Seasonal Fruit and Vegetable Chart for South Africa

Words: Jess Spiro

It’s something we’re told all the time, to eat with the seasons. But why exactly should we eat seasonally? Well, there are numerous reasons, firstly, abundance, in season produce costs much less as it’s more readily available and didn’t have to be flown from halfway across the world. Secondly, it tastes better, because it’s been ripened (hopefully) naturally by the weather conditions it’s most suited to and hasn’t been refrigerated for extended periods of time. And lastly, it offers you variety, in that different vegetables are available throughout the year. Use this Seasonal Fruit and Vegetable Chart for South Africa as a guideline and find inspiration in cooking with something new each season.

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Seasonal Fruit and Vegetable Chart for South Africa

Autumn Vegetables

(MARCH, APRIL, MAY)
VEGETABLES CLICK BELOW FOR RECIPE INSPIRATION
aubergine Aubergine Salad with a Yoghurt & Hummus Dressing
beetroot Summer Beetroot Salad with a Herby Pesto
broccoli Roasted Broccoli with Sesame Oil
Brussels sprouts Choucroute-style Brussels Sprouts
cabbage Cabbage Pakora with Mint Chutney
cauliflower Pork Steaks on Cauliflower Mash
celery Tomato, Sausage and Bean Stew
chives Caviar with Potato, Sour Cream and Chive
courgette Lemony Courgette and Chilli Spaghetti
endive Toast with Four Fabulous Toppings
green beans Samp & Beans, Lamb Cutlets, & Green Bean Chakalaka
horseradish Vetkoek Steak Sliders with Horseradish Mayo
kale Penne Pasta with Kale Pesto
leeks Leek and Goat’s Cheese Hand Pies
mielies Bacon & Corn Chowder
mushrooms Mushroom, Spinach & Gruyère Crépes
peas Fresh Pea and Mint Soup with Garlic Bruschetta
parsnips Sticky Parsnips
spinach Spinach, Lamb & Feta Gözleme
sweet peppers Marinated Peppers
turnips
Seasonal Fruit and Vegetable Chart for South Africa

Autumn Fruit

(MARCH, APRIL, MAY)
FRUIT CLICK BELOW FOR RECIPE INSPIRATION
apples Rolled Pork Belly, Apple and Blue Cheese Stack
avocado Salmon Tartar with Pickled Radish, Ponzu and Avo
bananas French Toast with Caramelised Bananas
figs Fig and Caramel Cake
grapes
gooseberries Gooseberry, Mint and Vanilla Ice Cream
guavas
lemons Preserved Lemons
mangoes Mango Popsicles with Vanilla Frozen Yoghurt
oranges Mini Orange and Almond Bundt Cakes with Orange Syrup
pawpaw Chapati with Vegan Nuggets & Pawpaw Salsa
peaches Sweet Vanilla Risotto with Poached Peaches & Chocolate
pears Caramelised Pear, Walnut & Blue Rocket Open Tart
plums Plum & Vanilla Tarte Tatin
pomegranates Grilled Lamb Fillet With Baba Ghanoush, Chickpeas and Pomegranate
quince
spanspek Strawberry, Melon and Parma Ham Salad
tomatoes Cherry Tomato and Watermelon Gazpacho
watermelon Watermelon Crowd-Pleaser Cocktail

Seasonal Fruit and Vegetable Chart for South Africa

Winter Vegetables

(JUNE, JULY, AUGUST)
 VEGETABLE  CLICK BELOW FOR RECIPE INSPIRATION
asparagus Asparagus and Poached Egg with Béarnais Sauce
artichoke Jerusalem Artichoke and Sea Asparagus Tortellini
beetroot Gluten-Free Chocolate and Beetroot Cake
broad beans
broccoli Beef and Broccoli Stroganoff
Brussels sprouts Smoked Pork Rashers with Creamed Leeks & Brussels Sprouts
cabbage Schnitzel Sub with Braised Cabbage
cauliflower Grilled Cauliflower and Brussels Sprout Salad with Crushed Nuts
celery Tomato, Sausage and Bean Stew
celeriac Celeriac ‘Annas’
endive Toast with Four Fabulous Toppings
garlic Ribeye with Black Garlic & Truffle
horseradish Prime Rib Roast with Smashed Potatoes & Horseradish Cream
kohlrabi Perlemoen, Kohlrabi and Sea Lettuce
leeks Smoked Pork Rashers with Creamed Leeks & Brussels Sprouts
mushrooms Linguini with Garlic & Mushrooms
parsnips Sticky Parsnips
peppers Roasted red peppers puree tagliollini with fresh Ricotta
rhubarb
Swiss chard Steamed Hake with Swiss Chard
spinach Spinach & Ricotta Patties
spring onions Naan Chicken & Veg Pizzas with a Peanut & Hoisin Sauce
 turnips
Seasonal Fruit and Vegetable Chart for South Africa

Winter Fruit

(JUNE, JULY, AUGUST)

FRUIT CLICK BELOW FOR RECIPE INSPIRATION
apples Apple Crumble Cupcakes
avocados Tacos with Chilli Salsa and Guacamole
bananas Boozy Banana & Amaretto Cake
gooseberries Gooseberry, Mint and Vanilla Ice Cream
guavas
granadillas Granadilla Éclairs with White Chocolate Topping
grapefruit Ruby Grapefruit Mojito
kiwi (limited) Healthy Kiwi Cooler Juice
kumquats
lemons Blueberry Cupcake with a Lemony Icing
limes Lime Quinoa Salad with Chimichurri
loquats
naartjies Naartjie, Thyme and Marigold Cake with Walnut Praline
oranges Roast Beetroot and Orange Salad with Goats Cheese
pawpaw Chapati with Vegan Nuggets & Pawpaw Salsa
tomatoes Spicy Prawn-Style, Tomato & Coconut Stew with Udon Noodles

Seasonal Fruit and Vegetable Chart for South Africa

Spring Vegetables

(SEPTEMBER, OCTOBER, NOVEMBER)   
VEGETABLES CLICK BELOW FOR RECIPE INSPIRATION
asparagus Asparagus, Pea and Goats Cheese Tart
artichoke  Artichoke & Feta Crème with Flatbreads
baby marrow Tex-Mex Baby Marrow Chilli
beetroot Summer Beetroot Salad with a Herby Pesto Dressing
broad beans
broccoli Broccoli & Bacon Orecchiette
cabbage Schnitzel Sub with Braised Cabbage
cauliflower Pappardelle with Cauliflower Purée and Peas
celery Tomato, Sausage and Bean Stew
courgettes Courgette Cake with Lemon Mascarpone Icing
cucumber Tomato, Cucumber and Avocado Gazpacho
garlic Garlic & Sage Wild Mushrooms on Toast
green beans Smoked Salmon Terrine with Sesame Green Beans
leeks Macaroni and Cheese with Caramelised Leeks
 mushrooms Tagliatelle with Mushrooms, Bacon & Basil Pesto
mielies Chinese Chicken Noodle Soup with Flash-Fried Corn
parsley Grilled Oysters with Parsley & Caperberries
parsnips Confit Parsnip Gratin
peas Pea Hummus  |  Quorn & Pea Bruschetta
rhubarb
spinach Beetroot & Baby Spinach Salad with Panko Crumbed Brie
Swiss chard Steamed Hake with Swiss Chard and Hollandaise Sauce
spring onion Yellowtail Ceviche with Lime Palm Sugar Dressing
turnips
waterblommetjies  Waterblommetjie and Pork Knuckle Soup
Seasonal Fruit and Vegetable Chart for South Africa

Spring Fruit

(SEPTEMBER, OCTOBER, NOVEMBER)
FRUIT CLICK BELOW FOR RECIPE INSPIRATION
avocados Chicken and Avocado Burgers with Guacamole Pesto
apricots* Nut, Apricot & Mixed Seed Loaf
blackberries* Vanilla Crème Brûlée with a Blackberry Compote
bananas French Toast with Caramelised Bananas
Cape gooseberry Gooseberry, Mint and Vanilla Ice Cream
cherries* Cherry Beer Cake
grapefruit Pineapple and Grapefruit Mojito
guava
kumquats
kiwi Healthy Kiwi Cooler Juice
lemons Lemon Curd Crème Brûlée
limes Vanilla & Key Lime Tarts
melons Strawberry, Melon and Parma Ham Salad
mulberries
naartjies Naartjie, Thyme and Marigold Cake with Walnut Praline
oranges Orange & Chilli Glazed Chicken on Egg Noodles
pawpaw Chapati with Vegan Nuggets with Pawpaw Salsa
peaches Roast Duck with Poached Peaches
plums* Plum, Honey and Rosemary Upside Down Cake
raspberries* Raspberry Cheesecake Brownies
rhubarb
spanspek*  Strawberry, Melon and Parma Ham Salad
strawberries Strawberry and Cream Cheese Fold-Over Pies
tomatoes Olive Oil-Poached Vine Tomatoes with Mor…
watermelons* Watermelon Salad with Pickled Red Onions

*come into season in November


Seasonal Fruit and Vegetable Chart for South Africa

Summer Vegetables

(DECEMBER, JANUARY, FEBRUARY)
VEGETABLES CLICK BELOW FOR RECIPES INSPIRATION
asparagus Chargrilled Asparagus in Lemon Caper and Pistachio Butter
artichokes Artichoke and Lemon Mayo with Chicken Dippers
aubergine Smokey Aubergine & Courgette Phyllo Tart
beetroot Beetroot Ravioli with Brown Butter
butternut Butternut Cakes with Crispy Bacon
cabbage Stir Fried Veggie & Chicken Cabbage Parcels
celery Tomato, Sausage and Bean Stew
chillies Chuck-Chilli Potjie
chives Zesty Tuna Fishcakes with Chives & Dill
courgettes Courgette Cupcakes with Avocado Cream Cheese Icing
endive Toast with Four Fabulous Toppings
garlic Roasted Garlic with Basil & Thyme
green beans Grilled Trout on a Medley of Lemony Greens
kohlrabi Perlemoen, Kohlrabi and Sea Lettuce
mangetout
mealies Lime, Corn & Soy Chicken with Asian Slaw
mushrooms Beef & Mushroom Stout Stew with Colcannon
raddichio Radicchio, Red Peppers, Snoek Bottarga
rhubarb
spinach Spinach & Cheese Roulade
spring onion Fish with Ginger, Lemon Grass and Spring Onion en Papillote
sweet peppers Stuffed Peppers
Swiss chard Steamed Hake with Swiss Chard
turnips
Seasonal Fruit and Vegetable Chart for South Africa

Summer Fruit

(DECEMBER, JANUARY, FEBRUARY)
FRUITS  CLICK BELOW FOR RECIPES INSPIRATION
apricots Frozen Apricot Parfait
apples Apple & Pear Crumble with Blueberry Crumble
bananas Banana & Pecan Cake with Salted Caramel
blackberries Dark Chocolate, Blackberries and Rhubarb
blueberries  Polenta, Blueberry and Coconut Muffins
strawberries  Strawberry and Cream Pots
cherries (1 to 2 weeks only) Savoury Pork Rillette and Fresh Cherry Fridge  Tart
elderberries
figs Fig, Brie and Prosciutto Tartlets
grapes
granadillas Salmon with Fresh Granadilla
guavas
kiwi Healthy Kiwi Cooler Juice
lemons Coconut Cake with Lemon & Marshmallow Icing
litchies
mangoes Frozen Mango Souffles with Coconut Cream Sauce
melons Strawberry, Melon and Parma Ham Salad
nectarines Nectarine & Proscuitto Sticks
pawpaw Chapati with Vegan Nuggets & Pawpaw Salsa
peaches Peach and Frangipane Tart with Chantilly Cream
pears Pear & Gorgonzola Stuffed Pork Loin
plums Plum & Vanilla Tarte Tatin
pomegranates Pepper and Pomegranate Salad
prickly pears Roast Leg of Lamb with Prickly pear Basting
quince
spanspek  Strawberry, Melon and Parma Ham Salad with Risoni Pasta
tomatoes Toasted Green Tomato and Chilli Sandwich
watermelon Watermelon Salad

Seasonal Fruit and Vegetable Chart for South Africa

THROUGHOUT THE YEAR – Vegetables

VEGETABLES CLICK BELOW FOR RECIPE INSPIRATION
butternut  Roasted Butternut with Salsa Verde
carrots Harissa Glazed Carrots
cucumber Spinach and Snoek Paté with Cucumber
gem squash Curried Gem Squash Soup
lemons Lemon Cake  |  Lemon Buttered Chicken
lettuce Preserved Purple Fig, Gorgonzola and Candied Walnut Salad
onion Tomato and Onion Tarte Tatin
potato Four Stylish Potato Salads
pumpkin Country Pumpkin Pie
radish Beetroot Cured Salmon with Radish & Red Onion
sweet potato Prawn Burger with Aioli and Sweet Potato Ribbons
Seasonal Fruit and Vegetable Chart for South Africa

FRUIT IN SEASON THROUGHOUT THE YEAR – Fruit

FRUITS CLICK BELOW FOR RECIPE INSPIRATION
bananas  Banana and Peanut Butter Smoothie
pineapple  Pineapple BBQ Spare Ribs

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