Fruit and Vegetables in Season in April

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Eating fruit and vegetables in season to your local area has so many benefits.

You’ll save money - buying fruit and vegetables in season means there’s less middle men involved in getting you your food. It’s most likely travelled less km’s to get to you and this all helps to bring the price down. As a side note - if your cauliflower is costing you $8 a pop. It’s a good sign that it’s most likely not in season.

Your food will taste better - if it’s in season now, it’s probably just been picked. Which means your fruit and veggies will taste better and fresher. Older veggies = less taste.

Your produce will last longer - if it’s in season now, it’s probably just been picked. It hasn’t been hanging out in cool-rooms or cold storage for a year. Fresh fruit and vegetables can easily last 2 weeks if correctly stored in your fridge. If your fruit and vegetables are going bad days after you’ve bought them, it’s time to up your game and move onto a farmers market or produce store to shop.

You’ll feel connected to the seasons - you know how we all know that cherries are for Christmas? Well this kind of thing happens every month. Stone fruit is summer, citrus is winter and apples are autumn/winter.  
Eating this way then becomes a ritual. You eat all of the peaches, plums, nectarines and apricots is summer. Then you get to learning some preserving skills, so you can enjoy a little bit of summer sunshine in the dark depths of winter.

How and where to shop seasonally

Pay attention to the prices - whether you know what day of the week it is or not, know your approximate prices for produce. Start by just simply paying attention, over time you’ll get a feel for the true price of things and observe their fluctuations throughout seasons and weather events. 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. A great example of this is Harris Farms Imperfect Picks section.

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 pro. You'll get excited when it's time for the specialty mandarin guy to sell his new collection of citrus each year. I’ve paid attention to fruit and vegetable prices for years now and I have to say, the bigger supermarkets are not cheaper than farmers markets or fruit and veggie shops. According to my cooking class clients, their supermarket produce seems to spoil a lot faster too.

Do some research, Google fruit and vegetables in season in your area, or if you live in Sydney read this list below. This list was 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 April in Sydney.

Fruit and Vegetables in Season in April

Fruit

  • Apples

  • Avocados

  • Bananas

  • Custard apples

  • Dates

  • Dragon Fruit

  • Finger limes

  • Grapes

  • Guava

  • Kiwifruit

  • Limes

  • Mandarins: Imperial

  • Nashi

  • Pears

  • Passionfruit

  • Persimmons

  • Pomegranates

  • Quinces

  • Tamarillo

Veggies

  • Asian greens: Bok Choy

  • Beans

  • Broccoli

  • Brussels sprouts

  • Cabbage

  • Capsicums

  • Cauliflower

  • Chestnuts

  • Eggplant

  • Eschallots

  • Fennel

  • Kale

  • Leeks

  • Mushrooms

  • Okra

  • Potatoes

  • Pumpkin

  • Silverbeet

  • Spinach

  • Swiss chard

  • Turnips

  • Watercress