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Seasonal Guide to Fruit & Vegetables

Fruit & Vegetable Availability


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 December - early summer - fruit

artichoke, asparagus, avocado - hass, beans, choko, cucumber, lettuce, onions - salad - spring, peas - green - snow - sugar snap, spinach, sweetcorn, tomato, watercress, zucchini flowers. 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 qualtiy, freshness, flavour and nutrient value. Below is a quick guide to the correct storage conditions for fruit and vegetables. These recommnedations 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, unwahsed 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

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