What's in Season in May

By Julie Wuellner and Harper Wayne
Updated on 21. Apr. 2021

As the month of May ushers in the start of summer, it brings lots of seasonal fruits and vegetables with it. Depending on where you are in the US you can find everything from plums and peaches to tomatoes, avocado, and even dandelions in season. Keep reading for EAT SMARTER's full list of what's in season in May across the US.

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Seasonal May Infographic

What’s in season in May? To help you keep track of all the delicious options, we’ll show you everything that’s in season in May here in the US. Since seasonality varies slightly from state to state, we did our best to list the fruits, veggies & herbs that are in season in most states during this time. We are also linked to lots of great recipes that you can make with each of the vegetables. 

If you’d like to learn more about the various fruits and vegetables, you can simply follow the links below to our ingredient articles where we’ve put together a comprehensive overview of health benefits, nutritional info, history, and uses for each ingredient. We’ve also put together infographics to highlight each ingredient’s benefits and drawbacks.


Arugula: Due to its high content of mustard oils, arugula has a very intense, tangy, and spicy taste. Arugula can have an antibiotic effect on your body, it boosts your immune system, and is particularly good for pregnant women. Adding arugula to your salad blends spices up your salad and gives you amazing health benefits. → all about arugula.

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Chard: Chard was an important part of the diet until the end of the 18th century when other greens like spinach largely replaced the vegetable, however, this leafy green still deserves a spot at our table today. Chard helps strengthen the immune system, make our bones stronger, and supports eye and skin health. → all about chard.

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Cress: Tasty and versatile, garden cress is a favorite for many. While it might be small (aka a micro-green) it packs quite a nutritional punch. It’s a great source of vitamins, is heart-healthy, supports a healthy thyroid, and is even said to be especially good for breastfeeding mothers. Try sprinkling it over sandwiches, salads, soups, or scrambled eggs. → all about cress.

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Kale: Kale is perhaps one of the most trendy leafy greens and is in fact very beneficial to incorporate into your diet. Kale is full of Vitamin C, dietary fiber, can help protect your cells, and even help support strong bones. Kale is amazing as a salad base or used as a cooked vegetable side.  → all about kale.

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Mache Lettuce: Mache Lettuce is one of the most popular types of lettuce in the US for good reasons. Not only is it incredibly versatile and delicious, but it’s also packed with powerful nutrients that can help support skin, eye health, and even blood formation. It has a strong, peppery flavor that goes well in salads, especially when paired with a balsamic or raspberry vinaigrette. → all about mache lettuce.

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Spinach: This leafy green comes packed with nutrients. Spinach contains high Vitamin A, Iron, oxalic acid, and helps strengthen your nerves with its magnesium contents. Spinach is a great side dish, an addition to your smoothies, or as a salad base. → all about spinach.

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