POPSUGAR Food

Your Ultimate Summer Produce Guide

May 31 2014 - 10:00am

Along with Summer comes bathing suits, fireworks, and, of course, biting into juicy fruits and crisp veggies. The time is here to savor sweet watermelons, avocados, peaches, and more. Take a look at what's ripe this season, and get ready to hit the farmers markets with more than one tote in hand.

Photos: Nicole Perry

Apricots

Apricots [1] have a short season that runs from May through July, with some prized varieties (like Blenheims) only available for a few weeks in late June/early July.

Source: Flickr user Paul and Jill [2]

Bell Peppers

Sweet bell peppers are available as early as May and as late as December, and are at their peak during the Summer months.

Source: Shutterstock [3]

Avocados

Creamy avocados [4] are typically available year-round, but hit their peak in the Summer (at least in California).

Source: Thinkstock [5]

Blackberries

Blackberries [6] are available as early as May and as late as October.

Source: Shutterstock [7]

Blueberries

Blueberry season typically runs from May through August.

Photo: Nicole Perry

Cauliflower

Cauliflower [8] is typically available all months, but its peak is in Summer (July and August).

Celeriac

Celeriac [9]'s peak season runs April through December.

Source: Flickr user Skånska Matupplevelser [10]

Cherries

Sweet cherries [11] are typically available from April through July.

Source: Shutterstock [12]

Corn

Sweet corn [13] is in season from the beginning of June through the early Fall months.

Source: Flickr user flydime [14]

Cucumbers

Cucumbers [15] are at their peak growing time from early Summer to mid-Fall (June through November).

Source: Flickr user adie reed [16]

Eggplant

Look for squat and sturdy globe eggplants [17] and slender Japanese varieties [18] from July through October.

Source: Shutterstock [19]

Figs

Figs [20] are typically at markets from late June through early December.

Photo: Nicole Perry

Gooseberries

Gooseberries [21] are in season from May to August and are at their peak during the month of July.

Photo: Susannah Chen

Grapes

Juicy grapes are typically available from July through December.

Photo: Nicole Perry

Honeydew Melon

Honeydew melon [22]'s season runs from June to November.

Source: Thinkstock [23]

Long Beans

Peak long bean [24] season runs from late Summer to early Fall. However, in California and Mexico, they grow year-round.

Photo: Susannah Chen

Nectarines

Nectarine season mirrors that of its furry cousin, the peach. They can be ready as early as May and available until late September, but their season is at its peak in July and August.

Photo: Nicole Perry

Nopales

Look for nopales [25], the edible leaves of the prickly pear cactus, through Summer and Fall.

Source: Flickr user Gary Soup [26]

Okra

Okra [27] season typically runs June through November.

Photo: Susannah Chen

Padron Peppers

Diminutive padron peppers [28] are typically in season from mid-June all the way through September.

Photo: Susannah Chen

Peaches

Velvety peaches [29] can be ready as early as May and available until late September, but their season is at its peak in July and August.

Source: Thinkstock [30]

Plums

Plum [31] season runs from May through September, though it varies slightly from year to year.

Source: Thinkstock [32]

Zucchini

Zucchini [33] (and its delectable squash blossoms) is available May through September.

Source: Flickr user ljcybergal [34]

Watermelon

Watermelon season peaks [35] in the Summer and lasts from June through October.

Source: Shutterstock [36]

Purslane

Purslane [37] is typically available from April through December.

Photo: Anna Monette Roberts

Radishes

Although radishes [38] are available year-round, it's during Spring and Summer months when one can truly appreciate them for their crisp texture and spicy, juicy bite.

Source: Shutterstock [39]

Raspberries

Raspberries have, thankfully, a long season that runs from May through early November, with their peak in the Summer months.

Source: Shutterstock [40]

Sour Cherries

Sour cherries [41] have a tragically short season and are generally only available for a few weeks in June and July.

Source: Thinkstock [42]

Strawberries

Strawberries [43] are at their sweetest from April to July, though they are available at farmers markets as early as March and as late as October.

Photo: Susannah Chen

Summer Squash

Summer squash (a category which includes pattypan, crookneck, zucchini, yellow, and other heirloom varieties) is typically available from June through late October.

Source: Shutterstock [44]

Tayberries

A cross between the Aurora blackberry and a European raspberry variety, tayberry [45] season runs from July through mid-August.

Photo: Susannah Chen

Tomatillos

Tomatillos [46] are in season from May to November, peaking in August.

Source: Flickr user Maggie Hoffman [47]

Tomatoes

From rainbow-hued heirloom varietals [48] to juicy Early Girls [49] to the tiniest grape and cherry versions, tomato season is surprisingly long. Smaller varieties can come to harvest as early as April (but more typically around June) and last till November; larger tomatoes are available through the peak Summer and mid-Fall months.

Source: Shutterstock [50]


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