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Seasonal Vegetable & Fruit Guide In Australia

Eating your vegetables and fruit by the season is an important practice we all should be keeping with. But just the thought of trying to plan around a plant-based diet can be daunting in itself, let alone trying to plan your produce seasonally. Luckily we have made it very easy for you. We break down the seasons, vegetables, fruits and give you recipes for the fruit and veg to help you.

Let’s start with the seasons, each season begins on the first day of the calendar month in Australia. With summer starting in December and ending in February autumn from March to May winter from June to August and spring from September to November.

Why should you be eating with the seasons?

There are many different reasons to eat with the seasons, it’s also practised in many other cultures. In a Ayurveda, there’s a term for eating seasonally which is Rtucharya. Rtu = fixed or appointed time, season, Charya = regime, routine, where it basically breaks down want to eat during each season so that you can keep healthy and try to minimise disease.

There are many different health benefits from eating with the seasons and it’s also going to be much better for the environment.

By eating seasonally you minimise the amount of produce that is shipped in from overseas. We sometimes overlook the process of delivering the same fruit and vegetables to you 12 months of the year. A wide variety of fruit and vegetables are shipped by air and sea from all over the world to ensure that people have access to the same fruit and vegetables all the time. By changing your eating habits and eating more seasonally you are effectively reducing the amount of carbon omissions from the transportation of your fruit and vegetables.

Not only is it good for the environment but it’s also cheaper for you. Have you ever noticed that cauliflower ranges from $2.50 ahead up to 7 dollars ahead? There’s a reason for this, as there is a cost in procuring the cauliflower. The cauliflowers that are in season, grown by local producers end up being a lot cheaper for supermarkets to bring in and therefore cheaper for you to buy.

It’s not that tough to eat seasonally you’ll find below a list of the fruit and vegetables that you can find in each season. We have covered most of these fruits and vegetables  in the two guys one plant podcast, plus you’ll find a link to a list of recipes that incorporate that specific ingredient.

So if you’re ever lost and you want some great plant-based meals to incorporate for dinner breakfast and all throughout your day for those particular vegetables and fruits that are in season make sure you click on the vegetable and go through to the recipe list.

The vegetables and fruit below are only applicable for the seasons in Australia so if you live somewhere else please ensure you look to your local seasons and what vegetables and fruit and seeds

Artichoke
Asparagus
Avocado
Beans
Broad beans
Broccoli
Cabbage
Carrot
Cauliflower
Cucumber
Leek
Lettuce
Peas
Potato
Silverbeet
Snow peas
Spinach
Sugar snap peas
Sweetcorn
Tomato
Zucchini

Banana
Blood orange
Cherry
Cumquat
Grapefruit
Honeydew
Lemon
Loquat
Lychee
Mandarin
Mango
Navel Orange
Papaya
Pineapple
Rhubarb
Rockmelon
Seville Orange
Strawberry
Tangelo
Valencia Orange
Watermelon

Asparagus
Avocado
Borlotti beans
Beans
Capsicum
Celery
Cucumber
Eggplant
Green beans
Leek
Lettuce
Peas
Radish
Snow peas
Squash
Sugar snap peas
Sweetcorn
Tomato
Zucchini
Zucchini flower

Apricot
Banana
Blackberry
Blueberry
Boysenberry
Cherry
Currant
Gooseberry
Guava
Honeydew
Kiwifruit
Loganberry
Lychee
Mango
Mangosteen
Mulberry
Nectarine
Passionfruit
Pineapple
Rambutan
Raspberry
Rhubarb
Rockmelon
Strawberry
Tamarillo
Valencia orange
Watermelon

Asian greens
Avocado
Beetroot
Borlotti beans
Broccoli
Brussels sprouts
Beans
Cabbage
Capsicum
Carrot
Cauliflower
Celery
Cucumber
Eggplant
Fennel
Leek
Lettuce
Onion
Parsnip
Peas
Potato
Pumpkin
Silverbeet
Spinach
Squash
Swede
Sweet potato
Sweetcorn
Tomato

Apple
Banana
Cumquat
Custard apple
Fig
Grapes
Guava
Honeydew
Kiwifruit
Lemon
Lime
Mandarin
Mango
Nashi
Papaya
Passionfruit
Peach
Pear
Persimmon
Plum
Pomegranate
Quince
Rhubarb
Rockmelon
Orange

Asian greens
Avocado
Beetroot
Broccoli
Brussels sprouts
Cabbage
Carrot
Cauliflower
Celeriac
Celery
Fennel
Horseradish
Jerusalem artichoke
Kale
Leek
Okra
Olives
Onion
Parsnip
Peas
Potato
Pumpkin
Silverbeet
Spinach
Swede
Sweet potato
Turnip

Apple
Blood orange
Cumquat
Custard apple
Grapefruit
Kiwifruit
Lemon
Lime
Mandarin
Nashi
Navel orange
Nuts
Pear
Persimmon
Pineapple
Quince
Rhubarb
Tangelo

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