We are incredibly lucky that we have access to a wide variety of fresh fruit and vegetables grown locally.
Go for fruit and veg that are in-season for the best tasting, best quality, most nutritious and greatest value for money.
What does eating in season mean?
The different climates within and between Australian states, and using greenhouses means we get some fruit and vegies all year round. We also receive produce from other countries to help supplement supply. Seasonality refers to the times of year when the harvesting (or picking) of fruit or vegetable is at its peak. The supply of produce can be impacted by weather – for example a longer, cool spring means grapes won’t come into season until middle of December or just before Christmas! The seasonality charts below are helpful as a general guide on when fruit and vegies are in season and are state specific.
A good rule of thumb is that if it's locally grown and on special - it's probably in season!
Benefits of eating in season
- Freshness - high supply means it's freshest on the market
- Flavour - peak picking time is also peak eating time!
- Nutrition - many nutrients start to break down after picking. So freshest is often packed with the most nutrients
- Price - high supply means that produce is at its cheapest
- Environment - locally grown produce means less reliance on off-season fruit and vegetables being flown or trucked in
Eating out of season
If something is out of season, check out frozen, dried or canned varieties – or swap it for something that is in season. Knowing what is in season to help with menu planning as well as keeping grocery costs down
Next time you are planning your shopping list, check out what is in season to fill your trolley!