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Thursday, 7 April 2022

What’s in season this Autumn

Crisp mornings, yellow leaves scattered on the footpath, an abundance of root vegetables – this can only mean one thing… Autumn has arrived.

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Autumn in Australia has bountiful amounts of fruit and veg to offer – all of the produce that’s been ripening over the sweltering summer is now ready for harvest, and we’re here to help you reap the benefits. We love Sustainable Table and the Seasonal Food Guide when it comes to seasonal eating, but keep in mind that things will differ according to region.

Okay, let’s sink our teeth in!

Fruit

On the sweeter side of things, fruit that has been ripening over summer reaches maximum flavour in autumn. Some of our favourite autumnal fruits include crispy apples, juicy figs, and silky persimmons.

  • Avocado
  • Grapefruit
  • Mangosteen
  • Plum
  • Apple
  • Grapes
  • Nashi
  • Pomegranate
  • Blackberries
  • Guava
  • Orange
  • Prickly pear
  • Banana
  • Kiwi fruit
  • Papaya
  • Quince
  • Cumquat
  • Lemon
  • Passionfruit
  • Rambutan
  • Custard apple
  • Lime
  • Peach
  • Raspberries
  • Feijoa
  • Mandarin
  • Pear
  • Rhubarb
  • Fig
  • Mango
  • Persimmon
  • Strawberries

Eat-spiration:

  • Apple and rhubarb crumble
  • Banana bread
  • Fig jam
  • Lemon curd
  • Stewed apples with cinnamon
  • Pear and walnut salad
  • Poached plums

Vegetables

Root vegetables and anything orange-coloured take centre stage during autumn, but it doesn’t stop there! We love autumn veg because there’s so much roasting potential and delicious soup combinations.

  • Artichokes
  • Cauliflower
  • Lettuce
  • Spinach
  • Asian greens
  • Celery
  • Mushrooms
  • Spring onion
  • Beans
  • Choko
  • Okra
  • Squash
  • Beetroot
  • Corn
  • Onion
  • Swede
  • Broccoli
  • Cucumber
  • Parsnip
  • Sweet potato
  • Brussels sprouts
  • Daikon
  • Potato
  • Tomato
  • Cabbage
  • Eggplant
  • Pumpkin
  • Turnip
  • Capsicum
  • Fennel
  • Shallot
  • Watercress
  • Carrot
  • Leek
  • Silverbeet
  • Zucchini

Eat-spiration:

  • Artichoke dip
  • Baked sweet potato
  • Barbecued corn
  • Balsamic-glazed beetroot
  • Miso roasted eggplant
  • Oven-roasted pumpkin
  • Zucchini noodle salad

Herbs and spices

No meal is complete without a sprinkle from the spice shaker or tossing some herbs into the mix. After the high temperatures of summer, it’s a great time to harvest and dry herbs such as basil, chillies, and rosemary.

  • Basil
  • Coriander
  • Kaffir lime leaves
  • Parsley
  • Chervil
  • Dill
  • Lemongrass
  • Rosemary
  • Chilli
  • Garlic
  • Mint
  • Sage
  • Chives
  • Ginger
  • Oregano
  • Thyme

For an overview of the seasons, check out our seasonal eating guide – we’ve got your bases covered from the warmer to cooler months.

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