It has been the coldest winter that I have experienced since moving to Oregon and I am over it already. I mean really I didn’t move here from NY to experience cold winters. 😦

Ok, venting over, let’s move on. So recently I was mourning the end of Summer and not having my garden when I remembered how wonderful it was when the house was full of the smells of homemade bread and pumpkin pie during the holidays. Then just yesterday I was shopping at my local health food store and marveled at the beautiful fall vegetables available. As I was shopping I thought, “I wonder if my readers would like to know what vegetables are available during what season”.  Having it will help you when your shopping and want to use the freshest and most flavorful ingredients in your recipes. Keep in mind that when a vegetable or fruit even a herb is not in season it doesn’t have the same flavor that it has when in season. We all know this about tomatoes and cucumbers but have you ever used cilantro in winter and wondered what was wrong with your finished dish. Well, it’s the cilantro, try smelling it or tasting the leaves in winter. It is virtually tasteless. The best way to preserve the flavor of fresh herbs is to freeze them in water in summer (like in ice cube trays) then you will have them at the peak of flavor to use in winter dishes. Here is the seasonal produce list. Information from https://snaped.fns.usda.gov/seasonal-produce-guide.

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