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The best way to keep yourself healthy is to have a healthy diet. It's not necessary that your healthy diet is bound to have the same fruits and vegetables all round the year. Every season has its own specialties. Although nowadays, we can get any fruit or vegetable throughout the year, but these are either stored or hybrid ones, which are not as tasty and nutritious as they are supposed to be. This is the reason why people should be aware of types of fruits and vegetables in season at different times of the year. Always get your produce fresh from the market instead of getting them in a canned or preserved form. You can observe the differences with your own eyes. The fact is that once you pluck something from its plant, it starts losing its nutritional value. Hence it becomes very necessary to eat the vegetables as fresh as you can to get maximum nutrition and taste.

Seasonal Produce

Every plant grows in a particular environment which is favorable for its growth, hence they are found only in that season which provides those conditions. The four seasons are, spring (March, April, and May), summer (June, July, and August), autumn (September, October, and November) and winter (December, January, and February).

Spring (March, April and May)

VegetablesFruits
AsparagusApricots
RadishesAvocado
CucumberFennel
PotatoesCeleriac
SorrelAsparagus
Spring GreensCollards
Savoy CabbageJackfruit
CauliflowerArtichoke
WatercressMango
Purple Sprouting BroccoliStrawberries
Spring OnionRhubarb
SpinachPineapple
Peas~

Summer (June, July and August)

VegetablesFruits
AubergineBlackberries
BroccoliRaspberries
Broad BeansBlueberries
GarlicPeaches
FennelPlums
Lettuce and Salad LeavesWatermelon
RadishesCurrants - black, white, and red
Green BeansLoganberries
CucumberStrawberries
Salad OnionsTayberries
New potatoesCherries
Fresh PeasFig
CourgettesGrapes
Runner BeansApple
BeetrootCantaloupes
CarrotsGooseberries
TomatoesJackfruit
WatercressLychee
Sorrel~
Corn~
Zucchini~
Eggplant~
Okra~

Autumn (September, October and November)

VegetablesFruits
BeetrootApples
FennelDamsons
MarrowElderberries
LettuceBlackberries
PumpkinPears
SorrelPlums
SquashesQuince
TomatoesSloes
PotatoesPomegranate
MushroomsFigs
CarrotGrapes
CeleriacGuava
Sweet cornCape Gooseberries
WatercressCranberries
LeeksPersimmons
Rocket~
Broccoli~
Cabbage~
Cauliflower~
Chilies~
Garlic~
Spinach~

Winter (December, January and February)

VegetablesFruits
Brussels SproutsApple
BeetrootPears
CeleriacKiwifruit
CauliflowerOrange
CabbageLemon
KaleGrapefruit
ArtichokePapaya
FennelCranberries
Chicory~
Potatoes~
Parsnips~
Leeks~
Red Cabbage~
Turnips~
Swede~
Radish~
Carrot~

Fruits and Vegetables Available All Round the Year
VegetablesFruits
CabbageBanana
MushroomCoconut
BroccoliPapaya
CarrotApple
OnionAvocados
Potatoes~

Benefits of Seasonal Foods

From this list you can make out the variety of seasonal foods available in the market. All these should be included in your daily diet according to the time of the year. Every particular item in the list holds its own importance in terms of nutrition and taste. Following are some of the benefits of having seasonal foods.
  • Researches have proved that these foods are more nutritious than the canned, frozen, or preserved versions.
  • It is more juicy, and tastier than the hybrid or preserved varieties.
  • As they are easily available in the market, you can get them fresh and at a comparatively low price.
  • The vitamin C content in the fresh food is higher as compared to a preserved food.
  • The fruits are fresh, hence, they reduce the risk of many infections which are caused due to the preservatives used in the canned and processed food.
  • Fresh foods have antioxidants which can prevent us from many diseases
  • You can get a variety of produce in every season which keeps the menu new and interesting and will help your body to get nutrition as well.
Mother nature can take care of us more than any machine or technology invented in this world. The more you switch to the fruits and vegetables in season, more healthier you will become. So, eat smart and have a healthy life.