Seasonal Fruits and Veggies for Spring and Summer

Seasonal Fruits and Veggies for Spring and Summer

Seasonal fruits and veggies for spring and summer with Rajah

 

Different types of fresh fruit, vegetables and herbs are available at different times of the year. When certain fruits and veggies are in season, they are healthier because they have just been harvested and mean that they are packed with fresh vitamins. Buying local, seasonal food also doesn’t have the added travelling or import costs, that means that they are usually cheaper than imported foods.
It is useful to know what fruit, vegetables and herbs are in season when you are buying food to ensure that you are using the freshest, healthiest ingredients – and saving money in the process!
Here is a guide to seasonal fruit, vegetables and herbs in South Africa for this spring and our upcoming summer.

 

SPRING
September/October/November

 

Fruit
Avocados, apricots, bananas, cherries, grapefruit, guava, kumquats, kiwi, lemons, limes, melons, mulberries, naartjies, oranges, pawpaw, peaches, pineapples, plums, spanspek, strawberries, tomatoes, watermelons.
Vegetables
Asparagus, baby marrow, beetroot, beans, broad beans, broccoli, cabbage, carrots, cauliflower, celery, courgettes, cucumber, garlic, green beans, leeks, lettuce, mushrooms, mielies, new potato, onion, peas, potato, pumpkin, radishes, spinach, Swiss Chard, squash, spring onion, sweet potatoes, turnips, waterblommetjies.
Herbs
Basil, bay leaves, bulb fennel, chives, fennel, garlic chives, lavender, lemon grass stems, lime leaves, marjoram, mint, oreganum, parsley, rocket, rosemary, sage, thyme.

 

SUMMER
December/January/February

 

Fruit
Apricots, apples, bananas, berries (blueberries, strawberries, black berries & raspberries), cherries, figs, grapes, granadillas, guava, kiwi fruit, lemons, litchis, mangoes, melons, nectarines, pawpaw, peaches, pears, pineapples, plums, pomegranates, prickly pears, quince, spanspek, tree tomatoes, watermelons.
Vegetables
Artichokes, asparagus, beetroot, butternut, baby corn, brinjals, cabbage, carrots, celery, chillies, chives, courgettes or baby marrow, cucumber, garlic, green beans, lettuce, mange tout, mielies, mushrooms, okra, onions, parsley, potatoes, pumpkin, radishes, spinach, spring onions, sweet peppers, sweet potatoes, Swiss chard, squash, turnips.
Herbs
Basil, bay leaves, fennel, lemon grass, mint, oreganum, rocket, rosemary, sage, thyme.

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