In Season: Pick From These 52 Fruits and Veggies

June is National Fresh Fruit and Vegetable Month and summer in Michigan provides an abundance of colorful produce to choose from. 

Remember the importance of fruits and vegetables to a well-balanced, nutrient dense diet. Fruits and vegetables are nature’s fast food that provide many vitamins, minerals, antioxidants, and fiber for overall good health. 

The goal is at least 5-a-day for better health and remember to have a rainbow of delicious colors daily.

Best in Season

As far as the nutrition value of fruits and vegetables. If fresh is not an option at that time, frozen is the next best choice. The 3rd best option is canned fruits and vegetables. Really, it is better to have them any way you can. As a dietitian, I would like to see you eating fruits and vegetables. Period.  But don’t forget,  if you are purchasing canned vegetables, try to get the “no salt added” variety for better health. 

There are so many different kinds of produce that it is sometimes hard to keep track  of what is in season. Here is a list of fruits and vegetables that are in season this summer in Michigan:

  1. Apples, July through October
  2. Arugula, May through September
  3. Asparagus, April through June
  4. Basil, July through September
  5. Beets, May through October
  6. Blackberrries, July into August
  7. Blueberries, July into August
  8. Broccoli, June through October
  9. Brussels sprouts, August through November
  10. Cabbage, June through November
  11. Cantaloupes, August and September
  12. Carrots, May through November
  13. Cauliflower, August through November
  14. Celeriac/celery root, August through October
  15. Celery, August through October
  16. Chard, May through September
  17. Cherries, June and July
  18. Cilantro, June through September
  19. Corn, mid-June through mid-August
  20. Cucumbers, July through mid-October
  21. Eggplant, July through mid-October
  22. Garlic, August through November
  23. Garlic scapes/green garlic, May and June
  24. Grapes, August and September
  25. Green beans, July through September
  26. Green Onions/Scallions, June through September
  27. Greens (various), May through November
  28. Herbs, various, May through October
  29. Kale, June through November
  30. Leeks, August through October
  31. Lettuce (various), May through October
  32. Melons, July through September
  33. Onions, August through October
  34. Parsley, May through September
  35. Peaches, July and August
  36. Pears, August through October
  37. Peas and pea pods, June through August
  38. Peppers (sweet), June through September
  39. Plums & pluots, July and August
  40. Potatoes, July through November  
  41. Radishes, May through October
  42. Raspberries, June into August
  43. Rhubarb, April through June
  44. Spinach, May through October
  45. Squash (summer), July through October
  46. Squash (winter), August through November
  47. Strawberries, June and July
  48. Tomatoes, July through October
  49. Turnips, August through November
  50. Watermelons, August through September
  51. Zucchini, July through October
  52. Zucchini Blossoms, July and August

Many of these items are available year round. Check out some of the  local farmers’ markets to find your favorites.

I love tomatoes, watermelon, strawberries, blueberries, and asparagus in the summer. But really, I love all produce – I could never pick just one. What are your favorite summer fruits and vegetables?

Photo Credit: NatalieMaynor


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