Monday, 17 June 2019
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Israel's Seasonal Fruits & Vegetables.

What fruits and vegetables are in season? A monthly produce guide of seasonal fruits and vegetables in Israel.

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Not only a country "flowing with milk and honey" (as written in the bible)  there in an abundance of fresh fruit and vegetables grown locally in Israel.  Israel exports more than $2 billion worth of fresh produce around the world - Jaffa oranges, seedless watermelons and small cucumbers (great for pickling) are just a few Israeli seasonal fruits and vegetables that are well renowned.

The cheapest fruit in peak season

Some produce in your local shuk (market) and supermarket (where you can purchase online), is available all year round but each variety has its season when the flavors are at their peak.  As soon the peak season draws to an end, the price of the produce will begin to rise; when bananas are in peak season, for example, the shuk price is around 5NIS/kg - as the season draws to an end around May/June, the price shoots up to around 12NIS/kg.  Most fresh herbs are available all year round.

Kosher fruit and vegetables

There are specific laws regarding kosher fruits and vegetables called 'orlah' where fruits are not harvested during the first 3 years.  Supermarkets generally do not follow this practice and if it is part of your belief and important to you, then you will need to purchase your fruits and vegetables form another certified source.

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Winter

Seasonal fruits and vegetables for January

Fruits:

Anona (cherimoya), apples,  Asian pears, avocado, bananas, cherry tomatoes, chestnuts, clementines, dates, grapefruit, Kiwi fruit, kumkwats (Chinese oranges), lemons, oranges, pears, persimmons, pine-apples, pomegranates, pomelo, pomelit,  quinces, strawberries, tomatoes

Vegetables:

Beets, broccoli, butternut, cauliflower, cabbage, carrots, Chinese cabbage, chicory, corn, courgettes, cucumbers, eggplant, fennel, garlic, Jerusalem artichoke, kale, kohlrabi, leeks, lettuce, mushrooms, onions, potatoes, pumpkin, radish, runner beans, sweet peppers, sweet potatoes (batata), Swiss chard (mangold), turnips

Seasonal fruits and vegetables for February

Fruits:

Anona (cherimoya), apples,  Asian pears, avocado, bananas, cherry tomatoes of all colours, chestnuts, clementines, dates, grapefruit, Kiwi fruit, kumkwats (Chinese oranges), lemons, oranges, papaya, pears, persimmons, pine-apples, pomegranates, pomelo, pomelit,  quinces, strawberries, tomatoes

Vegetables:

Artichokes, beets, black radish, broccoli, butternut, cauliflower, cabbage, carrots, Chinese cabbage, chicory, coconut, corn, courgettes, cucumbers, eggplant, fennel, garlic, grapes, Jerusalem artichoke, kale, kohlrabi, leeks, lettuce, mushrooms, onions, potatoes, pumpkin varieties, radish, runner beans, sweet peppers, sweet potatoes (batata), swiss chard (mangold), turnips

Seasonal fruits and vegetables for March

Fruits:

Apples, avocado, bananas, cherry tomatoes of all colours, clementines, dates, grapefruit, Kiwi fruit, kumkwats (Chinese organges), lemons, oranges, papaya, pears, persimmons, pine-apples, pomegranates, pomelo, pomelit,  quinces, strawberries, tomatoes

Vegetables:

Artichokes, beets, broccoli, butternut, cauliflower, cabbage, carrots, Chinese cabbage, chicory, coconut, corn, courgettes, cucumbers, eggplant, fennel, garlic, Jerusalem artichoke, kale, kohlrabi, leeks, lettuce, mushrooms, onions, potatoes, pumpkin varieties, radish, runner beans, sweet peppers, sweet potatoes (batata), Swiss chard (mangold), turnips

Spring

Seasonal fruits and vegetables for April

Fruits:

Apples, avocados, bananas, butternut, cherry tomatoes, grapes, grapefruit, kiwi, lemons, loquats, mandarins (clementines), melons, oranges, passion fruit (granadillas), pears, strawberries, tomatoes, watermelon,

Vegetables:

Artichokes, beets, broccoli, cauliflower, cabbage, carrots, corn, cucumbers, eggplant, fennel, garlic (peak season), kohlrabi, lettuce, mushrooms, onions, potatoes, pumpkin, turnips, sweet peppers, sweet potatoes (batata), Swiss chard (mangold)

Seasonal fruits and vegetables for May

Fruits:

Apples, apricots, avocados, bananas, butternut, cherry tomatoes, cherries, grapes, grapefruit, kiwi, lemons, loquats, mandarins (clementines), melons, oranges, papaya, passion fruit (granadillas), peaches, pears, nectarines, sabras (prickly pears), strawberries, tomatoes, watermelon

Vegetables:

Artichokes, beets, broccoli, cauliflower, cabbage, carrots, corn, cucumbers, eggplant, fennel, garlic, kohlrabi, lettuce, mushrooms, onions, potatoes, pumpkin, sweet peppers, sweet potatoes (batata), Swiss chard (mangold)

Summer

Seasonal fruits and vegetables for June

Fruits:

Apples, apricots, bananas, cherry tomatoes, cherries, grapes (green), lemons, melons, oranges, peaches, pineapple, plums, nectarines, strawberries, tomatoes, watermelon

Vegetables:

Artichokes, asparagus, beets, broccoli, butternut, cauliflower, cabbage, carrots, corn, cucumbers, eggplant, fennel, garlic, kohlrabi, lettuce, onions, mushrooms, potatoes, pumpkin, sweet peppers, sweet potatoes (batata), Swiss chard (mangold)

Seasonal fruits and vegetables for July

Fruits: 

Apples,  bananas, cherry tomatoes, cherries, grapes (black & green), lemons, lychees, mangoes, melons, peaches, pears, plums, prickly pears (sabras), nectarines,  tomatoes, watermelon

Vegetables:

Artichokes, beets, broccoli, butternut, cauliflower, cabbage, carrots, corn, cucumbers, eggplant, fennel, garlic, kohlrabi, lettuce, mushrooms, onions, potatoes, pumpkin, runner beans, sweet peppers, sweet potatoes (batata), Swiss chard (mangold)

Seasonal fruits and vegetables for August

Fruits:

Apples,  avocados, bananas, cherry tomatoes, grapes (black & green), lemons, lychees, mangoes, melons, peaches, pears, plums, prickly pears (sabras), nectarines,  tomatoes, watermelon

Vegetables:

Beets, broccoli, butternut, cauliflower, cabbage, carrots, corn, cucumbers, eggplant, fennel, garlic, kohlrabi, lettuce, mushrooms, onions, potatoes, pumpkin, runner beans, sweet peppers, sweet potatoes (batata), Swiss chard (mangold)

Seasonal fruits and vegetables for September

Fruits:

Apples,  bananas, cherry tomatoes, dates, grapes (black & green), lemons, lychees, mangoes, melons, peaches, pears, pine-apples, plums, pomegranates, prickly pears (sabras), nectarines,  tomatoes, watermelon

Vegetables:

Beets, broccoli, butternut, cauliflower, cabbage, carrots, courgettes, cucumbers, eggplant, garlic, kohlrabi, lettuce, mushrooms, onions, potatoes, pumpkin, runner beans, sweet peppers, sweet potatoes (batata), Swiss chard (mangold)

With a huge variety of tropical fruit available between September and October, it is the best time of year to make a tropical fruit salad.

Autumn

Seasonal fruits and vegetables for October

Fruits:

Anona (cherimoya), apples,  Asian pears, avocado, bananas, carambola (star fruit), cherry tomatoes, clementines, dates, guavas, grapefruit, grapes, Kiwi fruit,  lemons,  limes, mangoes, melons, oranges, papaya, peaches, persimmons, pine-apples, pears, plums, pomegranates, pomelo, prickly pears (sabras), nectarines,  quinces, tomatoes, watermelon

Vegetables:

Beets, broccoli, butternut, cauliflower, cabbage, carrots, corn, courgettes, cucumbers, eggplant, fennel, garlic, Jerusalem artichoke, kohlrabi, leeks, lettuce, mushrooms, onions, potatoes, pumpkin, runner beans, sweet peppers, sweet potatoes (batata), Swiss chard (mangold)

Seasonal fruits and vegetables for November

Fruits:

Anona (cherimoya), apples,  Asian pears, avocado, bananas, cherry tomatoes, clementines, dates, guavas, grapefruit, grapes, Kiwi fruit, lemons, limes, mangoes, melons, oranges, papaya, peaches, pears, persimmons, pine-apples, pomegranates, pomelo, prickly pears (sabras), nectarines,  quinces, strawberries, tomatoes

Vegetables:

Beets, broccoli, butternut, cauliflower, cabbage, carrots, Chines cabbage, chicory, corn, courgettes, cucumbers, eggplant, fennel, garlic, Jerusalem artichoke, kale, kohlrabi, leeks, lettuce, mushrooms, onions, potatoes, pumpkin, radish, runner beans, sweet peppers, sweet potatoes (batata), Swiss chard (mangold)

Seasonal fruits and vegetables for December

Fruits:

Anona (cherimoya), apples,  Asian pears, avocado, bananas, cherry tomatoes, chestnuts, clementines, coconuts, dates, guavas, grapefruit, Kiwi fruit, kumkwats (Chinese oranges), lemons, oranges, pears, persimmons, pine-apples, pomegranates, pomelo, pomelit, prickly pears (sabras), nectarines,  quinces, strawberries, tomatoes

Vegetables:

Beets, broccoli, butternut, cauliflower, cabbage, carrots, Chinese cabbage, chicory, corn, courgettes, cucumbers, eggplant, fennel, garlic, Jerusalem artichoke, kale, kohlrabi, leeks, lettuce, mushrooms, onions, potatoes, pumpkin, radish, runner beans, sweet peppers, sweet potatoes (batata), Swiss chard (mangold), turnips

Herbs all year round

Basil, celery, chives, coriander, dill, flat leaved parsley, leeks, marva, nana (mint), spring onions, sprouts, thyme

 

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