Seasonality of Food

Seasonality of Food

It’s no secret that fresh foods and the seasons go hand-in-hand. Some agricultural products are available for a good portion of the year, while others are only on shelves for a few weeks.

Take apples, for instance.  They are readily available during the fall and well into the winter months. Cherries, on the other hand, are at their best during the summer months.

Various foods are also better suited for consumption during specific seasons. Some can help stave off winter illnesses by providing your body the nutrients needed to stay healthy, while others specialize in helping us survive the summer heat by keeping our bodies hydrated. Grapefruit, for example, packs a nutritious punch and is a great winter fruit that can help fight off the winter chills. It’s also chock-full of vitamin C, antioxidant lycopene, and tons of other healthy phytonutrients and flavonoids. Watermelon is a fruit that is great for enjoying during the summer months. On top of containing healthy doses of vitamin C and antioxidants, it’s 92% water and great for keeping us hydrated.

It’s important to know what food and beverage products are available seasonally in order to ensure that your nutritional needs are met all-year-round. Use the calendar below to determine seasonality availability.

Seasonality of Food Calendar

ProductTime of the yearCooperator
AlmondsAll yearAlmond Board of California
Apple – Fujimid-Sep - AprU.S. Apple Export Council
Apple – Galamid-Jul - DecU.S. Apple Export Council
Apple – Granny Smithmid-Aug - JunU.S. Apple Export Council
Apple – Pink Ladymid-Oct - AprU.S. Apple Export Council
Apple – Multiple VarietiesSep - MarWashington Apple Commission
ApricotsJul - AugWashington State Fruit Commission
BarleyAll yearU.S. Grains Council
BeefAll yearU.S. Meat Export Federation
CatfishAll yearThe Catfish Institute / U.S. Farm-Raised Catfish
CherriesJun - early SepNorthwest Cherry Growers
Cling PeachFall and WinterCalifornia Cling Peach Board
CornAll yearU.S. Grains Council
DatesSep - AprBard Valley Medjool Date Growers Association / Natural Delights Medjool Dates
Citrus JuicesAll yearFlorida Department of Citrus
Craft beerAll yearBrewers Association
GrapefruitNov - MarFlorida Department of Citrus
GrapefruitOct - MayTexaSweet Citrus Marketing, Inc.
LambAll yearU.S. Meat Export Federation
NectarinesAug - SepWashington State Fruit Commission
OrangesOct - MayTexaSweet Citrus Marketing, Inc.
OrganicsAll yearOrganic Trade Association
Papayamid-Apr - Jun Hawaii Papaya Industry Association
Papayamid-Oct - mid-DecHawaii Papaya Industry Association
PeachesAug - SepWashington State Fruit Commission
PeanutsAll yearAmerican Peanut Council
Pear – BartlettJul - NovCalifornia Pear Advisory Board
Pear – BoscJul - NovCalifornia Pear Advisory Board
Pear – ComiceAug - NovCalifornia Pear Advisory Board
Pear – ForelleAug - OctCalifornia Pear Advisory Board
Pear – Red PearJul - OctCalifornia Pear Advisory Board
Pear – SeckelAug - OctCalifornia Pear Advisory Board
Pear – Multiple VarietiesAug - JunUSA Pears/Pear Bureau Northwest
PecansSep - FebU.S. Pecans
PorkAll yearU.S. Meat Export Federation
RiceAll yearUSA Rice Federation
SeedsAll yearAmerican Seed Trade Association
SorghumAll yearU.S. Grains Council
Sunflower SeedsAll yearNational Sunflower Association
TomatoesMay - NovCalifornia Tomato Farmers
TomatoesOct - JunFlorida Tomato Committee
WalnutsAll yearCalifornia Walnut Commission
WatermelonApr - NovNational Watermelon Promotion Board
WineAll yearCalifornia Wines
WineAll yearWashington State Wine Commission
WineAll yearOregon Wine Board