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Use a seasonal chart to buy the freshest fruit

August 24, 2014

It's a common dilemma for cooks. Your fruit dishes are remarkable during some seasons and less impressive in others. Moreover, somehow the cost to cook those so-so meals is higher. What's going on, you ask? Well, the cost to buy out-of-season fruit is normally higher, sometimes by a hefty margin. For example, the United States Department of Agriculture's Economic Research Service reported that the price of strawberries in 2006 varied by as much as 40 cents per pint depending on the season. Not only are fruits more expensive in certain seasons, but they can also be less fresh because they're shipped from farther away.

Whether you're trying to purchase the freshest peaches for a delicious cobbler or attempting to take advantage of inexpensive grape prices, a seasonal fruit chart can be incredibly beneficial. You can design your own with a few tips and a little research.

Research your area and find the right source
Constructing a seasonal fruit chart takes a little time and patience mostly because seasonality is largely decided by region. For example, while plums in Northern California are considered in-season from May through November, according to the Center for Urban Education about Sustainable Agriculture, plums in North Carolina are only in season from June to August, according to the North Carolina Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services.

When you look up in-season fruits, research your particular region to get the best results, and make sure the source is reputable. This will give you a chance to select the best locally grown fruits at the right time.

Use resources already available
Then again, there are a flurry of helpful seasonal fruit charts already out there for the tech-savvy consumer. Business Insider published an article about some particularly useful seasonal fruit mobile phone applications that may help you find the best fruit in your region. According to the news source, the Seasons App for iPhone can be purchased for $1.99 from the iTunes store, and it has all of the information on seasonal fruits and veggies across the U.S., Canada and more. As an added bonus, Business Insider noted this application can also alert you about nearby farmers markets using data from the USDA. On the other hand, Android users can look up the Seasonal Food Fruits and Vegs app, which has received an average rating of 4.4 stars out of 5 after 135 reviews, according to Google.

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