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The Best Fruit and Vegetables to Buy Right Now

Holy fresh juicy figs…

IT’S MARCH!

…. well on Sunday it is.

And that means summer is coming to a close, new fruits, new veggies and a new Lunch Lady Lou menu.

But when you can buy ANYTHING in the supermarket at ANYTIME of the year – how do you REALLY know what is in season and when?

Growing up we had rows of fruit trees in our yard. My parents weren’t farmers or even plant enthusiasts, the trees were inherited from the previous owners but I distinctly remember the abundance of fruits at different times throughout the year.

Plum season, my mum would pick them and there’d be piles and piles of juicy plums in the garage waiting out there destiny in what can only be described as a full on jam making session.

Mandarin season, my favourite, I used to sell (read: try and sell) those bad boys for 10 cents a pop.

Mulberry season, technically not our tree but the good side with all of the fruit was in our yard, so we won.

Orange season AKA soccer season. Every Saturday after netball we’d watch my brother play soccer. Soccer and oranges seem to go together like hummus and crackers.

But now everything is a little less natural and a little more international and you can buy berries in Sydney in July. Not berry season folks.

So how do you know?

Here are some tips.

Shop at your local farmers market

Your famers markets has the goods.

The produce was most likely picked days before and no farmer is into selling out of season fruits and vegetables.

Shop at the markets regularly and you’ll be following the seasons like a farming pro. You’ll get excited when its time for the specialty mandarin guy to sell his new collection of citrus each year.

Pay attention to the prices

Whether you know what day of the week it is or not, know your approximate prices for produce. In season produce is significantly cheaper than out of season produce. I’m not saying to shop ‘cheap and nasty’ – but quality produce is definitely affordable if you’re buying the produce in season.

Do some research, Google is your friend or just read this list below

This list was carefully curated by the guys who know it best – Sydney Produce Markets. Use this list as your go-to guide for buying fruits and vegetables for the month of March in Sydney.

FRUIT

Apples
Banana
Figs
Fiji fruit
Grapes
Guava
Kiwifruit
Limes
Mangosteens
Nashi
Oranges: Valencia
Papaw
Passionfruit
Pears
Plum
Pomegranates
Quince
Tamarillo

VEGETABLES

Asian greens
Beans
Broccoli
Capsicums
Chestnuts
Cucumbers
Eggplant
Eschallots
Lettuce
Okra
Onions
Potatoes
Pumpkin
Sweetcorn
Tomatoes
Witlof
Zucchini

 

With love and freshness.

 
Lunch Lady Lou

 

 

 

 

 

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