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I was morning the loss of my garden and the robust flavors of its harvest as Summer comes to an end when I remembered the smells of homemade bread and the warm spices associated with pumpkin pie and homemade soups and stews of the coming Fall and Winter months. I thought you might enjoy having this list of seasonal produce. It can be a big help when planning your menu’s. Did you know that besides tomatoes and cucumbers almost all out of season produce even herbs lack flavor in their off season. Take Cilantro for instance. In winter when it’s not in season pretty much everywhere it is tasteless. The best way to preserve the taste of those fresh herbs is to freeze them in water in ice cube trays when you harvest them. That way you will have them to use throughout the off season months.

Check back for some of my favorite Fall and Winter recipes using in season ingredients and some from my canning pantry and freezer.

Winter


Spring


Summer


Fall

Apples Apples Apples Apples
Bananas Apricots Apricots Bananas
Beets Asparagus Bananas Beets
Brussels Sprouts Bananas Beets Bell Peppers
Cabbage Broccoli Bell Peppers Broccoli
Carrots Cabbage Blackberries Brussels Sprouts
Celery Carrots Blueberries Cabbage
Grapefruit Celery Carrots Carrots
Kale Collard Greens Cantaloupe/ Muskmelons Cauliflower
Leeks Garlic Celery Celery
Lemons Greens (cooking) Cherries Collard Greens
Onions Lettuce Collard Greens Cranberries
Oranges Mushrooms Corn Garlic
Parsnips Onions Cucumbers Ginger
Pears Peas Eggplant Grapes
Pineapple Pineapple Garlic Greens (cooking)
Potatoes Radishes Green Beans Green Beans
Pumpkins Rhubarb Honeydew Melon Kale
Rutabagas Spinach Kiwifruit Lettuce
Sweet Potatoes and Yams Strawberries Lima Beans Mangos
Turnips Swiss Chard Mangos Mushrooms
Winter Squash Turnips Nectarines Onions
Okra Parsnips
Peaches Peas
Plums Pears
Raspberries Pineapple
Strawberries Potatoes
Summer Squash & Zucchini Pumpkins
Tomatillos Radishes
Tomatoes Raspberries
Watermelon Rutabagas
Spinach
Sweet Potatoes and Yams
Swiss Chard
Turnips
Winter Squash