A Guide to Seasonal Fruits and Vegetables

Here’s our Guide to Seasonal Fruits and Vegetables for the Paleo Diet. Choosing seasonal fruits and vegetables can really save you money while practicing the paleo lifestyle, but its hard to know what’s what and when. If you have a local farmer’s market, it makes it a little easier – basically anything that you can find there! But if you don’t, or you live in a climate where it is cold more often than hot, then I hope this guide will help you to figure out the basics. If you eat local or seasonal foods, they will taste better and make your dishes, your wallet, and your stomach happy!

I am writing this guide for Florida residents (by request) – all * items are not native to the state. Please let me know if you have any questions about anything that I left off the list or would like help with your region. Thanks!

JANUARY

Avocado, Beets, Bell Pepper, Broccoli (and Broccoli Raab), Brussel Sprouts, Cabbage, Carambola, Carrot, Cauliflower, Celery (and Celery Root), Cilantro, Chard, Chiles, Coconuts, Collard Greens, Cucumber, Eggplant, Fennel, Grapefruit, Green Onions, Guava, Kale, Leeks, Lemon, Lemongrass, Lettuce, Lime, Mandarin Oranges, Mushrooms, Okra, Onions, Oranges, Oregano, Papaya, Parsley, Passion Fruit, Peppers (sweet), Pommelos, Radish, Squash, Strawberries, Tangerines, Thyme, Tomatoes, Tomatillo, Zucchini

FEBRUARY

Bell Pepper, Beets, Broccoli (and Broccoli Raab), Brussel Sprouts, Cabbage, Carambola, Carrot, Cauliflower, Celery (and Celery Root), Cilantro, Chard, Chiles, Coconuts, Collard Greens, Cucumber, Eggplant, Fennel, Grapefruit, Green Onions, Guava, Kale, Leeks, Lemon, Lemongrass, Lettuce, Lime, Mandarin Oranges, Mushrooms, Onions, Oranges, Oregano, Papaya, Parsley, Passion Fruit, Peppers (sweet), Pommelos, Radish, Spinach, Squash, Strawberries, Tangerines, Thyme, Tomatoes, Tomatillo, Zucchini

MARCH

Basil, Beets,Bell Pepper, Broccoli (and Broccoli Raab), Brussel Sprouts, Cabbage, Cantaloupe, Carambola, Carrot, Cauliflower, Celery (and Celery Root), Cilantro, Chard, Chiles, Coconuts, Collard Greens, Cucumber, Eggplant, Fennel, Grapefruit, Green Onions, Guava, Kale, Leeks, Lemon, Lemongrass, Lettuce, Lime, Mandarin Oranges, Melon, Mushrooms, Onions, Oranges, Oregano, Papaya, Parsley, Passion Fruit, Peppers (sweet), Pineapple*, Pommelos, Radish, Spinach, Squash, Strawberries, Tangerines, Thyme, Tomatoes, Tomatillo, Zucchini

APRIL

Artichoke, Asparagus, Basil, Bell Pepper, Blueberries*, Broccoli (and Broccoli Raab), Cabbage, Cantaloupe, Carrot, Cauliflower, Celery (and Celery Root), Cilantro, Chard, Chiles, Coconuts, Collard Greens, Cucumber, Eggplant, Fennel, Grapefruit, Green Onions, Guava, Kale, Leeks, Lemon, Lemongrass, Lettuce, Lime, Mandarin Oranges, Melon, Mushrooms, Onions, Oranges, Oregano, Papaya, Parsley, Peppers (sweet), Pineapple*, Pommelos, Radish, Rhubarb, Squash, Strawberries, Tangerines, Thyme, Tomatoes, Tomatillo, Watermelon, Zucchini

MAY

Apricot, Artichoke, Asparagus, Basil, Bell Pepper, Blueberries*, Broccoli (and Broccoli Raab), Cabbage, Cantaloupe, Carrot, Cauliflower, Celery (and Celery Root), Cilantro, Chard, Chiles, Coconuts, Collard Greens, Cucumber, Eggplant, Fennel, Grapefruit, Green Onions, Guava, Jackfruit, Kale, Leeks, Lemon, Lemongrass, Lettuce, Lime, Mandarin Oranges, Mango, Melon, Mushrooms, Onions, Oranges, Oregano, Papaya, Parsley, Peppers (sweet), Pineapple*, Radish, Rhubarb, Squash, Strawberries, Tangerines, Thyme, Tomatoes, Tomatillo, Watermelon, Zucchini

JUNE

Avocado, Apricot, Basil, Bell Pepper, Blackberries, Blueberries*, Cabbage, Cantaloupe, Carrot, Celery (and Celery Root), Cherries, Chiles, Coconuts, Cucumber, Dragon Fruit, Eggplant, Fennel, Grapefruit, Green Onions, Guava, Jackfruit, Leeks, Lemon, Lime, Lychee, Mandarin Oranges, Mango, Melon, Mushrooms, Nectarines, Onions, Oregano, Papaya, Parsley, Passion Fruit, Peaches, Peppers (sweet), Radish, Squash, Strawberries, Thyme, Tomatoes, Tomatillo, Watermelon, Zucchini

JULY

Avocado, Apricot, Basil, Bell Pepper, Blackberries, Cantaloupe, Cherries, Coconuts, Dragon Fruit, Figs, Green Onions, Guava, Jackfruit, Kiwi*, Leeks, Lemon, Lime, Longan, Mango, Melon, Mushrooms, Nectarines, Onions, Oregano, Papaya, Parsley, Passion Fruit, Peaches, Peppers (sweet), Plums, Raspberries, Watermelon

AUGUST

Avocado, Asian Pear, Apricot, Basil, Carambola, Cherries, Chiles, Coconuts, Dragon Fruit, Figs, Grapes, Green Onions, Guava, Jackfruit, Kiwi*, Leeks, Lemon, Lime, Longan, Mango, Mushrooms, Nectarines, Okra, Onions, Oregano, Papaya, Parsley, Passion Fruit, Peaches, Plums, Raspberries

SEPTEMBER

Apples*, Avocado, Asian Pear, Basil, Carambola, Chiles, Coconuts, Dragon Fruit, Eggplant, Fennel, Figs, Grapefruit, Grapes, Green Onions, Guava, Jackfruit, Leeks, Lemon, Lemongrass, Lime, Mango, Mushrooms, Okra, Onions, Oregano, Papaya, Parsley, Passion Fruit, Persimmon*, Pomegrante*, Pumpkin, Quinces, Squash, Strawberries, Sweet Potato, Tangerines, Thyme, Tomato, Tomatillo, Zucchini

OCTOBER

Apples*, Avocado, Asian Pear, Basil, Beets, Bell Pepper, Broccoli (and Broccoli Raab), Carambola, Chiles, Coconuts, Cranberries*, Cucumber, Dragon Fruit, Eggplant, Fennel, Grapefruit, Green Onions, Guava, Jackfruit, Leeks, Lemon, Lemongrass, Lime, Mandarin Oranges, Mushrooms, Okra, Onions, Oranges, Oregano, Papaya, Parsley, Passion Fruit, Persimmon*, Pomegrante*, Pumpkin, Quinces, Radish, Squash, Strawberries, Sweet Peppers, Sweet Potato, Tangerines, Thyme, Tomato, Tomatillo, Zucchini

NOVEMBER

Apples*, Avocado, Asian Pear, Basil, Beets, Bell Pepper, Broccoli (and Broccoli Raab), Brussel Sprouts, Cabbage, Carambola, Carrot, Cauliflower, Celery (and Celery Root), Cilantro, Chard, Chiles, Coconuts, Collard Greens, Cranberries*, Cucumber, Dragon Fruit, Eggplant, Fennel, Grapefruit, Green, Onions, Guava, Jackfruit, Kale, Leeks, Lemon, Lemongrass, Lettuce, Lime, Mandarin Oranges, Mushrooms, Okra, Onions, Oranges, Oregano, Papaya, Parsley, Passion Fruit, Persimmon*, Pomegrante*, Pumpkin, Quinces, Radish, Squash, Strawberries, Sweet Peppers, Sweet Potato, Tangerines, Thyme, Tomato, Tomatillo, Zucchini

DECEMBER

Avocado, Beets, Bell Pepper, Broccoli (and Broccoli Raab), Brussel Sprouts, Cabbage, Carambola, Carrot, Cauliflower, Celery (and Celery Root), Cilantro, Chard, Chiles, Coconuts, Collard Greens, Cranberries*, Cucumber, Eggplant, Fennel, Grapefruit, Green Onions, Guava, Kale, Leeks, Lemon, Lemongrass, Lettuce, Lime, Mandarin Oranges, Mushrooms, Okra, Onions, Oranges, Oregano, Papaya, Parsley, Passion Fruit, Persimmon*, Pomegrante*, Pommelos, Radish, Squash, Strawberries, Sweet Peppers, Sweet Potato, Tangerines, Thyme, Tomato, Tomatillo, Zucchini

6 Comments

  1. Ivan

    I have been using your website for meal ideas for about 4 days now. I am siniifgcantly overweight and have been doing paleo for about a week now. I’m not perfect at it yet, but I think I have managed to mostly wean myself from sugar, etc. However, with the power of positive thinking and eating, I am succeeding. I realized last night that I am actually feeling better than I have in several years. Better yet, I don’t feel deprived and I don’t have many food cravings. I also have three very picky children (and yes, I’m talking about pop tart, cinnamon toast cruch, peanut butter and jelly loving kids). I feel like I need to carry my laptop around with me for every meal or snack, but the change in diet is working. I just wantched the video about your book and it literaly had me in tears by the end. Thank you for all of your ideas and recipes and I will most certainly be pre-ordering your book today. I want to show my kids the pictures of your kids eating healthy and liking it (and use the recipes and exercise ideas as well). Today I made the pot roast with cabbage on top and the apple/almond meal muffins and thought my ears were deceiving me when I heard my 8 year old son say more please . I can’t wait to see how the roast (which is currently in the crock pot) turns out.I know this comment has been rather lengthy, but I just wanted you to know that you and your family are helping me and mine become healthier and I can’t wait to get the book.

    • Ivan,
      So good to hear that you are persevering! Isn’t it a great feeling to be feeling better already?? And I promise, it will get easier to remember what’s what and it will become second nature. I love that this video has inspired you so much, but I think that you are referring to another site (we actually don’t have kids, we just make recipes they don’t hate ;)

      Regardless, we appreciate your story and we’re so happy that you and your family are on the right track! Great going so far and keep it paleo!
      ~Paleo Effect

    • Anonymous

      Go Ivan ! Hope you’re still on the paleo wagon and feeling great!!

  2. Janelle

    I live in northeastern PA. My local farmers market sells produce that obviously do not grow in our state, ever (bananas, mangos avacado etc). Is there a definitive list for my area such as the one you put together for Florida?

  3. Sophie, Thanks so much for the shout out, we really appreciate the support! :) If there’s any recipes from Huffman Texas that you’re looking for, be sure to let us know! Keep it Paleo, ~Paleo Effect

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