Urban Fruit Harvest Guide
Toronto’s fruit harvest season runs from June to October, with over a dozen delicious tree fruits growing in our urban forest. Every tree is different and every season is different so it can be challenging to predict when local fruit will be ripe for the picking.
To help with this, we’ve started putting together the below resource pages with details on how to identify different tree fruits in the city and how to tell when trees are just about ready to harvest. Click on the fruit types below for photos and details about each fruit.
Note: Fruit may ripen earlier or later than expected depending on environmental factors or tree variety.
Sweet Cherries – mid June to late July
Sour Cherries – late June to early August
Serviceberries – mid June to mid July
Mulberries – late June to late August
Apricots – mid July to early August
Crabapples – mid July to late September (some aren’t ready until October)
Plums – late July to mid September
Apples – late July to late October
Pears – early August to late September
Grapes – mid August to early October
Elderberries – mid August to early October
Gingko – mid September to late October
Black Walnuts – late September to early October
Quince (rare find!) – September – October
Pawpaw (rare find!) – September to October
The Fruit Guide was developed by Becky Thomas, Jenny Rabbets, Tatiana Stewart, and Maya Fromstein.