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Comprehensive seasonal chart

Looking for a comprehensive seasonal chart for fruits and vegetables. Not just local, but what I can expect to find in the grocery store at any given time. I am more familiar with the times for vegetables than fruits. Besides the obvious, I want to replace my evening sweet snacks with fruits. This is so much easier to do with delicious fruit than with ho-hum fruit. Shocking, I know. Seriously, I can't make myself regularly eat fruit that isn't at its best.

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  1. Is this sort of what you're looking for? http://chasingdelicious.com/kitchen-1...

    Problem with a comprehensive one is you will really need to find one that is specific to your area since certain things are in season at different times depending where you live. You can try googling "what is in season in _____(wherever you live)".

    1. Wouldn't a seasonal chart only be applicable wherever you are in the world?

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        1. Many years ago, Chez Panisse was having an anniversary (perhaps 25th) and offered calendars for sale. On various days were little notes that said things like "such-and-so farm now has fresh asparagus!", or "melons should be ready at farm x." it is really cool. Obviously useless as a day-to-day calendar now (and not useful if you do not live in the northern CA area), but I sometimes use it still for seasonal fruit/veggie reminder.

          Even a chart specific to your area will not tell you day-to-day what your store actually has fresh. So, not to be difficult, but I wonder how helpful such a chart would be --although I suppose if you are trying to plan ahead for a party. I can never remember when apricots are in season, but when I see then, I buy them. I'm sure if I saw a chart saying apricots are in season, I'd go to the store and wouldn't find good ones.

          Now there must be an "app" for that.

          1. Hit a local farmers' market at various times of year and see what's on offer. While you're there, pick up some fruit, and kill two birds with one stone.

            1. Another way to find what is available locally is to google You Pick farms for your area. You'll be able to find what is ready to pick and can then buy it at a farmers market or other market that stocks local produce. The less traveling your fresh fruit does, the better it will taste.

              1. Thanks for all the replies. I get the buy local. That is great when there is great local produce to buy. When there isn't great locally grown produce available, I would like to know what (and when) I can buy at the grocery store, shipped from wherever, that will be really good.

                For instance, lately the Cuties (mandarin? clementine?) have been great. Yesterday at Sam's they were giving out samples of their mangoes and that was about the best mango I remember ever tasting. So is it prime season for mangoes now or not? Oranges, mangoes, pineapples, etc. aren't grown here ever. This is why I say a comprehensive seasonal chart, not just local.

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                1. re: MrsJonesey

                  I just googled "in season fruit chart" and this is what came up as the first result. http://www.cuesa.org/page/seasonality... and this http://www.fruitsinfo.com/seasonal-fr...

                  1. re: juliejulez

                    Thank you, Julie! The first one is better than anything I've found yet. I think I'll print it out and add my own notes as I learn more, so I can remember from one year to the next.

                  2. re: MrsJonesey

                    The problem is that EVERYTHING is in season somewhere, for the most part, so you can get tomatoes in January that were shipped from Peru (this example presumes you're in the US). It seems to me that your question really is "what can be bought no matter the season or place of origin and still be of reasonably high quality?"

                    1. re: ricepad

                      And not just shipped in, don't we have large greenhouse facilities like Europe oes to grow tomatoes year round?

                      1. re: ricepad

                        Hmm, well I do want to know where it's from and that may factor into my decision, but quality is key.

                    2. Hunt down your state/district/county agricultural board or the nearest college with an Ag program. They may have what you want online, or someone there should be able to point you to good resources.
                      Or, just make friends with the manager of the nearest CHAIN grocery store with the largest produce section-- they probably have established annual buying dates [specialty stores might lean too far toward "what you can get from the guy down the road" and that will limit what you should buy].

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                      1. re: Kris in Beijing

                        Thanks, Kris. I have thought about talking to the produce manager at The Fresh Market. I will check online with the local university and see what I can find.