Peaches are in season right now even though it’s fall. In fact October is the start of peach season in the Southern hemisphere and marks the beginning of the second season of the year for the fruit. Originally a seasonal summer fruit, peaches are now largely available as fresh fruit for most months of the year.
When is peach season?
Peaches are widely known as a seasonal summer fruit and, indeed, peak season for peaches is summer. But they aren’t in season only during the summer months. Peach season is actually late spring to late summer or early fall at the latest.
There is a reason why peach season lasts so long: peach trees are being cultivated around the world and don’t all fruit at the exact time! The peach as a species is cultivated extensively in both hemispheres, its cultivation spanning countless climates. Regional and also yearly weather variations determine the beginning and end of the peach season in a given region.
Not just this, but there are presently hundreds of different peach cultivars with different flowering, fruiting and harvesting seasons which ensure a constant supply of fresh fruit for the duration of the general season.
Peach season in the Northern hemisphere
What months are peaches in season in the Northern hemisphere? In the Northern hemisphere peaches are in season late spring to late summer or early fall at the latest. This includes the months of May, June, July, August and also all of September.
There are also very early season peaches (Florida peaches) which are available starting April. In certain regions such as Kansas, peach season can last longer, until mid-October. Some regions see the start of peach season in June (e.g. Kansas, Indiana, Illinois) and some as late as July (e.g. Iowa, Connecticut, Maine, Maryland).
Peach season in the Southern hemisphere
What months are peaches in season in the Southern hemisphere? Peach season in the Southern hemisphere is October through March which is mid-late spring to early fall. More specifically, October, November, December, January, February and all of March.
Peach season by month
Peach season by month in the Northern hemisphere
- Very early season peaches: April
- Early season peaches: April to mid-May
- Peak season for peaches: June, July and August
- Late season peaches: September to mid-October
Peach season by month in the Southern hemisphere
- Early season: October, November
- Peak season: December, January, February
- Late season: March
- Very late season: first half of April in some regions
How long does peach season last?
Peach season, as in general peach season, lasts for most of the year. There is one peach season in the Northern hemisphere which starts as early as April, sometimes mid-May and generally lasts until October. There is another peach season in the Southern hemisphere that starts as early as October and lasts until the end of March, sometimes a couple of weeks into April.
The Northern and Southern hemispheres combined make peach season come full circle and last all year round. However, production is different during peak season as opposed to the beginning and end of the season which means that, while peaches are indeed in season all year long, there may be gaps in supply in various regions as one season transitions into the other.
This post was updated on Thursday / October 14th, 2021 at 10:24 PM