All kinds of farm produced crops, fruits, vegetables and similar such green food is generally referred to as produce that also includes root vegetables, oats, pulses, grains, and/or meat. The very term produce implies that the food products are fresh and available for sale or consumption in the same state of freshness, just as they would have been newly harvested. In grocery stores and supermarkets, produce is often referred to a particular section within the store that contains fruits and vegetables for sale.
Even though some kinds of fresh produce is available throughout the year, in some parts of the world, produce is usually the least expensive and at its best quality when in a particular season. Characteristic factors such as seasons of the year, prevailing climate and weather greatly influence the seasonality of any given produce.
In spring, fruit produce that is easily available and in great demand include strawberries, apricot and cherries, whereas vegetables such as sugar snap and snow peas, cabbages, baby spinach, lettuce, mustard greens, avocado, asparagus, rhubarb and artichoke are available in plenty during spring.
In summer, seasonal fruits include plums, peaches, apricots, blueberries and various kinds of melons. Vegetables that are easily available during summer include zucchini, tomatoes, cucumbers, beet greens, corn and eggplant.
Autumn specialities include pomegranates, grapes, cranberries, apples, pears and figs, whereas vegetables that are abundantly seen during autumn include root vegetables, various kinds of wild cabbage, pumpkins, butternut squash, peas and variants of corn.
During winter, fruits such as pomegranates and various kinds of citrus fruits are available in plenty, while winter vegetables such as Brussels sprouts, turnips, radishes, leeks etc. are seen during the season.
Some fresh produce such as spinach, onions and letters are available in some sub-tropical climates all-round the year.