A Buyer’s Guide to Summer Seasonal Fruit
While these days you can get most fruit and vegetables year round, there are a number of reasons why it is worth knowing what fruit is actually in season.
1. Seasonal Fruit and Vegetables Taste Better
The first reason for purchasing in season produce is that it tastes better. In season fruit is fresh and ripe providing better flavour than fruit that is out of season.
2. Seasonal Fruit and Vegetables are Cheaper
In season fruit and vegetables are cheaper to buy as farmers will be harvesting an abundance of that crop at that specific time, lowering demand.
3. Eating Seasonal Fruits and Vegetables is Good for Your Health
Produce that is purchased in season is usually fresher and higher in nutritional value. Certain antioxidants such as vitamin C, foliate and carotenes will rapidly decline when stored for periods of time.
Seasonal produce grows without too much-added assistance from pesticides and genetic modification. These toxic compounds can contaminate the water and soil as well as our health. Seasonal food is also more likely to be locally produced which reduces the load on the environment due to transport and 'food mileage'
Summer is finally here and there is so much to celebrate! Long days at the beach, backyard BBQ’s with mates, hanging by the pool, Christmas, New Year’s and let’s not forget it’s the season that some of our very favorite fruits and vegetables come into season.
Why eat seasonal fruit and vegetables?
Seasonal Summer Fruits
Melons are a light, refreshing fruit perfect for summer fruit salads and snacks. Honeydew, rockmelon, and watermelon are all in season during the summer months. 48% of all Australia melons are grown in Queensland. Western Australia and New South Wales also contribute significantly to the industry.
Stone fruits such as peaches, plums, and nectarines provide us with extra-carotenes and other carotenoids, this help protect us against sun damage. This makes them a summer fruit that isn’t just tasty and refreshing, but also protects us from the harsh summer Australian sun. Stone fruits are produced in 26 regions across Australia but dominate in Victoria and new south Wales, however, South Australia, Queensland, and Western Australia are also important to the production of most stone fruits.
In Australia, summer is one of the best times to source most berries, including blueberries, blackberries, raspberries, and strawberries. Rasberries and blueberries grow best in cooler areas such as Victoria and Tasmania and also in the mountain regions of New South Wales. They are traditionally harvested in summer and autumn. Strawberries are grown in every state of Australia. However production is concentrated in coastal regions such as the Sunshine Coast in Queensland, the Yarra Valley and the Mornington Peninsula in Victoria, Wannaroo and Albany in WA.
Grapes are a light delicious fruit that make for a fantastic summer snack. Grape season starts in November, peaks in February and comes to a close around March. Warm, dry summers provide the perfect climate for Australian growers to create world-class grapes. Major growing regions include Sunraysia and the Murray Valley in Victoria, the Riverina in NSW and South-Eastern Queensland.
The mango season starts in September and can run through to March, but the best time to buy mangos in Australia is during January and February when they are most plentiful and at their cheapest. Queensland is traditionally the mango capital as it has the ideal climate for growing this tropical fruit. The biggest mango growing regions in Queensland are Georgetown, Townsville, burdenkin, Atherton Tableland, Bowen and Bundaberg.
There are only 100 days of cherry season in Australia running from November to February. This is what makes them symbolic of the festive season down under. In New South Wales, Young is a key production area for cherries as is Orange and Bathurst. Other significant cherry growing areas include the Dandenong Ranges and Goulburn Valley near Melbourne, the Adelaide hills and the Riverland area of South Australia, the Huon Valley and Derwent Valley in Tasmania and the elevated southwest region of Western Australia.
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