Oranges, pears, pomegranates, dates and kiwi are some fruits that are available during the winter, according to the Center for Urban Education about Sustainable Agriculture. The winter season includes the months of December, January and February, and winter fruits are fresh and harvested during these months. Other fruits are not considered in-season since they are not harvested during this time, but they are readily available in most markets.
Most types of citrus fruits mature in the fall. The sweetness of the fruit and quality of the juice are at their peaks in the winter months, making citrus some of the freshest fruit available during the winter season. In-season winter citrus fruits include lemons, limes, mandarins, grapefruit and kumquats. Pome fruits, harvested in late fall, have sweet flesh, a core with seeds, and an outer layer of skin. Pome fruits, such as apples, pears and quince are readily available in the markets throughout the winter months.
Cranberry harvest is from mid-September to mid-November, when the fruit reaches its peak color and flavor. Cranberries used in juices and other cranberry products found in the grocery store are wet harvested, while dry-harvested cranberries are fresh in the winter season for use in homemade dishes. Further, avocados are single-seeded berries that are in-season and harvested throughout all seasons.