Calendar of Vegetables: Understand the Seasonality of Food

The calendar of the vegetables you want to give to know the heights of the year, it must give preference to certain vegetables to the detriment of others.

It is necessary to understand the calendar of the vegetables to be able to make the right choices.

Eating foods within season allows you to not only benefit from the food more fresh and nutritious as also to promote local production and protect the environment, since these products do not have to travel great distances to get to the final destination: the plate.

What also benefits with the choice of food in the seasons to correct it is to your wallet, because the foods tend to have a better relationship between quality and price.

Get to know the calendar of the vegetables and discover the best vegetables that each month you offer to be able to prepare their soups and their recipes with a nutritional value that is appropriate.

CALENDAR OF VEGETABLES: THE MONTH-TO-MONTH

Each station and each month of the year has its own characteristics, and the same happens with the food that develop in specific periods.

Take this trip with us and get all your doubts regarding the vegetables that are typical of each season.

1. JANUARY

In January are many vegetables typical of this month and this time of year.

  • The vegetables most typical are: pumpkin, swiss chard, watercress, lettuce, beet, broccoli, onion, carrot, chicory, Brussels sprouts, cabbage, Portuguese cabbage, endívia, spinach, turnip greens, nabiças, turnip, radish, horseradish, cabbage, and arugula.

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  1. FEBRUARY

In February comes a novelty with respect to January, the asparagus.

  • The remaining vegetables are carried over to February: pumpkin, swiss chard, watercress, lettuce, beet, broccoli, onion, carrot, chicory, Brussels sprouts, cabbage, Portuguese cabbage, endívia, asparagus, spinach, turnip greens, nabiças, turnip, radish, horseradish, cabbage, and arugula.
  1. MARCH

Also in march only arrives a new vegetable, the peas.

  • Once more, the remaining vegetables are identical: pumpkin, swiss chard, watercress, lettuce, beet, broccoli, onion, carrot, chicory, Brussels sprouts, cabbage, Portuguese cabbage, endívia, peas, asparagus, spinach, turnip greens, nabiças, turnip, radish, horseradish, cabbage, and arugula.
  1. APRIL

April is the month with the most foods of the season in the calendar of the vegetables.

  • Part of this month: pumpkin, swiss chard, watercress, lettuce, potatoes, new, purslane, beet, broccoli, onion, onions, new carrots, chicory, Brussels sprouts, cabbage, Portuguese cabbage, peas, asparagus, spinach, broad beans, turnip greens, nabiças, turnip, radish, horseradish, cabbage, and arugula.
  1. MAY

It is from the spring that the months with fewer vegetables of the season. It is in May that many vegetables say good bye to the calendar of the national production.

  • The vegetables in the month of may are: pumpkin, swiss chard, lettuce, potatoes, new, purslane, beet, broccoli, onion, onions, new carrots, chicory, curgete, peas, spinach, broad beans, turnip greens, nabiças, turnip, cucumber, radish, and arugula.

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  1. JUNE

Again, most foods are no longer part of the food of the season compared with the previous month.

  • The seasonal vegetables are: swiss chard, lettuce, potatoes-new, purslane, eggplant, beet, broccoli, onion, onions, new carrots, chicory, chayote, curgete, green beans, cucumber, peppers, radish, arugula, tomato.
  1. JULY AND AUGUST

These are the months with fewer vegetables of the season, contrary to what happens with the calendar of the fruit, where July and August are the months with more of the fruit of the season.

  • In these months, the vegetables in season are: potato, new, purslane, eggplant, onion, carrot, chayote, curgete, green beans, cucumber, peppers, tomatoes.
  1. SEPTEMBER

In September begin to appear in the new vegetables in the calendar of the vegetables.

  • They are: pumpkin, potatoes-new, purslane, eggplant, onion, carrot, chayote, curgete, green beans, cucumber, peppers, tomatoes.
  1. OCTOBER

October is the month where there is more vegetables, being the options for hot soups each time more varied.

  • In October we have: pumpkin, swiss chard, watercress, lettuce, potatoes, new, purslane, eggplant, beet, broccoli, onion, carrot, chicory, chayote, curgete, Brussels sprouts, cabbage, Portuguese cabbage, spinach, turnip greens, nabiças, turnip, cucumber, chilli, radish, cabbage, arugula and tomato.
  1. NOVEMBER AND DECEMBER
  • Finally, in November and December there are: pumpkin, swiss chard, watercress, lettuce, potatoes, new, purslane, beet, broccoli, onion, carrot, chicory, Brussels sprouts, cabbage, Portuguese cabbage, endives, spinach, turnip greens, nabiças, turnip, cucumber (only November), pepper, radish, cabbage, and arugula.

The calendar of the vegetables presented here was based on the Calendar of the National Production of the book “Intelligent Eating habits – Eat better, save more”, produced in the framework of the National Programme for the Promotion of Healthy Eating.

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