Seasonal Fruit & Vegetables Infographics > Know When to Grow and Buy Fresh Fruit, Vegetables and Herbs According to Time of Year

Choosing high quality produce that is fresh and in season takes a bit of self-education. In today’s world, all types of fruit, vegetables and herbs are available year round at local grocers and large supermarkets. From genetically modified produce to streamlined agriculture and shipping methods, consumers have gotten a false sense of reality about what fresh seasonal fruit and vegetables are. Here are a couple of seasonal fruit and vegetables infographics that will tell you when produce is in season:


So when are herbs, vegetables and fruits in season? When should you grow certain types of produce? Why do certain veggies and fruit cost so much more during different seasons? As mentioned above, in today’s world, we can purchase vegetables and fruits any time of year. However, we know that these fruits and veggies are not ‘fresh’. They’ve been picked long before they’ve ripened or are ready for human consumption, then they are packaged and shipped globally before landing in a storage facility at your local supermarket. The environmental impact and carbon footprint is substantial.


Therefore, if you buy your fruits and vegetables by the season, there is a better chance that your produce will be much cheaper, fresher and tastier! That’s why most of the top restaurants in the world will change their menu according to seasonal fruit and vegetables (and herbs), so that their food can taste the best that they can. Another easy way to tell if your fruits and vegetables are in season is by visiting your local produce market and co-op farmers market. They can’t sell anything that’s not fresh, because you’ll know it!


When are Fruits in Season? Check Out This Awesome Seasonal Fruit Infographic!

This fruit infographic will tell you what fruits are usually in season at what time of year. YEAR ROUND fruits that are fresh include citrus fruits, bananas and passion fruit. Seasonal SUMMER FRUITS include tomatoes, rhubarb, watermelon, mango, papaya (papaw), grapes, figs and apples. AUTUMN FRUITS that are fresh during the fall and in season include pears, pomegranates, persimmons, cranberries, and coconut. WINTER FRUITS include dates, pineapples, kiwi fruit, guava and kumquats. Last but not least, seasonal SPRING FRUITS include plums, peaches, melons, cherries, berries, avocadoes and dewberries. Buying fruits in season will not only save you money, but will also give you tastier, healthier and more nutritious options.


Seasonal fruit infographic - when to buy seasonal fruits


When are Vegetables in Season? Look at This Amazing Seasonal Vegetables Infographic!

So when are vegetable seasons? This infographic will outline when veggies are in season and ripe for purchase at the local grocery store or farmer’s market. YEAR ROUND seasonal vegetables include some surprising ones: beets, celery, fennel, ginger, onions, spinach, broccolini, chard, garlic, greens, potatoes and various types of sprouts. Seasonal SUMMER VEGETABLES include corn (non-GMO), eggplant, bell peppers and okra. FALL/AUTUMN VEGGIES seasonal include broccoli, cauliflower, cabbage, kale, daikon, parsnip, squash, pumpkin and sweet potatoes. Contrary to popular belief, there are also some awesome WINTER VEGETABLES that are in season during the cold period that include: leeks, rutabaga, turnips, chicory, carrots and celery root. SPRING VEGETABLES in season produce include new potatoes, mushrooms, green beans, pea, snap peas, cucumber, zucchini, chives, ramps, asparagus and artichokes. Buying vegetables in season will not only save you money, but will also give you tastier, healthier and more nutritious options.


Seasonal vegetables infographic - when to buy seasonal veggies


When are Herbs in Season? Yes, that’s right, even herbs have seasonal growing patters so check out this educational Seasonal Herb Infographic!

Many of us don’t know that herbs are also grown seasonally. In season herbs will give you the best of all worlds when it comes to nutrients, taste and price. So when are herbs in season? Check it out here. YEAR ROUND HERBS in season all the time include savory, rosemary, parsley, fennel, capers and bay leaves. SUMMER HERBS seasonally grown include mace, nutmeg, marjoram, oregano, turmeric and lavender. Seasonal AUTUMN HERBS grown and fresh during the Fall season include fenugreek, lemongrass, cardamom and cloves. Unfortunately, there are no WINTER ONLY seasonal herbs (except for the ones that are grown year round as listed above). SPRING HERBS in season include angelica, anise, arugula, sorrel, basil, mint, caraway, cumin, catnip, chamomile, sage, cilantro, coriander, chervil, dill, thyme and tarragon. Buying in season herbs seasonally will not only save you money, but will also give you tastier, healthier and more nutritious options.


Seasonal herb infographic - when to buy seasonal herbs


A Guide to Seasonal Fruits & Vegetables > The Bountiful Year

If the above isn’t enough information, check out this seasonal fruit and vegetables infographic that is designed to be printed out to hang on your kitchen fridge or to be brought with you to your local market when grocery shopping. Nothing tastes better than eating fruits and vegetables at the peak of their growing season. But how can you keep track of what’s vegetables and fruits are in season? The below infographic shows when various foods should be harvested and likely available in your local market. By picking seasonal fruits and vegetables, you are getting the most nutritious, cheapest and tastiest produce throughout the year. For this summer, try to pick up fresh raspberries, strawberries, pomegranates, peaches, cucumbers, basil, lemons, grapes and figs to name a few summer seasonal fruits, vegetables and herbs.


when to buy vegetables and fruits when they are in season and fresh

RECIPE > Avocado Dill Dip Recipe

Spring is in the air! When spring comes along, we at Just Add Good Stuff just love the smell of dill and other herbs! In addition, it’s the perfect time for avocados … we mean really ripe and organic avocados from the local grocers.

Combining the two ingredients, organic dill and organic avocados, makes for a great Spring dip or spread. Whether you are hosting a lunch/dinner party or just relaxing outside with a book, try the avocado dill dip and spread for a healthy alternative to packaged dips. As you can see, ALL INGREDIENTS are completely RAW and ORGANIC. This easy-to-make and easy-to-follow AVOCADO DILL DIP RECIPE will only take you 10 minutes or less to prepare. And once you’ve tasted this avocado dill combination, you won’t want anything else!

Check out the avocado dill dip recipe below in addition to some top avocado health benefits and dill health benefits below for your perfect Spring snack that is both nutritional as well as filling!


Avocado Dill Dip and Spread


Avocado Dill Dip Recipe

If you are looking for a quick and dirty recipe for an Avocado Dill Dip or Spread, here it is! This Avocado Dill recipe is enough for 2 to 4 people with organic crackers or gluten free bread. Can be used as a dip or a spread, whichever you like!

Please share with your friends and family!

Servings: 1 medium sized bowl
Preparation Time: 10 minutes (or less)

Here are the ingredients for the Avocado Dill Dip Recipe:

2 Avocados (overly ripe and organic if possible)
½ cup Lemon Juice (preferable freshly squeezed organic lemons)
¼ cup Dill (preferably fresh organic dill)
1 tsp Garlic (organic and minced)
1 tsp Agave (raw and organic … plus, this is optional!)
½ tsp Salt (unprocessed)

Here are the preparation directions for our favourite Avocado Dill Dip Recipe:

Step 1: Get your food processor out and plugged in
Step 2: Wash all of your ingredients
Step 3: Get the avocado meat out (see below section: The BEST WAY to Peel an Avocado > Avocado Preparation guide)
Step 4: Add the lemon juice into your food processor
Step 5: Add the dill (no need to chop it … but take the stems off)
Step 6: Add the finely minced garlic
Step 7: Add the agave syrup (if you want … no need to add agave)
Step 8: Add a pinch of salt
Step 9: Blend using your food processor for about 30 to 50 seconds
Step 10: Serve with crackers and/or bread
Step 11: Enjoy and share with your friends and family


Avocado Dill spread is healthy and easy to prepare with this recipe


Health benefits of avocado and dill




The BEST WAY to Peel an Avocado > Avocado Preparation

It is vital that you learn how to prepare an Avocado via the best way to peel an avocado for your avocado dill dip recipe. A recent UCLA research team showed that in California organic avocados, the greatest concentration of beneficial carotenoids is in the dark green fruit of the avocado closest to the peel. Therefore, it is essential to learn how to prepare an Avocado the right way. To preserve the area with the greatest concentration of antioxidants, you basically want to peel the avocado with your hands, as you would a banana. The BEST WAY to Peel an Avocado in avocado preparation is as follows!

Step 1: First, cut the avocado length-wise, around the seed
Step 2: Holding each half, twist them in the opposite directions to separate them from the seed
Step 3: Remove the seed
Step 4: Cut each half, lengthwise
Step 5: Next, using your thumb and index finger, simply peel the skin off each piece

By following the above best way to peel an avocado, you can ensure the greatest concentration of antioxidant and nutrient levels in your avocado dill recipe.


Avocado Dill Health Benefits

Eating raw and organic avocados, dill and lemons have great health benefits and lots of nutritional value. The key here is that all ingredients are completely RAW and ORGANIC so that they retain all of their nutritional benefits and ultimately their health benefits. Here are some of the most notable benefits for each of the main ingredients in this avocado dill dip recipe.


Organic Dill Health Benefits

The health benefits of dill are well documented and tested. Here are our top 8 dill health benefits that you should be aware of: sleep aid, calming effect, bone health, anti-bacterial herb, fights free radicals and digestive benefits. In addition, other health benefits of dill include the treatment of headaches/migraines in addition to hiccups! Bet you didn’t know that!


Organic Avocado Health Benefits

The health benefits of avocados are also well documented and far reaching when it comes to personal health, nutrition and well being. Here are some of our favourite avocado health benefits in no particular order (there are many more, which we will write about in a separate article): lower cholesterol levels, assist in a healthy heart and circulatory system, control blood pressure (lowers stress) and features anti-inflammatory properties. In addition, the avocado health benefits also include promoting eye health, regulating blood sugar levels (important for diabetics), preventing birth defects and reducing the risk of strokes. Other great organic avocado health benefits include its use in skin care (treatment for psoriasis) in addition to increase in nutritional absorption during meals and a cure for bad breath! Bet you didn’t know this one either!


Organic Lemon Health Benefits

Just Add Good Stuff touched upon some health benefits of lemons in our blog post: WAKE UP AND DRINK THIS! Here are a few more health benefits of lemons that most people don’t know about: lemons can assist in abolishing acne, cure bad breath, help anxiety (lowers stress levels and decrease fatigue), treat canker sores and mouth sores. In addition, other organic lemon health benefits include treating fevers/migraines, treating the common cold or flu, treatment of eczema and healing hypertension. These are in addition to the lemon health benefit that we all know and hear about: balancing our body’s pH levels.