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Juicy summer fruit on sale in June

What's on sale in June?
Juicy summer fruit on sale in June

If you have a craving for juicy summer fruit, you're in luck.

June "really signals the start of the summer harvest," says James Parker, facility team leader for the global produce buying office of Whole Foods Market.

Look for great buys on peaches, plums, apricots and cherries, he says. "By June we're swimming in produce," Parker says.

Also hitting the stores this month are exotic varieties of traditional summer fruit -- like apriums and pluots (both hybrids of apricots and plums), and white peaches. "They're really wonderful, but the seasons tend to be really short on the early varieties," Parker says.

Peaches, plums, nectarines and apricots will likely run about $2 to $3 per pound in June for conventionally grown fruit and $3 to $4 per pound for organic, he says. And look for spot opportunities to get better prices.

June and July see "some of the best values of the year" for cherries, Parker says. Typically, prices will drop to around $5 per pound and stay there, he says. But look for spot bargains that are anywhere from $3 to $4 per pound throughout the month -- especially as Oregon and Washington state cherries join the California harvest, he says.


 

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