What's in season

Some fruits and vegetables are less expensive when they are “in season” -- meaning they are just ripe from the fields. When the supply for a food like sweet corn in the summer, apples and squash in the fall is plentiful, the cost goes down.

In season is the best

A trip the local farmers' market will give you clues about what is in season in your area.  Produce in grocery stores is a less reliable indicator of food is in season because most fresh fruits and vegetables are available year-round.

Here are a couple of lists of seasonal fruits and vegetables.  The first one is based on Iowa and the other is a national list. 

When it comes to good nutrition, all forms of fruits and vegetables are nutritious -- fresh, frozen, canned, dried, and 100% juice.

  • Most frozen and canned foods are processed within hours of harvest, so their flavor and nutritional value are preserved.
  • Studies show that recipes prepared with canned foods had similar nutritional values to those prepared with fresh or frozen ingredients.
  • Frozen foods also require little preparation-washing and slicing is already done.
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