Seasonal Guide to Fresh Fruit and Vegetables

 

JANUARY - MID SUMMER - FRUIT


apricot, banana, berries - blackberry - blueberry - boysenberry - gooseberry - loganberry - mulberry - raspberry - strawberry, cherry - morello (sour), currants - red currant - black currant, lemons, lychee, mango, mangosteen, melons - honeydew - rockmelon - watermelon, nectarine, passionfruit, peach, pineapple - smooth leaf, plum, prickly pear, rambutan, starfruit, tamarillo.

 

JANUARY - MID SUMMER - VEGETABLES


asparagus, avocado - reed, beans - butter - green - snake, capsicum, celery, choko, cucumber, eggplant, lettuce, okra, onions - salad - spring, peas - green - snow - sugar snap, radish, squash, sweetcorn, tomato, zucchini, zucchini flowers.

 

FEBRUARY - LATE SUMMER - FRUIT


apple - aba, banana, berries - blackberry - blueberry - boysenberry - loganberry - raspberry - strawberry, fig, grapes - cardinal - muscat - sultana - waltham cross, guava, kiwifruit, lemon, lychee, mango, mangosteen, melons - honeydew - rockmelon - watermelon, nectarine, orange - valencia, passionfruit, peach, pears - howell - red sensation - williams, plums, prickly pear, rambutan, rhubarb, starfruit, tamarillo.

 

FEBRUARY - LATE SUMMER - VEGETABLES


avocado - reed, beans - borlotti - butter - green - snake, capsicum, celery, chilli, choko, cucumber, daikon, eggplant, leek, lettuce, okra, onions - brown - salad - spring, peas - green - snow - sugar snap, radish, squash, sweetcorn, tomato, zucchini, zucchini flowers.

 

MARCH - EARLY AUTUMN - FRUIT


apples - aba, cox's orange pippins - gala - jonagold - jonathan - mutso, banana, berries - raspberry - strawberry, breadfruit, feijoa, figs, grapes - cardinal - currant - muscat - purple cornichon - sultana - waltham cross, guava, kiwifruit, lemon, limes, mango, mangosteen, melons - honeydew - rockmelon, nashi, nectarine, nuts - almond - chestnut - hazelnut - pistachio - walnut, orange - valencia, papaya, passionfruit, peach, pears - beurre bosc - howell - josephine - packham - red sensation - williams, persimmon, plums, pomegranate, rambutan, rhubarb, tamarillo.

 

MARCH - EARLY AUTUMN - VEGETABLES


asian greens - bok choy - choy sum - gai laan - wonga bok, avocados - fuerte - shepard, beans - borlotti - butter - green - snake, capsicum, celery, chilli, cucumber, daikon, eggplant, leek, lettuce, okra, olive, onions - brown - red - spring, peas, potato, pumpkin, shallot, silverbeet, spinach, squash, sweetcorn, sweet potato, tomato, zucchini.

 

APRIL - MID AUTUMN - FRUIT


apples aba, bonza - braeburn - cox's orange pippins - fuji - gala - golden delicious - granny smith - jonagold - jonathan - mutso - red delicious - snow, banana, cumquat, custard apple, feijoa, figs, grapes - muscat - purple cornichon - sultana - waltham cross, guava, kiwifruit, lemons. limes, mandarin - imperial, nashi, nuts - almond - chestnut - hazelnut - peanut - pistachio - walnut, orange - valencia, papaya, passionfruit, pears - beurre bosc - howell - josephine - packham - red sensation - williams, persimmon, plums, pomegranate, quince, rhubarb.

 

APRIL - MID AUTUMN - VEGETABLES


asian greens - bok choy - choy sum - gai laan - wonga bok, avocado - fuerte, beans - green - snake, beetroot, broccoli, brussels sprout, cabbage, capsicum, carrots, celery, chilli, cucumber, daikon, eggplant, fennel, garlic, ginger, leek, lettuce, mushrooms - wild - field - pine - slippery jacks, okra, olives, onions - brown - spring, parsnip, peas, potato, pumpkin, shallot, silverbeet, spinach, squash, sweet potato, swede, tomato, turnip, zucchini.

 

MAY - LATE AUTUMN - FRUIT


apples - bonza - braeburn - cox's orange pippins - fuji - gala - golden delicious - granny smith - jonagold - jonathan - mutso - pink lady - red delicious - snow - sundowner, banana, cumquat, custard apple, feijoa, grapes - purple cornichon - waltham cross, kiwifruit, lemons, limes, mandarin - imperial, melon - champagne, nuts - chestnut - hazelnut - peanut - walnut, pears - howell - josephine - packham - red sensation - williams, persimmon, quince, rhubarb.

 

MAY - LATE AUTUMN - VEGETABLES


asian greens - bok choy, - choy sum - gai laan - wonga bok, avocados - fuerte - sharwill, beetroot, broccoli, brussels sprout, cabbage, carrots, cauliflower, celeriac, celery, daikon, eggplant, fennel, garlic, ginger, horseradish, leeks, lettuce, mushrooms - wild - field - pine - slippery jacks, okra, olives, onions - brown - spring, parsnip, peas, potato, pumpkin, shallots, silverbeet, spinach, squash, swede, sweet potato, taro, tomato, turnip, witlof, zucchini.

 

JUNE - EARLY WINTER - FRUIT


apples - bonza - braeburn - cox's orange pippins - fuji - gala - golden delicious - granny smith - jonagold - jonathan - lady williams - mutso - pink lady - red delicious - snow - sundowner, custard apple, grapefruit, kiwifruit, lemons, limes, mandarin - ellendale, melons -champagne, nashi, nuts - chestnut - hazelnut - walnut, oranges - navel, pears - beurre bosc - josephine - packham, persimmon, pomelo, quince, rhubarb.

 

JUNE - EARLY WINTER - VEGETABLES


asian greens - bok choy - choy sum - gai laan - wonga bok, avocados - fuerte - sharwill, beetroot, broccoli, brussels sprout, cabbage, carrots, cauliflower, celeriac, celery, fennel, garlic, ginger, horseradish, jerusalem artichokes, kale, kohlrabi, leeks, okra, olives, onions, parsnip, peas, potato, pumpkin, shallot, silverbeet, spinach, swede, sweet potato, turnip, witlof.

 

JULY - MID WINTER - FRUIT


apples -bonza - braeburn - fuji - golden delicious - lady williams - pink lady - red delicious - snow - sundowner, cumquat, custard apple, grapefruit, lemons, limes, mandarin - ellendale - imperial, melons - champagne, nashi, oranges - navel, papaya, pineapple, pomelo, rhubarb, tangelo.

 

JULY - MID WINTER- VEGETABLES


asian greens - bok choy -choy sum - gai laan - wonga bok, avocados - fuerte - hass - sharwill, beetroot, broccoli, brussels sprout, cabbage, carrot, cauliflower, celeriac, celery, fennel, garlic, ginger, horseradish, jerusalem artichoke, kale, kohlrabi, leeks, okra, olives, onions, parsnip, potato, pumpkin, shallot, silverbeet, spinach, swede, sweet potato, turnip, witlof.

 

AUGUST - LATE WINTER - FRUIT


apples - fuji - lady williams - sundowner, cumquat, custard apple, grapefruit - yellow - pink, lemons, limes, mandarins - ellendale - imperial - murcot, nashi, oranges - blood - navel, pawpaw, pineapple - smooth leaf, pomelo, rhubarb, tangelo.

 

AUGUST - LATE WINTER - VEGETABLES


asian greens - bok choy - choy sum - gai laan - wonga bok, avocados - fuerte - hass - sharwill, beetroot, broccoli, brussels sprout, cabbage, carrots, cauliflower, celeriac, celery, fennel, garlic, ginger, horseradish, jerusalem artichoke, kohlrabi, leeks, okra, olives, onions, parsnip, potato, pumpkin, shallot, silverbeet, spinach, swede, sweet potato, turnip, witlof.

 

SEPTEMBER - EARLY SPRING - FRUIT


apple - lady williams, cumquat, grapefruit, lemon, mandarins -ellendale - murcot, oranges - blood - seville, papaya, pawpaw, pineapple - smooth leaf, tangelo.

 

SEPTEMBER - EARLY SPRING - VEGETABLES


artichoke, asian greens - bok choy - choy sum - gai laan - wonga bok, asparagus - green - purple, avocados - fuerte - hass - sharwill, beans - broad - green, broccoli, cabbage, carrot, cauliflower garlic, ginger, leek, lettuce, mushrooms - morel, onions - salad - spring, peas, potato, pumpkin, silverbeet, spinach.

 

OCTOBER - MID SPRING - FRUIT


berries - strawberry, cumquat, grapefruit - pink - yellow, lemon, loquat, mango, orange - valencia, papaya, pawpaw, Pineapples - smooth - rough leaf, starfruit.

 

OCTOBER - MID SPRING - VEGETABLES


artichoke, asian greens - bok choy - choy sum - gai laan - wonga bok, asparagus -green - white - purple, avocados - fuerte - hass - sharwill, beans - broad - green, broccoli, choko, cucumber, garlic, lettuce, onions - salad - spring, peas, silverbeet, spinach, watercress.

NOVEMBER - LATE SPRING - FRUIT


banana, berries - strawberry, cherry, grapefruit, loquat, lychee, mango, melons - honeydew - rockmelon - watermelon, orange - valencia, papaya, pawpaw, pineapples - smooth - rough leaf, starfruit.

NOVEMBER - LATE SPRING - VEGETABLES


artichoke, asparagus, avocado - hass, beans, choko, cucumber, lettuce, onions - salad - spring, peas - green - snow - sugar snap, spinach, sweetcorn, tomato, watercress, zucchini flowers.

 

DECEMBER - EARLY SUMMER - FRUIT


apricot, banana, berries - gooseberry - loganberry - raspberry - strawberry, cherry, currants - black currant - red currant, lemon, lychee, mango, melon - honeydew - rockmelon - watermelon, orange - valencia, passionfruit, pineapples - smooth - rough leaf, rambutan, starfruit.

 

DECEMBER - EARLY SUMMER - VEGETABLES


asparagus, avocado - hass, beans - green - snake, capsicum, celery, choko, cucumber, eggplant, lettuce, onion - salad - spring, peas - green - snow - sugar snap, radish, squash, sweetcorn, tomato, watercress, zucchini, zucchini flowers.

 

 

Keeping Them Fresh

Fresh fruit and vegetables continue to mature after harvest. Correct storage helps to maintain quality, freshness, flavour and nutrient value. Below is a quick guide to the correct storage conditions for fruit and vegetables. These recommendations may vary depending on the climate.

 

Green leafy vegetables and salad vegetables

  • Too much moisture can cause spoilage. These vegetables are very perishable and should be used soon after purchase.
  • Store, unwashed in the crisper or vented plastic bags in the fridge

Citrus fruits, apples and pears

  • Best stored in the fridge

Berries, stonefruit, melons, grapes, kiwi fruit

  • Store unwashed in the fridge.
  • Take care to protect fruit from bruising

Bananas

  • Store at moderate room temperature
  • If hot keep in a cool place but do not refrigerate

Mushrooms

  • Best stored in brown paper bags in the fridge

Root vegetables - carrots, turnips, beetroot, parsnips

  • Store in sealed plastic bags or the crisper compartment of the fridge

Onions, potatoes and garlic

  • Store in a cool, dark, dry and well ventilated place

Seasonality

 

Please note that not all fruits and vegetables will be available at these times of year or in an organic form.  The list reflects when fruit and vegetables are at their peak of flavour, ripeness, quality and value each month but it cannot take into account climatic conditions.

 

Seasonal Best Buys

 

Summer

December Fruit December Vegetable
Apricots Bananas
 Berries
 - blackberries
 - blueberries
 - raspberries
 - red and white currants
 - strawberries
Cherries
Grapes
Lychees
Mangoes
Melons
 - Oranges
 - Valencia
Papaya
Passionfruit
Pawpaw
Peaches
Pineapple
sparagus
Beans
 - Green
 - Flat
 - Butter
Capsicum
Celery
Cucumbers
Eggplant
Lettuce
Onions
 - Salad
 - Green
Peas
Radish
Sweetcorn
Tomatoes
Watercress
Zucchini


January Fruit January Vegetables
Apricots
Avocados
Bananas
Berries
 - Blackberries
 - Blueberries
 - Raspberries
 - Red and white currants
 - Strawberries
Cherries
Grapes
Limes
Lychees
Mangoes
Melons
Nectarines
Oranges
 - Valencia
Passionfruit
Peaches
Pears
 - Williams
Pineapple
Plums
Rambutans
Asparagus
Beans
 - Green
 - Flat
 - Butter
Capsicum
Celery
Cucumbers
Eggplant
Lettuce
Onions
 - Salad
 - Green
Okra
Peas
Potatoes
Radish
Sweetcorn
Tomatoes
Zucchini


February Fruit February Vegetables
Avocados
Bananas
Berries
 - Blackberries
 - Blueberries
 - Raspberries
 - Strawberries
Figs
Grapes
Limes
Lychees
Mangosteens
Melons
Nectarines
Oranges
 - Valencia
Passionfruit
Peaches
Pears
 - Howell
 - Williams
Pineapple
Plums
Prickly Pears
Rambutans
Beans
 - Green
 - Flat
 - Butter
Capsicum
Celery
Chillies
Choko
Cucumbers
Eggplant
Lettuce
Onions
 - Salad
 - Green
Okra
Peas
Radish
Sweetcorn
Tomatoes
Zucchini
Autumn


March Fruit March Vegetables
Apples
Bananas
Figs
Fuji Fruit
Grapes
Guava
Kiwifruit
Limes
Mangosteens
Nashi
Oranges
 - Valencia
Passionfruit
Pawpaw
Pears
Pomegranates
Quinces
Tamarillo
Asian Greens
Beans
Broccoli
Capsicums
Cucumbers
Eggplant
Lettuce
Okra
Onions
Potatoes
Pumpkin
Sweetcorn
Tomatoes
Zucchini


April Fruit April Vegetables
Apples
Avocados
Bananas
Custard Apples
Fuji Fruit
Grapes
Guava
Kiwifruit
Limes
Mandarins
 - Imperial
Nashi
Passionfruit
Pears
Persimmons
Pomegranates
Quinces
Tamarillo
Asian Greens
Beans
Broccoli
Brussels sprouts
Cabbages
Capsicums
Chokos
Fennel
Leeks
Mushrooms
Okra
Onions
Peas
Potatoes
Pumpkins
Silverbeet
Spinach
Sweetcorn
Turnips


May Fruit May Vegetables
Apples
Avocados
Custard Apples
Kiwifruit
Lemons
Mandarins
 - Imperial
Nashi
Oranges
 - Navel
Pears
Persimmons
Pomegranates
Quinces
Rhubarb
Asian Greens
Broccoli
Brussels sprouts
Cabbages
Carrots
Cauliflower
Celery
Celeriac
Chestnuts
Fennel
Leeks
Mushrooms
Okra
Onions
Parsnips
Silverbeet
Spinach
Sweet potato
Turnips

 

Winter

June Fruit June Vegetables
Apples
Avocados
Custard Apples
Grapefruit
Kiwifruit
Lemons
Limes
Mandarins
Nashi
Oranges
 - Navel
Passionfruit
 - Panama
Pears
Pomelo
Quince
Rhubarb
Beetroot
Broccoli
Brussels Sprouts
Cabbage
Carrots
Cauliflower
Celeriac
Celery
Fennel
Jerusalem Artichokes
Kohlrabi
Leeks
Olives
Onions
Parsnips
Potatoes
Pumpkin
Silverbeet
Spinach
Swede
Sweet potato
Turnips


July Fruit July Vegetables
Apples
Avocados
Custard Apples
Grapefruit
Kiwifruit
Lemons
Limes
Mandarins
Nashi
Oranges
 - Navel
Pomelo
Quince
Rhubarb
Tangelo
Beetroot
Broccoli
Brussels Sprouts
Cabbage
Carrots
Cauliflower
Celeriac
Celery
Fennel
Jerusalem Artichokes
Kohlrabi
Leeks
Okra
Olives
Onions
Parsnips
Potatoes
Pumpkin
Silverbeet
Spinach
Swede
Sweet potato
Turnips
Witlof


August Fruit August Vegetables
Apples
Cumquat
Grapefruit
Kiwifruit
Lemons
Mandarins
Nashi
Oranges
 - Navel
 - Blood
Pomelo
Rhubarb
Strawberries
Tangelo
Beetroot
Broccoli
Brussels Sprouts
Cabbage
Carrots
Cauliflower
Celeriac
Celery
Fennel
Jerusalem Artichokes
Kohlrabi
Leeks
Okra
Onions
Parsnips
Potatoes
Pumpkin
Silverbeet
Spinach
Swede
Sweet potato
Turnips
Witlof

 

Spring

September Fruit September Vegetables
Apples
 - Lady Williams
Berries
 - Strawberries
Grapefruit
Lemons
Mandarins
Honey murcot
Melons
Oranges
 - Blood
 - Seville
Papaya
Pawpaw
Pineapple
Pomelo
Tangelos
Artichokes
Asian Greens
Asparagus
Beans
 - Broad
 - Green
Beetroot
Broccoli
Carrots
Cauliflower
Chillies
Garlic
 - Fresh
Lettuce
Mushrooms
Onions
 - Spring
 - Green
Peas
Potatoes
Silverbeet
Spinach


October Fruit October Vegetables
Avocado
Bananas
Berries
 - Blueberries
 - Strawberries
 - Youngberries
Carambola (starfruit)
Grapefruit
Loquats
Mangoes
Melons
Oranges
 - Valencia
Papaya
Passionfruit
Pawpaw
Pineapple
Pomelo
Artichokes
Asian Greens
Asparagus
Beans
 - Broad
 - Green
Beetroot
Cucumber
Chillies
Garlic
 - Fresh
Lettuce
Mushrooms
Onions
 - Spring
 - Green
Peas
Potatoes
Silverbeet
Spinach
Watercress
Zucchini


November Fruit November Vegetables
Advocado
Bananas
Berries
 - Blueberries
 - Raspberries
 - Strawberries
Cherries
Grapefruit
Loquats
Mangoes
Melons
Oranges
 - Valencia
Papaya
Passionfruit
Pawpaw
Pineapple
Artichokes
Asian Greens
Asparagus
Beans
 - Green
Cucumber
Chillies
Lettuce
Onions
 - Spring
 - Green
Peas
Potatoes
Silverbeet
Spinach
Sweetcorn
Tomatoes
Watercress
Zucchini
Zucchini flower