We Finally Answer the Seasonal Question - What's Fresh and When?

Updated: Jul 25

Buying your food locally offers multi healthy and nature friendly advantages:

  • The fruits and vegetables won't travel thousands of km to end up in your plate,

  • The food will not be as chemically treated to optimize their preservation during travel

  • The locals will have more vitamins and nutrients to give.

So we made a list per month of the seasonal regional fruits, vegetables and salads you can find here in Germany as well as tips for you the smart consumer to ease your choice.


SPRING




March

  • Vegetables: Leeks, parsnip, mushroom.

  • Salads: lamb's lettuce, rocket, lettuce.

  • Fruits :(


April

  • Vegetables: Leeks, asparagus, spinach, spring onions, cucumbers, radishes, mushroom.

  • Salads: lamb’s lettuce, rocket, lettuce
.

  • Fruits: rhubarb


May

  • Vegetables: Cauliflower, broccoli, peas, kohlrabi, leek, radishes, radish, asparagus, spinach, (spring) onions, iceberg lettuce, endives, radicchio, arugula, fennel, cucumbers, carrots, celery, turnips, hispi cabbage, tomatoes, cabbage, mushroom.

  • Salads: lamb's lettuce, lettuce, romaine.

  • Fruits: strawberry, rhubarb, peach




SUMMER



June

  • Vegetables: Cauliflower, beans, broccoli, Chinese cabbage, peas, fennel, cucumbers, potatoes, kohlrabi, leek, radishes, beetroot, celery, asparagus, spinach, cabbage, spring onions, endives, radicchio, arugula, red cabbage, tomatoes, cabbage, savoy cabbage, courgettes, onions, mushroom.

  • Salads: lamb’s lettuce, romaine, iceberg lettuce, lettuce.

  • Fruits: peach, blueberry, strawberry, raspberry, currant, cherry, rhubarb, gooseberry


July

  • Vegetables: Cauliflower, beans, broccoli, Chinese cabbage, peas, fennel, cucumbers, potatoes, kohlrabi, carrots, leek, radish, radish, beetroot, red cabbage, celery, turnips, spinach, cabbage, cabbage, savoy cabbage, courgettes, (spring) onions, endives, radicchio, cucumbers, tomatoes, eggplant, mushroom
.

  • Salads: lamb’s lettuce, romaine, lettuce, iceberg lettuce, rocket.

  • Fruits: peach, nectarine, apricot, blueberry, blackberry, strawberry, raspberry, currant, cherry, mirabelle plum, plum, gooseberry.


August

  • Vegetables: Cauliflower, beans, broccoli, Chinese cabbage, peas, fennel, cucumbers, potatoes, kohlrabi, carrots, parsnips, leeks, radishes, beetroot, red cabbage, tubers & celery, turnips, spinach, hispi cabbage, swedes, Savoy cabbage, zucchini, sweetcorn, spring onions, endives, radicchio, cucumbers, tomatoes, eggplant, mushroom.

  • Salads: lamb’s lettuce, romaine, lettuce, iceberg lettuce, rocket.

  • Fruits: peach, nectarine, apple, apricot, pear, blueberry, blackberry, raspberry, currant, cherry, mirabelle plum, plum, gooseberry.




AUTUMN




September

  • Vegetables: Cauliflower, beans, broccoli, chinese cabbage, peas, fennel, kale, cucumbers, potatoes, kohlrabi, pumpkin, carrots, parsnips, mushrooms, leeks, radishes, brussels sprouts, beetroot, red cabbage, black salsify, celery, turnips, spinach, cabbage, swedes, white cabbage, savoy cabbage, courgettes, sweetcorn, (spring) onions, endives, radicchio, cucumbers, tomatoes, eggplant, parsnip, mushroom.

  • Salads: lamb’s lettuce, romaine, lettuce, iceberg lettuce, rocket.

  • Fruits: peach, nectarine, apple, pear, blueberry, blackberry, mirabelle plum, plum, quince.


October

  • Vegetables: Cauliflower, beans, broccoli, chinese cabbage, fennel, kale, potatoes, kohlrabi, pumpkin, carrots, mushrooms, parsnips, leeks, radishes, radish, Brussels sprouts, beetroot, red cabbage, black salsify, celery, turnips, spinach, hispi cabbage, white cabbage, savoy cabbage, courgettes, sweetcorn, spring onions, iceberg lettuce, endives, radicchio, cucumber, eggplant, parsnip, mushroom.

  • Salads: lamb’s lettuce, romaine, lettuce, iceberg lettuce, rocket.

  • Fruits: Apple, pear, quince.


November

  • Vegetables: chinese cabbage, kale, potatoes, fennel, pumpkin, carrots, parsnips, leeks, radish, brussels sprouts, beetroot, black salsify, celery, turnips, spinach, hispi cabbage, swedes, white cabbage, savoy cabbage, (spring) onions, endives, radicchio, kohlrabi

, parsnip, mushroom.

  • Salads: lamb’s lettuce, romaine, lettuce, iceberg lettuce, rocket.

  • Fruits: Apple, quince.




WINTER




December

  • Vegetables: kale, leek, brussels sprouts, Savoy cabbage, parsnip, mushroom
.

  • Salads: lamb’s lettuce, rocket.

  • Fruits :(


January

  • Vegetables: kale, leek, brussels sprouts, Savoy cabbage, corn salad, parsnip, mushroom.

  • Salads: lamb’s lettuce, rocket.

  • Fruits :(


February

  • Vegetables: kale, leek, brussels sprouts, Savoy cabbage, parsnip, mushroom.

  • lamb’s lettuce, rocket.

  • Fruits :(


TIPS AND TRICKS


If you are looking for a quick convenient fix because retaining all those information by heart seems like quite the challenge, and you do not want to spend so much of your time on the food selection process some alternatives exist:


At the supermarket




The most pragmatic one is to go to your supermarket and look for the Regional / Local Label in your fruits and vegetables section. In that case, no hassle, you just check and grab.



Subscription Boxes



You can even "automate" your decision making by subscribing to a local box subscription company. On the plus side, it is local and seasonal, usually bio guaranteed. For the practical downside the delivery hours are fixed per city district so you have to make sure to be at home during the specific day and time and you may not have always an exact say on what is in your basket. So check on the different companies as each have different policies for content, frequency and delivery.


Local Germany veg/fruits boxes companies delivering in Hessen:


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