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Grown in the tropics, bananas are a good source of fiber, vitamin B6, and potassium—great as a snack for a mini energy boost.
Fresh Basil


This essential for Italian cooking and Asian stir-fries is commonly seen as green-leafed sweet basil but also comes in purple opal, pungent Thai, and scented varieties, like lemon or cinnamon.


Legumes are nutritional powerhouses that deliver tons of fiber and protein for pennies. Dried or canned, they make filling additions to salads and soups.
Sirloin Steak


An excellent source of protein and iron, beef is an all-American favorite, whether it’s a burger or filet mignon.


Beets’ jewel-like colors and sweet, earthy taste would be enough, but these root vegetables are also packed with nutrients, like vitamin C and folate.
Yellow, red, and green bell peppers

Bell Pepper

Bell peppers add fresh flavor and splashes of color to raw and cooked dishes. They’re also great sources of vitamins A and C.


Tart, sweet, and deeply flavorful, blackberries are the largest of all the wild berries. In the wild, they grow on thorny bushes called brambles—another common name for the berries themselves.


Sweet, juicy, antioxidant-rich blueberries are almost the exclusive preserve of North America—90 percent of them are grown here. Lucky us! 
Bok Choy

Bok Choy

A member of the cabbage family, mild and fresh-tasting bok choy is a staple of Asian cuisines. Rich in vitamins A and C and calcium, it cooks up in a flash, making it perfect for stir-fries. Tender baby bok choy—an immature bok choy plant with smaller, spoon-shaped leaves—is delicious raw.


Broccoli is a nutritional bonanza—potassium, vitamin C, antioxidants. It’s also versatile, at home on a crudité platter, tossed into stir-fries and quiches, or pureed into an elegant soup.
Broccoli Rabe

Broccoli Rabe

Also known as broccoli raab or rapini, broccoli rabe is only distantly related to broccoli. This rather bitter member of the cabbage family, which has long leafy stalks topped with small green florets, is often confused with broccolini, which looks similar but is a hybrid of broccoli and Chinese kale.
Brussels Sprouts

Brussels Sprouts

These often overlooked mini members of the cabbage family, with their slightly bitter, nutty taste, are packed with phytonutrients, vitamins C and A, and potassium.
Butternut squash

Butternut Squash

One of the most common winter squash, this foot-long, bell-shaped variety has thin, butterscotch-colored skin and sweet, nutty flesh.

what's in season

Fruits and vegetables at their peak right now.

  • Cherries
  • Watermelon
  • Zucchini
  • Peaches
  • Cucumber
  • Blueberries
  • Arugula
  • Sweet corn
  • Fiddlehead Ferns
  • Tomatoes
What's Fresh Near You

Find out what's in season in your area right now, then locate a farmers' market near you.

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