This guide will help you figure out what is in season AND how to find the best tasting produce. To do that, I’ve reviewed agricultural research reports from various universities, consulted with farmers, and reached out to other experts and their resources.
But don’t worry, I’ve distilled that information down and provide you with only the most helpful, relevant tidbits. You can find those on each produce page, followed by seasonal (and often clever) recipes collected from top food blogs.
Seeking out fruit (and vegetables) with the best flavor can actually be difficult. Even though things might be in-season, it doesn’t mean they were picked ripe, which leads to that disappointment we’ve all had biting into a lackluster peach. But other fruit, like bananas and kiwi do get sweeter after being picked.
There are also some ingredients classified as year-round. Those items either can be grown year round (like on the west coast), or they don’t have a noticeable change in quality when stored (like potatoes). Some produce can be stored for over a year (like apples), but the flavor is greatly affected, so I consider it to still have a season (and it isn’t listed as a year-round fruit because of that).