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What's in season for Autumn

Fresh Market Update helps you discover which fruit and vegetables are in season in Australia. See what's in abundance and great value.

Pumpkin

Pumpkins

Pumpkins boast a mild, creamy taste with a distinctive hint of nuttiness and can be blitzed, baked or grilled. Look for smooth, blemish-free skin and give the vegetable a knock with your knuckle: a healthy pumpkin will produce a solid sound, like a wooden door.                                                                                                                                                                                                                               

Brown onions

Onions

So many recipes start with onion, and autumn is the optimal time of year to make the most of this bountable bulb. Whether pickled, fried, caramelised or enjoyed raw, onion can be enjoyed in so many ways. Brown onions are a pantry staple due to their stronger flavour that’s ideal for cooking.                                                                                                                                                                          

Raspberries

Raspberries

With their signature tartness, Australian raspberries are unbeatable served fresh, but they’re also marvellous in a crumble, muffins or summer pudding. However you serve them, make sure you eat them a couple of days after purchase when they’re at their best. If you leave them too long, simply cook them briefly with sugar and a little lemon zest for a sauce to serve with something sweet.

Red apples

Apples

There’s a variety of apples to choose from this season, from rosy Pink Lady and Royal Gala to Jazz, Envy, Kanzi and crisp, green Granny Smith. But don’t just stop at popping a fresh one into the lunch box for a healthier snack – apples are incredibly versatile in cooking, too.                                                            

Red capsicums

Capsicums

Cut off the stalk, remove the seeds and get stuck into these sweet, juicy and refreshing veggies. Capsicums are delicious roasted, stuffed, grilled or even turned into a dip. Look for capsicums that are firm and glossy with a uniform colour. Store them in the crisper drawer of your fridge for ultimate freshness.     

Lemons

Lemons

When choosing lemons, select ones that are vibrant in colour, firm and feel heavy for their size with a pleasant citrus scent. Lemons are great for adding a zesty burst of flavour to pasta bakes, drizzled over fish or even sliced in a refreshing drink.                                                                                                                          

Cabbage

Cabbage

Distinguished by its coarse, ruffled leaves, cabbage is a leafy vegetable suited to be curried, sautéed, blanched, pickled or fermented to make sauerkraut. Raw cabbage leaves can also be used instead of flour tortillas or wraps. Varieties include savoy, wombok, red and green cabbage.                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                       

Avocado

Avocado

Unlike the Hass avocado, the Shepard’s smooth skin stays green when ripe but its firm flesh is just as rich and buttery with a nuttier flavour. For a simple snack or starter, halve the avocado lengthways, remove the stone, fill the indent with vinaigrette dressing and eat the flesh with a spoon. Slice or mash avocado for sandwiches, to enjoy on crackers or toast, or to add to a creamy contrast to crunchy veggies and toasted seeds in salads.                                                                                              

Coriander

Coriander

While well known for its use in Southeast Asian recipes – think Thai or Vietnamese salads, stir-fries and curries – this soft herb is popular in Middle Eastern, Indian, Mexican and Spanish cooking, too. With its slightly citrussy, peppery flavour and scent, coriander adds zing to vegetable, seafood, chicken, lamb, beef and pork dishes. Look for unblemished, firm leaves and stalks when selecting your bunch, then store it wrapped unwashed in a paper towel in a reusable bag or container in the fridge.

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Supply interuptions

Find out the latest supply updates and impacts on fruit and vegetables, as we work closely with our growers to return supply to normal as quickly as possible.

Grapes

Grapes

Due to excessive heat throughout the growing period, the WA grape season has come to an early end.                                                                                                                                                                                                                            

Blueberries

Blueberries

As the growing season for blueberries transitions between regions, we are seeing a natural gap in supply. There will be limited availability in stores until mid-late June.                                                                                                             

Sweet corn

Sweet corn

Due to a mixture of heavy rain followed by heat in the growing regions, sweet corn supply and quality is being impacted. We are working with our growers to secure supply as quickly as possible.                                                               

Grapes

Strawberries

Due to cool, overcast and wet conditions in the growing regions, we are experiencing some shortages of strawberries. We are working closely with our growers and expect supply to improve by early June.                                                            

Sweet corn

Capsicums

Due to poor weather in the growing regions, we are experiencing some shortages on capsicums. We are working closely with our growers to return to full supply as soon as possible.                                 

Blackberries

Blackberries

Blackberries will be in limited supply due to unfavourable weather conditions in the growing regions including rain and overcast which has delayed the crops.We expect supply to improve early-mid June.                            

Grapes

Strawberries

Due to cool, overcast and wet conditions in the growing regions, we are experiencing some shortages of strawberries. We are working closely with our growers and expect supply to improve by early June.

Sweet corn

Capsicums

Due to poor weather in the growing regions, we are experiencing some shortages on capsicums. We are working closely with our growers to return to full supply as soon as possible.                                               

Blackberries

Blackberries

Blackberries will be in limited supply due to unfavourable weather conditions in the growing regions including rain and overcast which has delayed the crops.We expect supply to improve early-mid June.