Autumn in South Africa: Recipes for Cooking Seasonally

Words: Emma Nkunzana

The telltale signs of autumn in South Africa are upon us; the mornings are becoming slightly darker and colder and our sunsets shorter. Even though we’re saying goodbye to summer, there’s plenty to look forward in the kitchen with the bountiful seasonal fruit and vegetables of autumn. We’ve rounded up our favourite autumn recipes that make the most of the cooler weather and of course the ingredients that are in season.

Seasonal Veg: Aubergine (Brinjal/Eggplant)

Bringal, aubergine, eggplant, no matter what you call it, we love it. So versatile and so yum!

Autumn in South Africa roasted baby aubergines lentils
Autumn in South Africa aubergine salad

Baby Aubergine with Lentils Pomegranate & Chevin Dressing

Aubergines are so versatile, we really love them! Roast, grill or fry – they are a great meaty alternative if you are looking for a veg with some oomph.

Recipe for Baby Aubergine with Lentils Pomegranate & Chevin Dressing

Aubergine Salad with Yoghurt Hummus Dressing

If you find yourself yearning for summer, this seasonal salad should quell your nostalgia.

Recipe for Aubergine Salad with Yoghurt Hummus Dressing


Seasonal Veg: Beetroot

The earthy flavour of beetroot makes it perfect for autumn eating. Also an incredibly versatile vegetable that can be used in so many ways.

Autumn in South Africa beetroot ravioli
Autumn in South Africa gluten free chocolate beetroot cake

Beetroot Ravioli with Brown Butter & Poppy Seeds

There’s something about the colder months that make it more acceptable to eat carbs. This beetroot and ricotta ravioli is so good slathered in decadent brown butter sauce.

Recipe for Beetroot Ravioli with Brown Butter & Poppy Seeds

Gluten Free Chocolate Beetroot Cake

A recipe that allows us to feed our indulgence without the guilt.

Recipe for Gluten Free Chocolate Beetroot Cake


Seasonal Veg: Broccoli

Don’t be afraid of this green veg. Packed full of flavour and health benefits.

Autumn in South Africa charred broccoli and baby gem salad
Autumn in South Africa broccoli chickpea bhajis smashed avo

Charred Broccoli & Baby Gem Salad

With winter just around the corner now’s the time to kick-start your immune system, and what better way than a bowl of flu-fighting greens.

Recipe for Charred Broccoli & Baby Gem Salad

Broccoli & Chickpea Bhajis

A take on traditional bhajis using broccoli and chickpeas instead of onion and served with creamy avo.

Recipe for Broccoli & Chickpea Bhajis


Seasonal Veg: Cabbage and Cauliflower

Cabbage is seriously underrated; we love it raw, in salads, or cooked – and there are so many ways to use it. Cauliflower has become so popular of late and with good reason – versatile and yummy!

Autumn in South Africa cabbage pakora
Autumn in South Africa pork steaks cauliflower mash

Cabbage Pakora with Mint Chutney

Throw an autumn dinner party and serve these pakoras as a starter.

Recipe for Cabbage Pakora with Mint Chutney

Pork Steaks on Cauliflower Mash

Special shout out to the banters,  now you can eat cauliflower to your heart’s content!

Recipe for Pork Steaks on Cauliflower Mash


Seasonal Veg: Kale and Peas

Kale is a real superfood veg and should be a part of everyone’s diet. It also works incredibly well served raw or cooked. Peas are another one of our favourite veggies and add colour and a bit of sweetness to a dish.

Autumn in South Africa pea and mint soup
Autumn in South Africa kale penne pasta

Fresh Pea & Mint Soup with Garlic Bruschetta

The perfect in-between seasonal soup.

Recipe for Pea & Mint Soup

Penne Pasta with Kale Pesto

Trust us, you’re going to want to make a double batch of this pesto, kale has never tasted so good.

Recipe for Penne Pasta with Kale Pesto


Seasonal Veg: Mushrooms

What’s not to love about mushrooms? There are so many different types and they are all delicious in their own way. Mushrooms add meatiness and umami flavour to any dish.

Autumn in South Africa creamy mushrooms toast
Autumn in South Africa penne pasta with mushrooms and gammon

Creamy Penne Pasta with Mushrooms & Gammon

The damper, cooler weather is perfect for some shroom picking. We love mushrooms as a stand-alone dish or thrown into this pasta recipe.

Recipe Creamy Penne Pasta with Mushroom & Gammon

Creamy Mushrooms on Toast

There’s never a bad moment for mushrooms on toast.

Recipe for Creamy Mushrooms on Toast


Seasonal Fruit: Avocado

Ah the avo… probably one of the most hardworking fruits out there. Full of health benefits, so tasty and so incredibly versatile. We think this might just be our favourite….

Autumn in South Africa chargrilled asparagus and avocado salad
Autumn in South Africa courgette cupcakes

Chargrilled Asparagus & Avocado Salad with Prawns

Another reason we love autumn and seasonal shopping… affordable AVO!

Recipe for Chargrilled Asparagus & Avocado Salad with Prawns

Courgette Cupcakes with Avocado Cream Cheese Icing

Another reason we love avos, they can be used in a sweet or savoury dish.

Recipe for Courgette Cupcakes with Avocado Cream Cheese Icing


Seasonal Fruit: Plums

Sweet plums are in abundence in autumn and the great news is they can be used in sweet or savoury dishes.

Autumn in South Africa indonesian short ribs with plums
Autumn in South Africa baked plums spiced ginger biscuit crumble

Indonesian Short Ribs with Plums

Biting into stone fruits just has this way of saying, ‘Hello, welcome to autumn!’. They’re the perfect balance between sweet and sour, making them great for savoury and dessert dishes.

Recipe for Indonesian Short Ribs with Plums

Baked Plums with Spiced Ginger Biscuit Crumble

Cost effective, easy to make and sure to be please a crowd. This plum recipe is all you need to end the night off.

Recipe for Baked Plums with Spiced Ginger Biscuit Crumble


Seasonal Fruit: Peaches and Oranges

Both great autumn fruits that can be enjoyed on their own or in a recipe for something delicious.

Autumn in South Africa Peach & Frangipane Tart
Autumn in South Africa mini almond bundt cake

Peach & Frangipane Tart

Forget strawberries and cream, bring out the peaches for this frangipane tart.

Recipe for Peach & Frangipane Tart

Mini Orange Almond Bundt Cakes with Orange Syrup

These mini bundt cakes will brighten up any day!

Recipe for Mini Orange Almond Bundt Cake with Orange Syrup


Seasonal Fruit: Apples and Carrots

We’re lucky enough that carrots are available pretty much year round, and certain apples are at their prime right now too. Just in time for delish autumn baking.

Classic Carrot Cake

There’s very little not to love about this cake…

Recipe for Classic Carrot Cake

Apple Muffins with Macadamia Streusel

Perfect for mornings, tea time, afternoon snacks, pretty much anytime!

Recipe for Apple Muffins with Macadamia Streusel

Loved these seasonal recipes? Check out our seasonal fruit and veggie chart so you know what’s in season when.

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