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Why can I buy seasonal produce year round?

 

Q. Hello, would you please clarify what are seasonable fruits and vegetables? For example, strawberry is a summer fruit, but I can by them during all year.

 

A. Fresh fruits and vegetables are available year-round due to different growing regions in the United States, greenhouses, and imports. Many of the extreme southern areas of the US are for the most part able to grow vegetables, either in the ground or in greenhouses, year-round. The US also receives vegetables from other countries to help supplement when vegetables are not able to be grown in the country. But, if you were to grow your own strawberries, they would be ready for picking early summer; therefore strawberries are a summer fruit. Check out the seasonality of produce for different climates in Fruit + Veggies Connection; Fall 2014, Issue 3.

 
 
 
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