Fruits and vegetables: A buying guide

How many bananas make a pound? When is broccoli in season? Here's help.

By The Canadian Living Test Kitchen

How much fruit?
Bananas (year-round)

1 lb (500 g) = 4 bananas
1 banana, sliced = 1 cup (250 mL)
1 banana, mashed = 3/4 cup (175 mL)

Blueberries (July to September)

1 pint = 12 oz (375 g) = 2 cups (500 mL)

Cantaloupe (July to September)

1 cantaloupe = 3 lb (1.5 kg) = 7 cups (1.75 L) chopped

Cherries (late June to early August)

1 lb (500 g) = 50 cherries = 3 cups (750 mL)
1 lb (500 g) pitted = 2 cups (500 mL)

Cranberries (September to late December)

1 bag = 12 oz (375 g) = 3 cups (750 mL)

Grapefruit (year-round; peak in winter)

1 lb (500 g) = 1 to 3 grapefruit = 1 cup (250 mL) sections
1 grapefruit = 3/4 cup (175 mL) juice

Grapes (August through early October)

1 lb (500 g) = 3 cups (750 mL) stemmed

Honeydew (July to September)

1 honeydew = 5 1/2 lb (2.45 kg)
1 honeydew, chopped = 12 cups (3 L)

Kiwifruit (year-round; peak In fall and winter)

1 lb (500 g) = 4 to 6 kiwifruit
1 kiwifruit = 1/2 cup (125 mL) sliced/chopped

Lemons (year-round; peak in winter)

1 lb (500 g) = 2 to 3 lemons
1 lemon = 1 tbsp (15 mL) grated rind; 1/4 cup (50 mL) juice

Limes (year-round; peak in fall)

1 lb (500 g) = 4 limes
1 lime = 2 tsp (10 mL) grated rind; 3 tbsp (50 mL) juice

Mandarins (November to January)

1 lb (500 g) = 3 to 4 mandarins
1 mandarin = 1 cup (250 mL) sections; 2 tsp (10 mL) grated rind; 1/3 cup (75 mL) juice

Nectarines (August to mid-September)

1 lb (500 g) = 4 nectarines
1 nectarine = 1 cup (250 mL) sliced or chopped

Oranges (year-round; peak in winter)

1 lb (500 g) = 2 to 3 oranges
1 orange = 1 tbsp (15 mL) grated rind; 1 cup (250 mL) sections; 1/3 cup (75 mL) juice

Peaches (mid-July to mid-September)

1 lb (500 g) = 2 to 4 peaches
1 peach = 1 cup (250 mL) sliced
1 peach = 1 cup (250 mL) chopped or diced

Pears (August to late November)

1 lb (500 g) = 2 to 3 pears
1 pear = 1 cup (250 mL) sliced or chopped

Pineapple (year-round; peak in winter)

1 pineapple = 2 1/2 lb (1.25 kg)
1 pineapple = 5 cups (1.25 L) chopped

Plums (mid-July to late September)

1 lb (500 g) = 5 plums
1 plum = 1/2 cup (125 mL) chopped or sliced

Raspberries (July (some available until September)

1 pint = 12 oz (375 g) = 2 cups (500 mL)
2 cups (500 mL) = 1 cup (250 mL) puréed; 1/3 cup (75 mL) puréed and seeded

Rhubarb (forced: January until April, outdoor: early May to July)

1 lb (500 g) trimmed = 10 stalks
1 stalk, trimmed = 1/2 cup (125 mL) chopped

Strawberries (early June to mid/late July, and some available until September)

1 quart = 30 strawberries = 1 1/2 lb (750 g)
1 quart = 4 cups (1 L) hulled
1 quart = 4 cups (1 L) sliced/chopped
4 cups (1 L) = 2 1/2 cups (625 mL) puréed

Watermelon (August to end of September)

1 medium-large watermelon = 14 lb (6.25 kg)
1 lb (500 g) = 3 1/2 cups (875 mL) cubed

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