Fruit and vegetables in season right now (in Sydney)

 

In this seasonal eating guide, I’ll take you through what fruit and vegetables are in season right now (in Sydney, Australia).

The benefits of eating and cooking with fruit and vegetables that are in season are plenty. First you have money – you’ll save it. In season fruits and veggies taste so much better and they’ll also last longer in your fridge. 

Bookmark this guide for when you need a reminder of what’s in season.

 

Eating with the seasons means: The farmer picks a peach from a tree in January. You eat peaches in January. It is: fresher, tastier, cheaper and better for you.

 

It’s the same with cherries – in Australia, cherries = Christmas. That’s when they’re in abundance. They’re beautiful, juicy, delicious and paired perfectly with a scorching hot day at the beach. Most of us would never think to buy cherries in June. Yet we don’t carry this thought process forward to apples, oranges etc.

As a side note – I know a lot of people talk about grocers or famers markets as being expensive. After 6 years of watching the price of every ingredient I’m interested in, I’ve noticed… the supermarkets really aren’t that much cheaper, quite possibly more expensive. Bombshell.

While I know that you beautiful people are scattered around Australia and the world. I can’t possibly provide a guide for each place – so this one falls on you.

  • Observe your farmers market, see what the farmers are selling. You can go buy it elsewhere if that’s what you feel comfortable doing.

  • Watch the prices and use your gut instincts. If the cauliflower is $9 – it’s definitely NOT in season.

  • Seasonal options are always the cheapest – unless of course, they are weather affected, which is just a part of nature.

 

 

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 February in Sydney.

SEASONAL FRUIT AND VEGETABLES FOR summer

DECEMBER

FRUIT

VEGETABLES

  • Apricots
  • Banana
  • Berries: Blackberries
  • Berries: Blueberries
  • Berries: Raspberries
  • Berries: Red & White Currants
  • Berries: Strawberries
  • Cherries
  • Grapes
  • Lychees
  • Mangoes
  • Melons
  • Nectarines
  • Oranges: Valencia
  • Papaya
  • Passionfruit
  • Papaw
  • Peaches
  • Pineapple
  • Asparagus
  • Beans: Green
  • Beans: Flat
  • Beans: Butter
  • Capsicum
  • Celery
  • Cucumbers
  • Eggplant
  • Lettuce
  • Mushrooms
  • Onions
  • Peas
  • Radish
  • Sweetcorn
  • Spinach
  • Tomatoes
  • Watercress
  • Zucchini

 

 

january

FRUIT VEGETABLES
  • Apricots
  • Avocados
  • Bananas
  • Blackberries
  • Blueberries
  • Raspberries
  • Strawberries
  • Cherries
  • Grapes
  • Limes
  • Lychees
  • Mangoes
  • Melons
  • Nectarines
  • Oranges: Valencia
  • Passionfruit
  • Peaches
  • Pears: Williams
  • Pears: Paradise
  • Pineapple
  • Plums
  • Rambutans
  • Asparagus
  • Beans: Green
  • Beans: Flat
  • Beans: Butter
  • Capsicums
  • Celery
  • Cucumbers
  • Eggplant
  • Lettuce
  • Mushrooms
  • Onions
  • Okra
  • Peas
  • Potatoes
  • Radish
  • Sweetcorn
  • Spinach
  • Tomatoes
  • Zucchini

 

february

FRUIT

VEGETABLES

  • Avocados
  • Berries: Blueberries
  • Berries: Raspberries
  • Berries: Strawberries
  • Figs
  • Grapes
  • Limes
  • Lychees
  • Mangosteens
  • Melons
  • Nectarines
  • Oranges: Valencia
  • Passionfruit
  • Peaches
  • Pears: Howell
  • Pears: Williams
  • Pineapples
  • Plums
  • Prickly Pears
  • Rambutans
  • Beans: Butter
  • Beans: Flat
  • Beans: Green
  • Beans: Snake
  • Capsicum
  • Celery
  • Chillies
  • Chokos
  • Cucumbers
  • Eggplant
  • Lettuce
  • Mushrooms
  • Onions
  • Okra
  • Peas: Sugar snap
  • Radish
  • Spinach
  • Squash
  • Sweetcorn
  • Tomatoes
  • Zucchini

SEASONAL FRUIT AND VEGETABLES FOR autumn

March

FRUIT

VEGETABLES

  • Apples

  • Bananas

  • Dates

  • Figs

  • Finger limes

  • Grapes

  • Guava

  • Kiwifruit

  • Limes

  • Mangosteens

  • Nashi

  • Oranges: Valencia

  • Passionfruit

  • Papaw

  • Pears

  • Plums

  • Pomegranates

  • Quinces

  • Tamarillo

  • Asian greens: Bok Choy

  • Beans

  • Broccoli

  • Capsicums

  • Chestnuts

  • Cucumbers

  • Eggplant

  • Eschallots

  • Kale

  • Lettuce

  • Mushrooms

  • Okra

  • Onions

  • Potatoes

  • Pumpkin

  • Sweetcorn

  • Swiss chard

  • Tomatoes

  • Witlof

  • Zucchini

 

 

april

FRUIT

VEGETABLES

  • Apples
  • Avocados
  • Bananas
  • Custard apples
  • Dates
  • Dragon Fruit
  • Finger limes
  • Grapes
  • Guava
  • Kiwifruit
  • Limes
  • Mandarins: Imperial
  • Nashi
  • Pears
  • Passionfruit
  • Persimmons
  • Pomegranates
  • Quinces
  • Tamarillo

 

 

 

 

 

  • 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

 

May

FRUIT

VEGETABLES

  • Apples

  • Avocados

  • Bananas

  • Custard apples

  • Dates

  • Grapes

  • Kiwifruit

  • Lemons

  • Mandarins: Imperial

  • Nashi

  • Oranges: Navel

  • Pears

  • Persimmons

  • Pomegranates

  • Quinces

  • Rhubarb

 

 

 

 

  • Asian greens: Bok Choy

  • Broccoli

  • Brussels sprouts

  • Cabbage

  • Carrots

  • Cauliflower

  • Celery

  • Celeriac

  • Chestnuts

  • Eggplant

  • Fennel

  • Kale

  • Ginger

  • Leeks

  • Mushrooms

  • Okra

  • Parsnips

  • Silverbeet

  • Spinach

  • Sweet potato

  • Swiss chard

  • Turnips

 

SEASONAL FRUIT AND VEGETABLES FOR winter

june

FRUIT

VEGETABLES

  • Apples
  • Avocados
  • Banana
  • Custard apples
  • Dates
  • Grapefruit
  • Kiwifruit
  • Lemons
  • Mandarins
  • Nashi
  • Oranges: Cara Cara Navel
  • Oranges: Navel
  • Passionfruit
  • Pears
  • Pomelo
  • Quince
  • Rhubarb
  • Beetroot
  • Broccoli
  • Brussels sprouts
  • Cabbage
  • Carrots
  • Cauliflower
  • Celeriac
  • Celery
  • Fennel
  • Jerusalem artichokes
  • Kale
  • Kohlrabi
  • Leeks
  • Onions
  • Parsnips
  • Potatoes
  • Pumpkin
  • Radicchio
  • Silverbeet
  • Spinach
  • Swede
  • Sweet potato
  • Turnips

 

 

july

FRUIT

VEGETABLES

  • Apples

  • Avocados

  • Banana

  • Custard apples

  • Dates

  • Grapefruit

  • Kiwifruit

  • Lemons

  • Mandarins

  • Nashi

  • Oranges: Cara Cara Navel

  • Oranges: Navel

  • Pomelo

  • Quince

  • Rhubarb

  • Strawberries

  • Tangelos

 

 

 

 

 

 

  • Beetroot

  • Broccoli

  • Brussels sprouts

  • Cabbage

  • Carrots

  • Cauliflower

  • Celeriac

  • Celery

  • Fennel

  • Jerusalem artichokes

  • Kale

  • Kohlrabi

  • Leeks

  • Onions

  • Parsnips

  • Potatoes

  • Pumpkin

  • Radicchio

  • Silverbeet

  • Spinach

  • Swede

  • Sweet potato

  • Turnips

  • Witlof

 

august

FRUIT

VEGETABLES

  • Apples
  • Avocados
  • Banana
  • Cumquat
  • Grapefruit
  • Kiwifruit
  • Lemons
  • Mandarins
  • Oranges: Blood
  • Oranges: Navel
  • Pomelo
  • Rhubarb
  • Strawberries
  • Tangelos

 

 

 

 

 

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

 

SEASONAL FRUIT AND VEGETABLES FOR spring

September

FRUIT

VEGETABLES

  • Apples: Lady Williams

  • Berries: Strawberries

  • Grapefruit

  • Lemons

  • Mandarins: Honey Murcot

  • Rockmelon

  • Oranges: Blood

  • Oranges: Seville

  • Papaw

  • Papaya

  • Pineapples

  • Pomelo

  • Tangelos

 

 

 

 

  • Artichokes: Globe

  • Asian greens

  • Asparagus

  • Beans: Broad

  • Beans: Green

  • Beetroot

  • Broccoli

  • Carrots

  • Cauliflower

  • Chillies

  • Garlic, fresh

  • Kale

  • Lettuce

  • Mushrooms

  • Onions: Spring

  • Onions: Green (Shallots)

  • Peas

  • Potatoes

  • Silverbeet

  • Spinach

 

october

FRUIT

VEGETABLES

  • Avocados
  • Banana
  • Blueberries
  • Grapefruit
  • Mangoes
  • Melons
  • Oranges: Valencia
  • Papaw
  • Papaya
  • Passionfruit
  • Pineapples
  • Pomelo
  • Strawberries
  • Tangelos

 

 

 

 

  • Artichokes: Globe
  • Asian greens
  • Asparagus
  • Beans: Broad
  • Beans: Green
  • Beetroot
  • Cucumber
  • Chillies
  • Fennel
  • Garlic, fresh
  • Kale
  • Lettuce
  • Mushrooms
  • Onions: Spring
  • Onions: Green (Shallots)
  • Peas
  • Potatoes
  • Silverbeet
  • Spinach
  • Watercress
  • Zucchini

 

november

FRUIT

VEGETABLES

  • Avocados

  • Banana

  • Blueberries

  • Cherries

  • Grapefruit

  • Loquats

  • Mangoes

  • Melons

  • Mulberries

  • Oranges: Valencia

  • Papaw

  • Papaya

  • Passionfruit

  • Pineapples

  • Youngberries

  • Artichokes: Globe

  • Asian greens

  • Asparagus

  • Beans: Green

  • Cucumber

  • Chillies

  • Onions: Spring

  • Onions: Green (Shallots)

  • Peas

  • Potatoes

  • Silverbeet

  • Spinach

  • Sweetcorn

  • Tomatoes

  • Watercress

  • Zucchini

  • Zucchini flowers