What Texas Fruits Are in Season Throughout the Year?

Written by Niccoy Walker
Updated: October 8, 2022
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Texas is the second-largest state in the country, with eight unique climactic zones, from hot desert to warm summer Mediterranean. With this many growing conditions across its 268,581 square miles, you will find an overabundance of fresh seasonal fruit. Let’s break down what Texas fruits are in season for each month, what fruits are native to the state, and the best farmer’s markets in the region.

Why Should You Eat In-Season Fruit?

  1. It tastes better – Fruit harvested at the right time is sweeter and has much more flavor.
  2. It saves you money – Farmers harvest more when the fruit is in season, which drives down the price.
  3. Higher nutritional value – Fresh, in-season fruit is fresher, with higher counts of anti-oxidants like vitamin C.
  4. It’s better for the environment – Eating fruit out of season decreases transportation, refrigeration, hot houses, and irradiation.

Native Fruits of Texas

Mustang Grapes

Mustang Grapes
Mustang grapes are in season from May through July.

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There are several grapes native to Texas, but the mustang grape is the most common. It’s incredibly tart and highly acidic. You will most likely find these in Eastern Texas in wooded areas. Look for large vines draping over fences and climbing up trees. Wear gloves when plucking this fruit because the acid can irritate your skin. Mustang grapes are in season from May through July, and you can use them to make jams, jellies, cobblers, and wine.

Agarita

Agarita
The agarita consists of red berries surrounded by sharp, pointy green leaves.

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This fruit consists of red berries surrounded by sharp, pointy green leaves, similar to holly. The berries are sweet and slightly tart and make a pleasantly sweet jelly. You can find these plants in Edward’s Plateau and the Trans-Pecos regions from May to early June. They grow under oak and elm trees, along fences, or at the edges of wooded areas. Picking this fruit can be difficult due to the prickly leaves.

Dewberry

Dewberries are wild blackberries and are technically members of the rose family.

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Dewberries are wild blackberries and are technically members of the rose family. You may see these berries in their different stages, from green to red to black, but they are sweetest in May when they are entirely black and ripe. They taste great picked from the vine, or you can take them home and make cobblers, pies, and jams. You can also create an excellent cobbler by combining dewberries and mustang grapes. Look for these wild berries in East and Central Texas coastal river valleys.

Prickly Pear

Opuntia Cactus
Prickly pear cacti produce edible pink fruits that taste like watermelon and bubblegum.

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Flat-stemmed spiny cacti produce pear-shaped pink edible fruits. The fruit portion has thick skin covered in spines, and you must take precautions when picking and eating them. Be sure to wear protective gear like gloves, long sleeves, and long pants. Many people use barbecue tongs to pull the fruit off of the cacti carefully. Prickly pear has an unusual flavor that resembles a tart, underripe strawberry. Some people have described it as a mix between watermelon and bubblegum. This fruit has gained popularity over the years, and you can now find it in syrup, candy, jellies, and juice. You can find these plants all over Texas, and they are ready to pick in late summer to fall. 

Western Mayhaw

western mayhaw
Mayhaw is a medium-sized tree, called a hawthorn, that produces a cranberry-like berry.

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Mayhaw is a medium-sized tree, called a hawthorn, that produces a cranberry-like berry. When ripe, they will simply fall off the tree, and pickers can just scoop them up. You will often find these plants in shallow water along rivers in East Texas near the Louisiana state line. Mayhaws are far too tart to eat straight from the tree, and many people use this fruit to make a delicious jelly. You can pick these from the ground in April and May. 

Chickasaw Plums

The most common plum in Texas is the Chickasaw plum.

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You will find wild plums all over Texas, and the most common is the Chickasaw plum which grows in thickets on East Texas prairies. This plum species are red, juicy, and sweet, and you can eat it off the tree. Or bring it home and make jams, jellies, pies, and wine. They are ripe from July through September.

Texas Persimmons

persimmons
Persimmons are shaped like tomatoes and contain high levels of tannin.

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The Texas persimmon is a small tree that produces black fruit shaped similarly to a tomato. Persimmons contain large amounts of tannin, a natural defensive compound that can make you sick if you ingest too much. Be sure to pick them when they are fully ripe during the fall. They are not mature until they start to look bad (wrinkled and soft). You can find these trees in Central and South Texas and use them to make puddings, bread, and jellies.

What Texas Fruits are in Season Each Month?

Use this handy guide to help you choose the best in-season fruit in Texas for every month.

January Through March

Grapefruit
Grapefruit is in season during fall and winter.

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  • Grapefruit
  • Oranges
  • Tangerines
  • Lemons
  • Limes
  • Squash (acorn, butternut, and spaghetti)

April

Strawberries
Strawberries are in season from April to June in Texas.

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May

peach
Peaches are in season from May to July in Texas.

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  • Peaches
  • Strawberries
  • Blackberries
  • Grapefruit
  • Blueberries
  • Plums
  • Cucumbers
  • Summer Squash
  • Butternut squash
  • Tomatoes
  • Tomatillos

June

bilberries vs blueberries
Blueberries are in season during spring and summer in Texas.

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  • Peaches
  • Strawberries
  • Blueberries
  • Plums
  • Melons
  • Watermelon
  • Squash (blossoms, butternut, zephyr, summer, zucchini, yellow)
  • Cucumbers
  • Sweet pepper
  • Hot peppers
  • Eggplants
  • Tomatoes
  • Blackberries
  • Tomatillos

July

watermelon
Watermelons are in season from June to September in Texas.

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  • Peaches
  • Melons (canteloupe, honeydew, and Korean)
  • Watermelon
  • Squash (summer, blossoms, butternut, acorn, spaghetti, delicata, yellow, zucchini, pattypan)
  • Cucumbers
  • Sweet peppers
  • Hot peppers
  • Eggplants
  • Tomatoes (cherry, Roma, grape, heirloom)
  • Tomatillos

August

red and green chili pepper
Peppers are in season from June to November in Texas.

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  • Persimmons
  • Figs
  • Melons (watermelon, cantaloupe, canary, Korean, honeydew)
  • Tomatoes
  • Squash (blossoms, butternut, acorn, spaghetti, delicata, yellow, zucchini, pattypan)
  • Cucumber
  • Sweet peppers
  • Hot peppers
  • Eggplant
  • Tomatoes (Juliet, chocolate, golden cherry, heirloom, red)
  • Peaches
  • Prickly pear
  • Tomatillos

September

Halved and a whole fig isolated on a white background
You can find in-season figs in late summer to early fall.

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  • Persimmons
  • Figs
  • Pears
  • Melons (watermelon, cantaloupe, canary, Korean, Spanish) 
  • Squash (butternut, spaghetti, delicate, acorn, yellow, zucchini)
  • Cucumbers
  • Sweet peppers
  • Hot peppers
  • Eggplants
  • Tomatoes
  • Prickly pear
  • Tomatillos

October

Pears are in season from September to October in Texas.

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  • Grapefruit
  • Oranges
  • Lemons
  • Limes
  • Persimmons
  • Pears
  • Apples
  • Pumpkins
  • Squash (zucchini, yellow, spaghetti, butternut, summer, delicate, acorn)
  • Cucumbers
  • Hot peppers
  • Sweet peppers
  • Eggplants
  • Tomatoes
  • Melons

November

pumpkin
Surprisingly, pumpkins are fruit. In Texas, they are in-season during the fall.

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  • Grapefruit
  • Oranges
  • Lemons
  • Limes
  • Apples
  • Pumpkins
  • Squash  (zucchini, yellow, spaghetti, butternut, acorn)
  • Cucumbers
  • Sweet peppers
  • Hot peppers
  • Eggplants
  • Tomatoes
  • Pecans
  • Pears
  • Persimmons

December

Apples
Strawberries are in season from October to December in Texas.

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  • Grapefruit
  • Oranges
  • Lemons
  • Limes
  • Apples
  • Pumpkins
  • Squash (spaghetti, butternut, acorn)
  • Pecans
  • Cucumbers

persimmons

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About the Author

Niccoy is a professional writer and content creator focusing on nature, wildlife, food, and travel. She graduated Kappa Beta Delta from Florida State College with a business degree before realizing writing was her true passion. She lives in the foothills of the Rocky Mountains and enjoys hiking, reading, and cooking!

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