When foods are “in-season”, you will notice that grocery stores put them on sale. That should be your first indication that they are an in-season fruit or vegetable. So to save the most money (especially without couponing), you will want to put together your meals with those items. Your grocery bill will be SO much cheaper!
Think of fresh, leafy vegetables like Spinach, Romaine and Parsley. Artichokes, Asparagus, Peas, Cherries and Apricots will also start to go on sale.
This is the time to purchase foods that are cooling. Or think of foods that seem refreshing or light when it is hot outside. So I am talking about Strawberries, Pears, Corn, Summer Squash and Broccoli. Also watch for Watermelon, Cantaloupe, Blueberries and Peaches.
Fall is the time for warming foods. So, you will see more starches on sale. Watch for sales on things like Sweet Potatoes and Carrots. This is also the time for Pumpkins, Apples and Grapes.
You will see Oranges, Broccoli, Cauliflower and Grapefruit on sale. Depending on where you live, you will also see Pineapples on sale during this timeframe. It should get you excited for Spring.
Obviously, I didn’t list every single fruit and vegetable out there and put them in a Season above. But, I did want to give you some sort of starting point. However, like I said earlier, your BIGGEST indication that something is in-season is when the stores have them on sale. Why? Because when something is in-season, stores have a surplus of product to sell. They aren’t going to mark up the price, they are going to lower it.
And as a quick note, there are always foods that seems to be in-season like Bananas or Onions. Because some fruits and vegetables can be grown year-round, you will notice that some don’t ever seem to have a particular season they really go on sale.
So try to start shopping in-season and not only will your wallet thank you but so will your taste buds. Vegetables and Fruits shipped to stores out-of-season usually are grown in hothouses or have to be shipped from different countries. The taste is totally different. So shopping a little smarter will have all of your meals tasting better too!