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What’s in Season – Australian Seasonal Produce Guide for Autumn

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Autumn is a time of abundance when it comes to fresh produce. I love the flavours of autumn: apples, lemons, pumpkins, pears, leeks…along with the colours and temperatures this is most definitely my favourite time of the year. I always try to plan our trips down south to coincide with Autumn so that I can make the most of my favourite season.

Because there is such an abundance, it’s easy to cook with seasonal produce and create a wide variety of meals. Cooking in season means that you save money, can shop locally, the food is fresher and tastier and often healthier than cold-stored food. It’s a win all around, in other words.

Today’s post is a downloadable guide (pdf) to what’s in season over Autumn. You can put it in your household binder, with your menu plan or stick it to your fridge to help you plan meals around what’s in season.

Seasonal produce does vary from region to region, so use this as a rough guide only. For instance, the strawberry season is just ending in southern regions of Australia, so you may still be able to buy fresh, inexpensive strawberries. However in Queensland, the season ended a few months ago, so they are more expensive now (and shipped in from down south) than they were in October and November, when they were local.

Also, I’ve only included the more popular fruits and vegetables; speak with your local grower, market stall owner or greengrocer to find out what other produce is in season in your local area.

Click here to download the Australian fruit and vegetables seasonal list for Autumn (pdf).

Autumn seasonal fruit and vegetables list Australia

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8 Comments

  1. I have come to rely on your blog so much to help me choose menu ideas and making shopping lists, yours is the washing powder recipe I am about to try.
    So keep those ideas coming and thanks……..

    1. Thanks Maureen, glad to know some of the stuff here is useful. I enjoyed reading your blog the otherday – it’s a lovely community of people who share your journey with you.

  2. Great list! Autumn is my favorite time of year.
    Related to this, I have had a tonne of zucchini from my garden, and there is only so much zucchini bread/slice one can eat.
    I recently found this recipe that basically uses alot of zucchini, is very frugal (as it uses pantry items) and is delicious! I thought I would share it with you and your readers.

    Take 2 large or 3-4 medium zucchinis and use o vegetable peeler to make ribbons (lengthwise).
    Stop at the core (and use for stews or risotto base etc).
    Place ribbons in a colander over the sink/bowl with plenty of salt. Leave for 15 minutes.
    Squeeze excess moisture out, then rise salt off in water. Pat dry on tea towel/absorbent paper.

    Dressing:
    Combine 5 tablespoons of extra virgin olive oil, 6 tablespoons of vinegar ( I used red wine vinegar), one clove of finely chopped/grated garlic and salt and pepper to taste.
    Drizzle over ribbons either before serving or earlier if you want a more marinated salad.
    The original recipe then adds chopped fresh basil and shaved parmesan cheese. I used both of these as they are again staples in my garden/pantry.
    You can then add whatever you like, such as home made croutons or tinned fish/beans for a more substantial salad. I used some tale pine nuts let in my cupboard.
    This was very cheap and delicious. It also gave new life to a tired old veggie….

    As an aside I wanted to say I love you website. I find it very informative and helpful. I especially love that it is Australian, as many frugal blogs are based in the USA and whilst informative they are not so relevant due to the vast difference in the cost of living here compared to the US and non relevant ways of life where you can cost costs living in the states (i.e. couponing, loss leaders etc).
    I was wondering if you or your readers were much into foraging. I have been foraging fruit/mushrooms/nuts for years, but doing alot of research and starting to really get into this in terms of wild edibles/natives and was hoping to learn/share with fellow frugal-isters.

    1. Thanks for the recipe! I’m glad you find the site useful. I’m very particular about having Aussie content on this site for that reason, there’s lots of American stuff, but not so much stuff for Australians.

      I really want to learn about foraging, it’s been on my mind for the last six months now. I have no experience at all at the moment but it’s on my to do list – with a particular emphasis on native stuff, I think we’ve underestimated native Australian food for long enough. I really want to learn more about it, but not so sure where to start.

      A lovely lady told me about a book she wrote about edible weeds (website: http://www.edibleweeds.com.au) in Australia, but I think that most of these are introduced species (which is useful, but I’m particularly interested in natives). I read a book late last year about native foods and how they’ve been dismissed by Australians (despite the fact we gladly accept cuisines from every country in the world). It’s something I would like to explore further. My dad used to pick stuff and take it to the local land info centre, find out what it was (and if it was edible) and then make jam out of it – quondong jam, fejoa jam (very yummy!).

      I would love to hear about what you’ve learned!!

  3. Your blog came along at a time when my hubby & i had a severe shortage of money but many bills & so we took alot of advice from your blog & went about implementing them
    ………. we have put in a vegie garden and fruit trees & stopped buying premade & are cooking simple foods from scratch & i am bartering some ironing with another farmer in exchange for free range eggs!

    thankyou :)

    1. Hi Trace, that’s awesome! Hope that the website has been helpful. You sound very resourceful, I’m sure things will work out really well.

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