash (acorn, butternut squash, spaghetti)/Courge d’hiver (gland, butternut, spaghetti)
Note: This list will be made into a PDF so you can download it at your own time.
So, there you have it, a full list of fruits and vegetables. Whether you grow your own produce that are in season, you will be harvesting quality fresh produce from your own yard.
January is an ideal time to plan and prep the garden to start growing your own fruits and vegetables.
There are plenty of delicious vegetables that can be great for making soups during cold seasons such as chard, leeks, potatoes, and cabbage.
There are several varieties of leafy vegetables available for harvest from February, such as Brussels sprouts, leeks and parsnips.
Note that this is also the right season to start preparing your vegetable path/garden and prepare a rotational crop system.
Which vegetables are available all season?
From our vegetable fruit calendar, we can only say one: Beets. Beets are available all year.
Located between spring and summer, expect fresh green vegetables. New potatoes. Asparagine. Bean. Carrot. Cauliflowers. Elderflowers. Peas. Radish. Rhubarbe.
Explore seasonal fruits and vegetables in Europe
You are now able to discover in three clicks, which fruits & vegetables are in season throughout Europe.
Yes, The EUFIC provides you with an innovative interactive map, that allows you to select a season, month and country, showing you the fruits and vegetable for that month of the year. This anytime of the year. And it’s free. Instructing healthier eating habits for you and your family.
As some veggies become more popular over the seasons, and follow their tool, it will be clear why some fruits and veggies are seasonally harvested in some areas, but not others.
I am a big fan of purple sprouting broccoli, and I know that I can buy it almost all year round. But, I prefer to sow it earlier in January, so it grows faster, and keeps producing for about a month after that first floret is harvested because that is when it is at its best, between February and April.
Come back to this list of seasonal produce or go to our homepage to get on your way to better health and more savings!
If you are like us, you agree that it is silly buying apples originating from Australia or New Zealand at the height of the English or American apple harvest, right?
When buying seasonal food you will get fresher, tastier, more nutritious and less expensive produce, and you will be environmentally friendly too. Remember, that isn’t just healthy for our bodies, it helps the world around us by cutting down on carbon emissions.
That doesn’t mean that we can’t enjoy a bowl of strawberries and cream for New Years’ breakfast! We can just all strive to do our small part by eating as consciously and ethically as possible.
This listing may not be complete but also may vary depending upon climate change or where you live in your area.