Why You Should Buy Seasonally—and Which Produce Is Best in May

Why does it mean to shop in season?

The Seasonal Food Guide explains, "[seasonal] food is produce that is purchased and consumed around the time that it is harvested." This produce tastes better and is more nutritious, as it's picked at its peak, when it's full of nutrients and vitamins, according to Deliciously Plated. Seasonal produce is often better for the environment because it does not use as much carbon to transport as out-of-season produce that must travel long distances. It's better when you can buy from your local farmers, as it boosts your local economy, saves package waste, greatly reduces environmental impact and supports small businesses.

Want to participate? Below is some produce that is in season in May. And if you want to see what food is season-specific to your area, you can select a state, month and produce, and it will tell you which fruit and vegetables are in season on the Seasonal Food Guide website.

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This delicious fruit is very hydrating and full of essential vitamins. Apricot season lasts from May until August.

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Avocados are rich in potassium and fiber. The season for our favorite companion to toast and tortilla chips lasts from April until August.

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Fresh herbs add delicious flavors and extra nutritional benefits to your meals. Warm weather herbs like rosemary, thyme, basil and oregano thrive in heat of late spring and summer.

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Cherries are an antioxidant powerhouse and a natural source of melatonin, which can help you fall asleep. Cherry season varies in different areas, but in general, it starts in May and ends in August.

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Asparagus contains vitamin E and vitamin K, which are two important vitamins for our health. Asparagus is in season from May through August.

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This sweet summer favorite is a great source of magnesium and can improve digestion due to its digestive enzyme called amylases. The best season for mangoes starts in May and lasts until September.

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Strawberries are a great source of folate and have more vitamin C than oranges per serving! Peak strawberry season begins in April and ends in June.

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There is more classic summer produce that will be in season in the next few months. You can look forward to blueberries, raspberries, honeydew melon and plums!


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