T he last time that I went to visit my mom, I took Big Z to the local market to buy some fruits and vegetables. Shopping from the local market was almost a daily or alternate day activity at my mom’s (and still is) as against the various home delivery options or big supermarkets that we often take help from these days.

Taking Z there was quite nostalgic and I was recollecting and telling her how we would wait to see new seasonal fruits appear and replace those from the earlier season. Since mangoes were my favorite, I would wait for their appearance in summers. I also remember how lychees would replace the Alphonso variety of mangoes and grapes and oranges appearing on the carts in winters.

This made me think how due to better agricultural and storage practices, as well as easier import and availability of the same to consumers as well as an increase in supermarkets has somehow blurred the concept of seasonal fruits. Most fruits are available throughout the year. While it is alright sometimes to give in to a craving to consume something that is not seasonal, it is always best to consume only seasonal fruits. Along with tasting better and being cheaper, consuming seasonal fruits are more nutritious and don’t have the deficiencies caused by storing and preserving practices.

So, knowing the benefits of consuming seasonal fruits and vegetables gives us a good reason to start on the same if we haven’t been doing the same already. But there is a little catch to this i.e. knowledge of the seasonal produce.

Here is the list of seasonal fruits available in India, that I have complied based on conversing with some local fruit vendors and whole sellers as well as information available online. This may vary a bit from region to region within India too and the best person to verify the same would be an old local vendor since they generally have the knowledge. Also, pricing of the fruit is another indicator where the prices are lower when its season time as fruits are easily and abundantly available.

ber(Indian plum), grapes, guava, papaya, pear, pomegranate, strawberry, sweet lime
ber(Indian plum), chikoo, grapes, guava, muskmelon, orange, papaya, pear, pomegranate, strawberry
grapes, muskmelon, orange, pineapple, raw mango, strawberry
jackfruit, muskmelon, orange, pineapple, mango, strawberry, watermelon
jamun, jackfruit, lychee, muskmelon, mango, pineapple, watermelon
cherry, fig, lychee, mango, peach, plum
cherry, fig, lychee, mango, peach, plum
custard apple, peach, plum
custard apple, guava, papaya, pomegranate
custard apple, guava, papaya, pomegranate
custard apple, guava, orange, papaya, pear, pomegranate
grapes, guava, orange, papaya, pear, pomegranate, strawberry, sweet lime

As we know that fruits do have a lot of nutrients that help us stay healthy and protect against diseases, we can maximize these benefits by consuming fruits as per their season.

About Author

I am a stay at home mom, having worked in the software technology services space for over 10 years. In my professional life I used to enforce quality standards like CMMi & Six Sigma to make developers and testers jobs easier & process oriented.In my current stint I am using similar techniques coupled with age old wisdom from my mom and grand mom to make our living healthier and medicine free. To start any new stint it helps if you read and train and so I got myself a diploma in Naturopathy from Mumbai.

20 Comments

  1. I really miss Indian Fruits here! especially, custard apples and jamun! My kids are growing up without knowing these tastes… :(( Life as an NRI!!

    But we get to enjoy so many different types of dates and those weren’t available in India. We didn’t even know there were so many ways to enjoy them and at so many levels.

    Fantastic list. India is so rich in having so many varieties of fruits locally grown.

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  3. Mangoes are my favourite too and I like Pakistani mangoes the most, they taste sooo good! Can’t wait to have them in summer!

  4. I am really bad at getting my fruit intake….it’s not that I don’t like them…I just don’t always bother. Need to change that

    Love mangoes and strawberries.

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