The Best Fruits and Vegetables to Buy at Trader Joe's

Stock up on some of the best and most affordable produce.

Trader Joe’s is the mecca for so many items, but if we’re being candid, sometimes the produce department is lacking just a bit. In all fairness, there are plenty of factors as to why fruits and vegetables aren’t always at their freshest, and it’s not necessarily TJ’s fault.

However, before you scurry right past the produce section, you should definitely take advantage of some of the Trader Joe's selection, especially since prices are way more affordable, compared to other markets. No matter what you buy, just make sure to check for any mold or bruises. Those are signs of spoilage that indicate the produce is past its prime.

Keep reading for a list of the best fruits and vegetables to buy at Trader Joe's!


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Sumo Citrus

Sumo citrus oranges on a table, whole and sliced

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This variety of citrus may not be the most pleasing to the eye, but these oranges are perhaps some of the most delicious fruit you’ll ever have. Sumo citrus originated in Japan, and is a combination of satsuma and mandarin oranges. Aside from them being irresistibly sweet and juicy, sumo citrus fruits are always easy to peel, making them the perfect snack for kids and adults alike.

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Teeny Tiny Avocados

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Avocados are a fan favorite because they can be used in every type of meal, from breakfast to dinner. But they’re also one of the more expensive produce items, and have to be enjoyed at peak ripeness. If your family loves avocados, you must pick up a bag of TJ’s Teeny Tiny Avocados. They’re just the right size for a single-serving snack or meal, and you can’t beat the price of $3.99 for a bag of six!

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Pre-Chopped Mango

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On one hand, pre-chopped fruits and vegetables are great because they’re convenient. However, they also spoil much quicker and aren’t always the best quality. But that’s simply not the case with TJ’s pre-chopped mango. It’s always fresh and full of flavor, and is especially helpful when you don’t have time to meal prep during the week.

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Tri-Color Bell Peppers

Red, orange, and yellow bell peppers

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Whether you’re whipping up a salad or just need an easy, healthy snack, these Organic Tri-Color Bell Peppers are a great choice. And at less than $2 a pepper, they’re certainly a less expensive option. Grab some hummus, tzatziki, or any of your favorite dips to have a crunchy snack whenever you need it. You can also make these stuffed peppers for an easy weeknight meal.

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Shishito Peppers

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Shishito peppers aren’t usually easy to come by in traditional supermarkets, but you can always count on TJ's to have them stocked. They’re a great appetizer or side dish option because you can just sauté them in a pan with cooking oil until they’re blistered. Then, simply sprinkle on some flaky sea salt on top and add a squeeze of lemon.

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Baby Cauliflower

Small green, white, purple, and orange cauliflower florets

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If you’re obsessed with cauliflower (and these days, who isn’t?) you’re gonna want to grab a bag of these delicate and delicious baby cauliflowers. The florets are much smaller, and have a mild and nutty flavor to them. They’re ideal for a stir-fry or spring vegetable pasta dish, or you can just roast them up with a little bit of olive oil. The recipe options are truly endless.

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Fuyu Persimmons

Several persimmons arranged on a table

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If you haven’t experienced a persimmon in your lifetime, get over to Trader Joe’s immediately! They’re mildly sweet but full of flavor, and they’re a great addition to a salad with goat cheese and pomegranate seeds, or a crostini with Brie and chopped walnuts. Persimmons are another produce item that tends to be on the pricier side, so take advantage of them when they’re stocked at TJ's.

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