The growing period of fruits and vegetables does not correspond perfectly to the four seasons. It depends on the region, the weather conditions, and also on the market.
In general, in the period around Spring, we have early vegetables, such as asparagus and radishes in early March, turnips in mid-March, strawberries, potatoes, and leeks in April, onions, carrots, peas, and beans in May. Spring is the time for picnics.
Then, between June and September, It is the time of fruits and vegetables ripened in the sun and open-air meals.
From September to December, the days get shorter, and the cold starts to show. The landscape changes, from the colors of autumn to the leafless trees of winter. We enjoy the abundant autumn harvest during the season’s holidays.
Finally, from January to March is the hardest part of winter, the cold of January and February, with the promise of a new cycle of seasons. But still we can enjoy tasty plant-based food of the season.
What’s in season in December?
For your ease of use, here is a list of what is in season in December in the Paris area where we are based at Day by day Plants.
Clementine – Grapefruit – Lemon – Orange
Beetroot – Carrot – Cauliflower – Crosnes – Celery – Celery root – Endive – Kale – Lamb’s lettuce – Leek – Parsnip – Radicchio – Watercress
Laurel – Rosemary – Sage – Thyme
Long-lasting fruit and vegetables
Apple – Garlic – Onion – Pear – Potato – Shallot – Squash – Walnut
We buy fruit and vegetables in season and local as much as possible. Citrus fruit does not grow in this zone, so we have the choice among organic clementines, oranges, and mandarin from Corsica, Spain, and Italy.
🍅Tomato in December?
Tomato is a warm-season crop, usually growing as Summer annuals. It does not grow in Winter unless it is cultivated in heated greenhouses. You can try and grow tomato indoors, but the fruit will be tiny.
So, what about organic tomato in Winter? Growing tomato in heated greenhouses in Winter is not environmentally correct. Organic or conventional, their growing season is the same: Summer.
In Winter, let’s enjoy tomato sauces!
Why should we eat fruit and vegetables in season?
There are plenty of advantages from choosing in season and as far as possible locally grown fruit and vegetables:
- they have a better taste
- they are more environmental-friendly
- they are cheaper
And let me add the pleasure of appreciating what is available at present, waiting for what you will be enjoying a few months later.
What fruit and vegetables are available now where you live? What kind of plants are grown locally? What is in season now? Wherever you are, the answer to all these questions will help you to choose for a more sustainable lifestyle.
When you go to the grocery store you find an abundance of vegetal products coming from almost all over the world. Before going, make sure to prepare a list of what is produced as close as possible to where you live. Also, inform you on what is in season and try to limit your buys to it. You will have a lighter environmental footprint than if you bought exotic fruit, while enjoying the flavors of the season.
If you want to know what is in season right now where you live, you can search the Internet where you will find many awesome produce calendars. Or, even better, ask a local producer. You can also subscribe to a local community and have an organic vegetable basket delivered to you every week. This system, called Community Supported Agriculture (CSA) and Association pour le Maintien de l’Agriculture Paysanne (AMAP) in France, connects the producer and consumers, providing certified organic foods and supporting local farmers.
So, let’s enjoy the season and its incredible variety of cabbages, pumpkins, and much more!
Last updated on 26th of December 2020.
You might think that in winter there are few vegetables in season. Instead, this season is full of colorful, nutritious, and healthy fruits and vegetables for you to enjoy!