One of the most important rules of buying and using the freshest produce in the market is knowing what fruits and veggies are in season. If you know what’s in season, it’s easier to find the freshest (and the most reasonably priced) products from your local grocer or farmer’s market.
It also pays to know your geographical location when finding what’s seasonal in your region. According to Simongeorge.com.au, seasonal fruits and vegetables in Sydney during summer may be different from Melbourne’s list of seasonal produce. Good thing, both agriculture and food production sectors are able to supply the whole nation with high-quality produce despite regional differences in weather.
Here’s a quick guide to some of Australia’s seasonal produce.
Some of the seasonal fruits during spring include banana, cherries, honeydew, lychee, mango, papaya, melons, as well as citrus fruits like grapefruit, lemon, tangelo, mandarin, and grapefruit. Veggies include artichoke, asparagus, broccoli, cabbage, carrot, cucumber, leek, tomato, zucchini and green leafy vegetables like lettuce and spinach.
Fruits that are in season during autumn include apples, banana, grapes, guava, kiwifruit, peach, pear, passionfruit, plum, and pomegranate. Citrus fruits include orange, lemon, and lime. Veggies you can buy fresh during this season are beetroot, beans, Brussels sprout, celery, cucumber, potato, sweet potato, turnips, squash and eggplants.
Summer fruits include apricots, bananas, currant, mango, mangosteen, pineapple, rambutan and nectarine. It’s the season of berries, so you would see an abundant supply of blackberry, blueberry, boysenberry, gooseberry, loganberry, mulberry, and similar fruits like strawberry and raspberry. For veggies, what’s in the season include beans and peas such as borlotti beans, green beans, snow peas, and sugar snap peas. Also, readily available in large supply are radish, squash, eggplants and zucchini.
Fruits you can buy in winter include apple, pear, persimmon, nuts, as well as oranges like blood orange and navel orange and their citrus cousins – grapefruit, lemon, lime, mandarin, and tangelo. Veggies include horseradish, fennel, kale, cabbage carrot, okra, olives, pumpkin and spinach.