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Seasonal Autumn produce
Seasonal Autumn produce of fruits, vegetables and nuts are often in surplus at this time of year. Autumn is traditionally known as fall or the harvest season as an abundance of seasonal foods fall from the trees. These whole foods with be the freshest, cheapest and tastiest available so make the most of them by preserving what you can.
In Victoria the remnants of summer can still be found through early seasonal Autumn produce. Berries (blackberries, raspberries and strawberries) and stone fruits (plums, nectarines) continue with good supply. Citrus (lemons, limes and oranges) are also plentiful at this time. Apples, nashi’s and figs are also at their peak through Autumn.
Apples, avocado, banana, blackberry, breadfruit, cumquat, custard apple, feijoa, figs, grapes, guava, kiwifruit, lemon, limes, mango, mandarin, mangosteen, melons, nashi, nectarine, orange, papaya, passionfruit, peach, pears, persimmon, plums, pomegranate,quince, rambutan, raspberry, rhubarb, strawberry
New season nuts are available at markets through Autumn. Almond, chestnut, hazelnut, pistachio, peanut and walnuts should all be available to purchase fresh in the shell. Buying unshelled nuts preserves freshness and prevents the oils contained in the nuts from becoming rancid.
Leafy greens such as lettuces, spinach, silverbeet, Asian greens – bok choy – choy sum – gai lan – wong bok. Cruciferous vegetables such as broccoli, brussel sprout, cabbage and cauliflower. Onions – brown, red, shallots and spring onions.
Squash family vegetables such as pumpkin, squash and zucchini.
Wild mushrooms and beans, beetroot, capsicum, carrots, celeriac, celery, chilli, cucumber, daikon, eggplant, fennel, leek, mushrooms, okra, olives, parsnip, peas, potato, swede, sweetcorn, sweet potato, taro, tomato, turnip, witlof,.
Herbs & spices
Garlic, ginger and horseradish.
Look around your area for local farmers markets, you’ll find the freshest seasonal produce there.