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Infographic: An Easy To Digest Guide To Seasonal Fruits And Veggies

No more rock-hard plums, EVER!

Fruits and vegetables taste better when they’re in season. Anyone who has bitten into a rock-hard plum knows this. But unless you’re a professional chef, chances are you don’t know what grows when, especially since grocery stores are all too happy to line their bins with off-season produce year-round (and line their pockets with a different kind of green stuff).

So here’s a handy guide that shows exactly when to eat what. Designed by Column Five Media, it isn’t the first produce cheat sheet we’ve come across, but it’s certainly the easiest to digest. (Remember how we suggested that the previous chart just be a Gantt chart? Here you go.) Information is arranged into a Gantt chart, with the seasons spread across the horizontal axis and fruits and vegetables running vertical. A solid bar tells you when something is available and in season; a shaded bar tells you when it’s available, but not in season. Easy-peasy, right?

One drawback: The infographic represents growing seasons in the Western United States only, so if you live in New York or North Dakota, you’d be wise to get your information elsewhere. I’d love to see an interactive version that lets you select your own region, then virtually flip through the produce as you shop. Who wants to whip up an iPad app? Anyone?

[H/t Visual News]

[Image: Maks Narodenko/Shutterstock]

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  • TIchikawa

    Why alphabetically ordered? I would love to see them clustered by seasons. I know what season I'm in so it would make the information more relevant to me now.

  • John Spritz

    I live in Maine, about as geographically distant as possible from where most of these items are grown.  But nonetheless, our local supermarket, a Hannaford, way up here in Maine, has most of these items year-round.  Why?  Well, it's a convergence of the international food-supply-chain, with items being shipped from Indonesia and Mexico and Israel and you-name-it, along with round-the-clock trucking.  And add to that upper-middle-class demand.  So, to be honest, a chart like this is cute, but not really valid.  Most people will buiy and eat strawberries 12 months a year, even if they only "taste" like strawberries ('cause they're local) 6 weeks a year.  

  • edgargonzalezcom

    C´mon can do better than this... I do not think that the info is not interesting, but the design.......  o_O

    Design is an essential part of an ifographic, otherwise is just a chart.

  • Grace McNamee Decker

    It's depressing that most Americans are so far removed from nature that a chart like this is even necessary.
    And "Western United States" is a bit of a stretch-- better to say California. Most of the Western US isn't harvesting kale all year, or tomatoes in June.

  • sfarq

    If you live in the Midwest, the State of Michigan has a similar (but not as pretty) chart on their website. Enjoy!

  • Zhenvision

    Awesome! Taoism also tells people to only eat the seasonal food otherwise the balance of your health will be easily broken, same idea also apply to food temperature, people really should drink hot tea in summer and eat frozen dessert in winter which is almost opposite to what people do today...

  • Mark Rojas

    Very Nice and handy, I almost wish there were a poster size one to place in a kitchen or post on a fridge.