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Look for seasonal produce

Buying local and seasonal foods supports local growers and means less transporting of food from interstate and overseas.

Buying seasonally also means fruit and vegetables are naturally more delicious and often cheaper due to their abundance – it is a win-win for you, the grower and the environment!

Consider buying quality over quantity. It’s more likely to taste better and you’ll have less waste.

Here are the fruit and vegetables you should look out for each season:

Summer (December – February) 

Apricots, bananas, berries, cherries, figs, grapes, limes, lychees, mangoes, melons, nectarines, oranges, passionfruit, peaches, pears, pineapple, plums and tomatoes.

Asparagus, avocado, beans, capsicum, celery, cucumbers, eggplant, lettuce, onions, peas, potatoes, radish, squash, sweet corn, zucchini.

Autumn (March – May)

Apple, avocado, banana, custard apple, fig, grape, guava, kiwi fruit, lemon, lime, orange, passionfruit, pear, plum, pomegranate, rhubarb, quince and tomato.

Asian green, beans, broccoli, Brussels sprout, cabbage, capsicum, carrot, cauliflower, cucumber, eggplant, fennel, leek, lettuce, mushroom, onion, parsnip, potato, pumpkin, spinach, sweet corn, sweet potato, turnip and zucchini.

Winter (June – August)

Apple, avocado, grapefruit, kiwi fruit, lemon, lime, mandarin, orange, passionfruit, pear, quince and rhubarb.

Beetroot, broccoli, Brussels sprout, cabbage, carrot, cauliflower, celeriac, celery, fennel, leek, olive, onion, parsnip, potato, pumpkin, silverbeet, spinach, swede, sweet potato and turnip.

Spring (September – November)

Apple, banana, berries, cherry, grapefruit, lemon, mandarin, mango, melon, orange, papaya, passionfruit, paw paw, pineapple and tomato.

Artichokes, Asian greens, asparagus, beans, beetroot, broccoli, carrot, cauliflower, chillies, cucumber, garlic, lettuce, mushroom, onion, pea, potatoes, silverbeet, spinach, sweet corn and zucchini.

This is by no means an exhaustive list but it’s a good starting point. Ask your local greengrocer if you would like to know what is in season in your area. For more information about individual fruits and vegetables please visit the Better Health Channel.

Love your food

Each year Victorian households throw out 51,000 tonnes of pre-prepared and home cooked meals.