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)
VEGETABLESCLICK BELOW FOR RECIPE INSPIRATION
aubergineAubergine Salad with a Yoghurt & Hummus Dressing
beetrootSummer Beetroot Salad with a Herby Pesto
broccoliRoasted Broccoli with Sesame Oil
Brussels sproutsChoucroute-style Brussels Sprouts
cabbageCabbage Pakora with Mint Chutney
cauliflowerPork Steaks on Cauliflower Mash
celeryTomato, Sausage and Bean Stew
chivesCaviar with Potato, Sour Cream and Chive
courgetteLemony Courgette and Chilli Spaghetti
endiveToast with Four Fabulous Toppings
green beansSamp & Beans, Lamb Cutlets, & Green Bean Chakalaka
horseradishVetkoek Steak Sliders with Horseradish Mayo
kalePenne Pasta with Kale Pesto
leeksLeek and Goat’s Cheese Hand Pies
mieliesBacon & Corn Chowder
mushroomsMushroom, Spinach & Gruyère Crépes
peasFresh Pea and Mint Soup with Garlic Bruschetta
parsnipsSticky Parsnips
spinachSpinach, Lamb & Feta Gözleme
sweet peppersMarinated Peppers
turnips
Seasonal Fruit and Vegetable Chart for South Africa

Autumn Fruit

(MARCH, APRIL, MAY)
FRUITCLICK BELOW FOR RECIPE INSPIRATION
applesRolled Pork Belly, Apple and Blue Cheese Stack
avocadoSalmon Tartar with Pickled Radish, Ponzu and Avo
bananasFrench Toast with Caramelised Bananas
figsFig and Caramel Cake
grapes
gooseberriesGooseberry, Mint and Vanilla Ice Cream
guavas
lemonsPreserved Lemons
mangoesMango Popsicles with Vanilla Frozen Yoghurt
orangesMini Orange and Almond Bundt Cakes with Orange Syrup
pawpawChapati with Vegan Nuggets & Pawpaw Salsa
peachesSweet Vanilla Risotto with Poached Peaches & Chocolate
pearsCaramelised Pear, Walnut & Blue Rocket Open Tart
plumsPlum & Vanilla Tarte Tatin
pomegranatesGrilled Lamb Fillet With Baba Ghanoush, Chickpeas and Pomegranate
quince
spanspekStrawberry, Melon and Parma Ham Salad
tomatoesCherry Tomato and Watermelon Gazpacho
watermelonWatermelon Crowd-Pleaser Cocktail

Seasonal Fruit and Vegetable Chart for South Africa

Winter Vegetables

(JUNE, JULY, AUGUST)
 VEGETABLE CLICK BELOW FOR RECIPE INSPIRATION
asparagusAsparagus and Poached Egg with Béarnais Sauce
artichokeJerusalem Artichoke and Sea Asparagus Tortellini
beetrootGluten-Free Chocolate and Beetroot Cake
broad beans
broccoliBeef and Broccoli Stroganoff
Brussels sproutsSmoked Pork Rashers with Creamed Leeks & Brussels Sprouts
cabbageSchnitzel Sub with Braised Cabbage
cauliflowerGrilled Cauliflower and Brussels Sprout Salad with Crushed Nuts
celeryTomato, Sausage and Bean Stew
celeriacCeleriac ‘Annas’
endiveToast with Four Fabulous Toppings
garlicRibeye with Black Garlic & Truffle
horseradishPrime Rib Roast with Smashed Potatoes & Horseradish Cream
kohlrabiPerlemoen, Kohlrabi and Sea Lettuce
leeksSmoked Pork Rashers with Creamed Leeks & Brussels Sprouts
mushroomsLinguini with Garlic & Mushrooms
parsnipsSticky Parsnips
peppersRoasted red peppers puree tagliollini with fresh Ricotta
rhubarb
Swiss chardSteamed Hake with Swiss Chard
spinachSpinach & Ricotta Patties
spring onionsNaan Chicken & Veg Pizzas with a Peanut & Hoisin Sauce
 turnips
Seasonal Fruit and Vegetable Chart for South Africa

Winter Fruit

(JUNE, JULY, AUGUST)

FRUITCLICK BELOW FOR RECIPE INSPIRATION
applesApple Crumble Cupcakes
avocadosTacos with Chilli Salsa and Guacamole
bananasBoozy Banana & Amaretto Cake
gooseberriesGooseberry, Mint and Vanilla Ice Cream
guavas
granadillasGranadilla Éclairs with White Chocolate Topping
grapefruitRuby Grapefruit Mojito
kiwi (limited)Healthy Kiwi Cooler Juice
kumquats
lemonsBlueberry Cupcake with a Lemony Icing
limesLime Quinoa Salad with Chimichurri
loquats
naartjiesNaartjie, Thyme and Marigold Cake with Walnut Praline
orangesRoast Beetroot and Orange Salad with Goats Cheese
pawpawChapati with Vegan Nuggets & Pawpaw Salsa
tomatoesSpicy Prawn-Style, Tomato & Coconut Stew with Udon Noodles

Seasonal Fruit and Vegetable Chart for South Africa

Spring Vegetables

(SEPTEMBER, OCTOBER, NOVEMBER)   
VEGETABLESCLICK BELOW FOR RECIPE INSPIRATION
asparagusAsparagus, Pea and Goats Cheese Tart
artichoke Artichoke & Feta Crème with Flatbreads
baby marrowTex-Mex Baby Marrow Chilli
beetrootSummer Beetroot Salad with a Herby Pesto Dressing
broad beans
broccoliBroccoli & Bacon Orecchiette
cabbageSchnitzel Sub with Braised Cabbage
cauliflowerPappardelle with Cauliflower Purée and Peas
celeryTomato, Sausage and Bean Stew
courgettesCourgette Cake with Lemon Mascarpone Icing
cucumberTomato, Cucumber and Avocado Gazpacho
garlicGarlic & Sage Wild Mushrooms on Toast
green beansSmoked Salmon Terrine with Sesame Green Beans
leeksMacaroni and Cheese with Caramelised Leeks
 mushroomsTagliatelle with Mushrooms, Bacon & Basil Pesto
mieliesChinese Chicken Noodle Soup with Flash-Fried Corn
parsleyGrilled Oysters with Parsley & Caperberries
parsnipsConfit Parsnip Gratin
peasPea Hummus  |  Quorn & Pea Bruschetta
rhubarb
spinachBeetroot & Baby Spinach Salad with Panko Crumbed Brie
Swiss chardSteamed Hake with Swiss Chard and Hollandaise Sauce
spring onionYellowtail 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)
FRUITCLICK BELOW FOR RECIPE INSPIRATION
avocadosChicken and Avocado Burgers with Guacamole Pesto
apricots*Nut, Apricot & Mixed Seed Loaf
blackberries*Vanilla Crème Brûlée with a Blackberry Compote
bananasFrench Toast with Caramelised Bananas
Cape gooseberryGooseberry, Mint and Vanilla Ice Cream
cherries*Cherry Beer Cake
grapefruitPineapple and Grapefruit Mojito
guava
kumquats
kiwiHealthy Kiwi Cooler Juice
lemonsLemon Curd Crème Brûlée
limesVanilla & Key Lime Tarts
melonsStrawberry, Melon and Parma Ham Salad
mulberries
naartjiesNaartjie, Thyme and Marigold Cake with Walnut Praline
orangesOrange & Chilli Glazed Chicken on Egg Noodles
pawpawChapati with Vegan Nuggets with Pawpaw Salsa
peachesRoast Duck with Poached Peaches
plums*Plum, Honey and Rosemary Upside Down Cake
raspberries*Raspberry Cheesecake Brownies
rhubarb
spanspek* Strawberry, Melon and Parma Ham Salad
strawberriesStrawberry and Cream Cheese Fold-Over Pies
tomatoesOlive 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)
VEGETABLESCLICK BELOW FOR RECIPES INSPIRATION
asparagusChargrilled Asparagus in Lemon Caper and Pistachio Butter
artichokesArtichoke and Lemon Mayo with Chicken Dippers
aubergineSmokey Aubergine & Courgette Phyllo Tart
beetrootBeetroot Ravioli with Brown Butter
butternutButternut Cakes with Crispy Bacon
cabbageStir Fried Veggie & Chicken Cabbage Parcels
celeryTomato, Sausage and Bean Stew
chilliesChuck-Chilli Potjie
chivesZesty Tuna Fishcakes with Chives & Dill
courgettesCourgette Cupcakes with Avocado Cream Cheese Icing
endiveToast with Four Fabulous Toppings
garlicRoasted Garlic with Basil & Thyme
green beansGrilled Trout on a Medley of Lemony Greens
kohlrabiPerlemoen, Kohlrabi and Sea Lettuce
mangetout
mealiesLime, Corn & Soy Chicken with Asian Slaw
mushroomsBeef & Mushroom Stout Stew with Colcannon
raddichioRadicchio, Red Peppers, Snoek Bottarga
rhubarb
spinachSpinach & Cheese Roulade
spring onionFish with Ginger, Lemon Grass and Spring Onion en Papillote
sweet peppersStuffed Peppers
Swiss chardSteamed Hake with Swiss Chard
turnips
Seasonal Fruit and Vegetable Chart for South Africa

Summer Fruit

(DECEMBER, JANUARY, FEBRUARY)
FRUITS CLICK BELOW FOR RECIPES INSPIRATION
apricotsFrozen Apricot Parfait
applesApple & Pear Crumble with Blueberry Crumble
bananasBanana & Pecan Cake with Salted Caramel
blackberriesDark 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
figsFig, Brie and Prosciutto Tartlets
grapes
granadillasSalmon with Fresh Granadilla
guavas
kiwiHealthy Kiwi Cooler Juice
lemonsCoconut Cake with Lemon & Marshmallow Icing
litchies
mangoesFrozen Mango Souffles with Coconut Cream Sauce
melonsStrawberry, Melon and Parma Ham Salad
nectarinesNectarine & Proscuitto Sticks
pawpawChapati with Vegan Nuggets & Pawpaw Salsa
peachesPeach and Frangipane Tart with Chantilly Cream
pearsPear & Gorgonzola Stuffed Pork Loin
plumsPlum & Vanilla Tarte Tatin
pomegranatesPepper and Pomegranate Salad
prickly pearsRoast Leg of Lamb with Prickly pear Basting
quince
spanspek Strawberry, Melon and Parma Ham Salad with Risoni Pasta
tomatoesToasted Green Tomato and Chilli Sandwich
watermelonWatermelon Salad

Seasonal Fruit and Vegetable Chart for South Africa

THROUGHOUT THE YEAR – Vegetables

VEGETABLESCLICK BELOW FOR RECIPE INSPIRATION
butternut Roasted Butternut with Salsa Verde
carrotsHarissa Glazed Carrots
cucumberSpinach and Snoek Paté with Cucumber
gem squashCurried Gem Squash Soup
lemonsLemon Cake  |  Lemon Buttered Chicken
lettucePreserved Purple Fig, Gorgonzola and Candied Walnut Salad
onionTomato and Onion Tarte Tatin
potatoFour Stylish Potato Salads
pumpkinCountry Pumpkin Pie
radishBeetroot Cured Salmon with Radish & Red Onion
sweet potatoPrawn Burger with Aioli and Sweet Potato Ribbons
Seasonal Fruit and Vegetable Chart for South Africa

FRUIT IN SEASON THROUGHOUT THE YEAR – Fruit

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

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