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American Peak Seasonal Food List -December


This peak seasonal list for the regional areas of America begins with the Northeast, followed by the South, the Midwest, the Southwest and finally the Western states. Even though other produce will be in season in your area, this list is compiled of ingredients that are at the peak of their season only.


Dormant States - Please note that during the winter months there are many states which become dormant, meaning that seasonal growth is extremely slow or has completely ceased due to the winter climate. In these cases, it will be necessary to rely on stored, frozen or canned goods until the Spring.


The Northeast – December


MAINE
Cranberries and winter squash.

MASSACHUSETTS
Dormant.

NEW HAMPSHIRE
Dormant.

MARYLAND
Sweet potatoes.

RHODE ISLAND
Brussels Sprouts, carrots, cauliflower, celery root, ginger, kale, leeks, mushrooms, scallions and winter squash.

CONNECTICUT
Apples, garlic, mushrooms, pears, potatoes, turnips and winter squash.

NEW YORK
Broccoli, cabbage, carrots, and winter squash.

VERMONT
Dormant.

PENNSYLVANIA
Beets, Brussels sprouts, cabbage, carrots, celery, potatoes, pumpkin, turnips and winter squash.

NEW JERSEY
Dormant.

DELAWARE
Cabbage, chestnuts, pumpkin, spinach, sweet potatoes, turnips.



The Southern States – December


ALABAMA
Collard greens, pecans, persimmons, rutabaga, turnip greens and winter squash.

ARKANSAS
Dormant.

FLORIDA
Avocados, cabbage, celery, grapefruit, lettuce oranges, radishes, star fruits, tangerines and tomatoes.

GEORGIA
Apples, beets, broccoli, Brussels sprouts, cabbage, carrots, collard greens, mushrooms, spinach and winter squash.

KENTUCKY
Dormant.

LOUISIANA
Beets, broccoli, cabbage, cauliflower, grapefruit, kumquats, Meyer lemons, oranges, Satsumas and turnips.

MISSISSIPPI
Pecans and turnip greens.

NORTH CAROLINA
Apples, cabbage, peanuts, pecans and sweet potatoes.

SOUTH CAROLINA
Apples, lettuces and sweet potatoes.

TENNESSEE
Dormant.

VIRGINIA
Spinach.

WEST VIRGINIA
Sweet potatoes and Swiss chard.



The Midwest – December


ILLINOIS
Dormant.

INDIANA
Dormant.

IOWA
Brussels sprouts, collard greens, garlic, kale, leeks, lettuces, onions, parsnips, spinach, turnips and winter squash.


KANSAS
Dormant.

MICHIGAN
Dormant.

MINNESOTA
Dormant.

MISSOURI
Broccoli, potatoes, spinach, sweet potatoes, turnips and winter squash.

NEBRASKA
Dormant.

NORTH DAKOTA
Cabbage.

OHIO
Broccoli, cabbage, cauliflower and collard greens.

SOUTH DAKOTA
Dormant.

WISCONSIN
Dormant.

American Regional Seasonal Produce
The Southwest – December


ARIZONA
Broccoli, cabbage, carrots, collard greens, grapefruit, kale, lemons, oranges and spinach.

NEW MEXICO
Dormant.

OKLAHOMA
Beets, Brussels sprouts, pecans and potatoes.

TEXAS
Broccoli, cauliflower, celery, grapefruit, mushrooms, oranges, peppers, spinach, sweet potatoes and turnips.


The Western States – November

(September through December you should see
Chestnuts in this region.)


ALASKA
Dormant – rely on storage items such as fruits and veggies.

CALIFORNIA
Beets, cabbage, carrots, guavas, kiwi, lemons, lettuce, mushrooms, oranges and scallions.

COLORADO
Apples, carrots, onions, potatoes and winter squash.

HAWAII
Avocados, burdock, hearts of palm, lettuce, limes, mushrooms, oranges, pumpkins, rambutans and tangerines.

IDAHO
Apples, onions, potatoes and winter squash.

MONTANA
Dormant.

NEVADA
Apples.

OREGON
Hazelnuts, potatoes, walnuts and winter squash.

UTAH
Dormant.

WASHINGTON
Apples, carrots, collard greens, garlic, kale, mushrooms, onions, pears, potatoes and winter squash.

WYOMING
Broccoli, cauliflower leeks, onions, potatoes, spinach, sweet potatoes and winter squash.
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