Real Food – by the season

Great short list of seasonal eating based off of growing seasons.  Look for these veggies and fruits at the grocery and farmers markets.  I’m always adding to the list so let me know if I’m missing your favorite!


Spring – shopping list

Greens: Arugula, Bok choy, Cabbage, Chard, Collard greens, Watercress, Dandelions, Kale, Lettuce, Mizuna, Mustard Greens, Nettles, Spinach

Shoots: Artichokes, Asparagus, Broccoli, Brussels Sprouts, Cauliflower, Fennel, Garlic, Leeks, Rhubarb, Scallions, Sprouts

Roots: Beets, Carrots, Onions, Parsnips, Radishes, Rutabagas, Turnips

Fruits: Avocados, Blackberries, Blueberries, Cherries, Grapefruit, Guavas, Honeydew melons, Kumquats, Lemons, Limes, Mandarins, Oranges, Pomelos, Strawberries

Seeds and Nuts: Walnuts



Summer – shopping list

Greens: Swiss chard,  Mustard greens, summer lettuce, Mesclun mix, Malabar spinach and Red Russian kale

Shoots:  Beans, Basil, Cilantro, Scallions, Bay, Chives, Corn, Dill, Mint, Oregano, Rosemary, Tarragon, Thyme, Lavender

Roots: Carrots, Onions, Leeks, Shallots, Beets, Potatoes,

Fruits:  Apricots, Blackberries, Blueberries, Cherries, tomatoes, peppers, cucumbers, Lemons, Nectarines, Peppers, Peaches, Plums, Melons, Mangoes

Seeds, Nuts and Legumes: Almonds, Lychee, Peanut








Fall – shopping list

Greens: Arugula, Cabbage, Chard, Chicories, Herbs, Kale, Kolrabi, Lettuce, Spinach

Shoots: Artichokes, Belgian Endive, Broccoli, Broccoli Raabe, Brussles Sprouts, Fennel, Leeks, Lemongrass,

Roots:  Beets, Carrots, Garlic, Green Onions, Horseradish, Jerusalem Artichokes, Mushrooms, Onions, Parsnips, Potatoes, Pumpkins, Radishes, Rutabagas, Shallots, Sweet potatoes, Turnips, Winter squash, Zucchini

Fruits: Apples, Blackberries, Chiles, Cranberries, Dates, Eggplant, Figs, Grapes, Pears, Peppers, Persimmons, Pomegranates, Tomatillos

Seeds, Nuts and Legumes: Chestnuts, Edamame aka soybeans, Green beans, Hazelnut, Limes, Okra, Pecans, Pistachios, Walnuts, Shelling beans






Winter – shopping list

Greens: Brussels Sprouts, Chard, Kale, Savoy Cabbage, Spinach

Shoots: Belgian Endive, Broccoli Raabe, Cauliflower, Fennel, Leeks, Purple sprouting broccoli

Roots:  Beets, Carrots,Celery Root, Horseradish, Jerusalem Artichokes, Parsnips, Onion, Raddichio, Radishes, Rutabagas, Shallots, Sweet Potatoes, Turnips, Winter squash

Fruits: Avocado, Clementines, Grapefruit, Kiwi, Kumquats, Lemons, Mandarins, Oranges, Pears, Persimmons, Pomegranates, Pomellos, Satsumas, Tangerines,

Seeds and Nuts: Chestnuts, Walnuts