Just because it's winter doesn't mean you can't get your hands on delicious fresh fruit. It's a safe bet that there's something tasty in season all throughout the year. Thankfully, this handy chart from Chasing Delicious helps you figure out what's fresh.
For example, if you look at the chart to the right here (click to enlarge), you'll see that summertime is prime time for figs, grapes and tomatoes, but come autumn we have coconuts, pomegranates and pears to look forward to. If you're looking for something tasty that's in season year-round, look for passionfruit and bananas; it's a safe bet they're seasonal somewhere no matter what month it is.
Chasing Delicious also notes that even considering transit time and scarcity, buying produce out of season — and the sacrifice in freshness and quality that come with it — is the real problem when it comes to flavour. They offer up some valuable suggestions for sourcing in-season produce locally, from getting involved with local farms to growing your own.
If you're thinking "what about vegetables?" then Chasing Delicious has a chart for you that also shows which veggies are in season at which times, and still another with which herbs you can expect to grow well during which months of the year. Best of all, if you love the charts, you can buy prints of them and hang them up in your kitchen. Hit the link below for large versions of all three charts, and links to buy prints if you want. How do you make sure you get fresh, in-season produce? Share your shopping tips in the comments below.
Kitchen 101: Fruits, Vegetables & Herbs [Chasing Delicious]