Autumn Produce

I’m a big believer in the ethos, eat local and eat what’s in season. Here’s why:

It’s cheaper.  Let’s begin with cost. When produce is in season locally, the relative abundance of the crop usually makes it less expensive.

It’s tastier.  When food is not in season locally, it’s either grown in a hothouse or shipped in from other parts of the world, and both affect the taste. Compare a dark red, vine-ripened tomato still warm from the summer sun with a winter hothouse tomato that’s barely red and lacking in flavour.

It’s healthier.  Food picked at its optimum ripeness is bursting with nutrients. Produce picked early and zapped or refrigerated to ensure it lasts a long journey isn’t going to be as nutritious.

Fruit

  • avocado
  • apple*
  • blackberries
  • banana
  • cumquat
  • custard apple
  • feijoa
  • fig
  • grapefruit
  • grapes
  • guava
  • honeydew
  • kiwi fruit
  • lemon
  • lime
  • mandarin*
  • mango
  • mangosteen
  • nashi
  • orange*
  • papaya
  • passionfruit
  • peach
  • pear*
  • persimmon
  • plum
  • pomegranate
  • prickly pear
  • quince
  • rambutan
  • raspberries
  • rhubarb
  • rockmelon
  • strawberries
  • tamarillo

Vegetables

  • artichoke*
  • asian greens*
  • avocado
  • beans*
  • beetroot
  • broccoli
  • brussels sprouts
  • cabbage
  • capsicum
  • carrot
  • cauliflower
  • celery
  • choko
  • corn
  • cucumber
  • daikon
  • eggplant
  • fennel
  • leek
  • lettuce
  • mushrooms*
  • okra
  • onion
  • onion, spring
  • parsnip
  • peas
  • potato
  • pumpkin
  • radish
  • shallot
  • silverbeet
  • spinach
  • squash
  • swede
  • sweet potato
  • tomato
  • turnip
  • watercress
  • witlof
  • zucchini

Herbs & Spices

  • basil
  • chervil
  • chilli
  • chives
  • coriander
  • dill
  • garlic
  • ginger
  • lime, kaffir (leaves)
  • lemongrass
  • mint
  • oregano
  • parsley
  • rosemary
  • sage
  • tarragon
  • thyme