What's In Season?

Mangoes, cherries and lychees are my absolute favourite fruits. However, despite this, I don't want to eat them all year round - how boring. I love the anticipation of waiting for peaches to come into season, the joy of spotting asparagus in spring and the excitement that comes from the first perfect persimmon. 

Not only does the anticipation of eating seasonally increase my enjoyment, there are other benefits too. Picked close to home and eaten at their peak readyness, produce has had time to develop flavour, texture and sweetness. Buying in season means you'll be getting fruit and vegetables that are the best value and the best tasting - what a bargain.

Bear in mind this seasonal list has an Australian and Sydney-specific, focus. Local climate and growing conditions may change exactly what's available each season in your local area.


Spring

Fruit:

Apricots
Berries
Cherries
Loquats
Mangoes
Nectarines
Passionfruit
Peaches
Rhubarb

Vegetables:

Artichoke (globe)
Asparagus
Avocado
Beans
Beetroot
Broad beans
Broccoli
Carrots
Chicory
Chillies
Leeks
Lettuce
Mushrooms
Peas
Potatoes
Radishes
Silverbeet (Chard)
Snowpeas
Spinach
Spring onions
Sugar snap peas
Watercress
Zucchini (Courgette)


Photo by Meena Kadri

Photo by Meena Kadri

Summer

Fruit:

Apricots
Bananas
Blackberries
Blackcurrants
Blueberries
Boysenberries
Cherries
Gooseberries
Limes
Lychees
Mangoes
Melons
Nectarines
Papaya
Passionfruit
Peaches
Pineapples
Rambutans
Raspberries
Rhubarb
Strawberries

Vegetables:

Avocado
Beans
Beetroot
Broccoli
Capsicum
Carrots
Cauliflower
Celery
Chillies
Cucumber
Eggplant (Aubergine)
Garlic
Onions
Okra
Peas
Potatoes
Radishes
Shallots
Silverbeet (Chard)
Squash
Sweetcorn
Tomatoes
Watercress
Zucchini (Courgette)



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Autumn

Vegetables:

Beetroot
Broccoli
Brussels sprouts
Cabbage
Carrots
Cauliflower
Celeriac
Celery
Daikon radish
Eggplant
Garlic
Ginger
Jerusalem artichokes
Kale
Leek
Mushrooms
Onions
Okra
Parsnip
Peas
Potatoes
Pumpkin
Silverbeet (Chard)
Sweet potatoes
Tomatoes
Watercress

Fruit:

Apples
Blackberries
Chokoes
Custard apples
Figs
Grapefruits
Guava
Lemons
Mandarins
Oranges
Passionfruit
Pears
Persimmons
Plums
Pomegranates
Quinces
Raspberries
Rhubarb
Tamarillos

Winter

Vegetables:

Beetroot
Broccoli
Brussels sprouts
Cabbage
Carrots
Cauliflower
Celeriac
Celery
Jerusalem artichokes
Kale
Kohlrabi
Leeks
Parsnips
Potatoes
Pumpkin
Onions
Silverbeet (Chard)
Spinach
Swede
Sweet potato
Turnips
Witlof

Fruit:

Apples
Clementines
Cumquats
Dates
Grapefruit
Lemons
Mandarins
Nashi pears
Oranges
Pears
Pomegranates
Pomelos
Quinces
Rhubarb
Satsumas
Tangelos
Tangerines