Do you want to know what fruits and vegetables are in season right now?
Seasonal fruit and vegetables are those that are more available right now because they are being harvested.

Some produce is available all year long, but others only during certain months of the year.

Restaurants will often list an item on the menu followed by(seasonal) in brackets) e.g. with avocado (seasonal).

Below is a seasonal fruit, vegetables and herbs guide for South Africa – if you have any others you would like to add to the list please comment below!

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Spring: September, October and November

Fruit

Avodados, apricots, bananas, Cape gooseberries, cherries, grapefruit, guava, kumquats, kiwi, lemons, limes, melons, mulberries, naartjies, oranges, paw paw, peaches, pineapples, plums, rhubarb, spanspek, strawberries, tomatoes, watermelons

Vegetables

Asparagus, artichoke (globe), baby marrow, beetroot, beans, broad beans, broccoli, cabbage, carrots, cauliflower, celery, courgettes, cucumber, garlic, green beans, leeks, lettuce, mushrooms, mielies, new potato, onion, parsley, parsnips, peas, potato, pumpkin, radishes, rhubarb, spinach, Swiss Chard, squash, spring onion, sweet potatoes, turnips, waterblommetjies

Herbs

Basil, bay leaves, bloody sorrel, bulb fennel, calendula, cat mint, chives, dandelion, dill, fennel, French tarragon, garden cress, garlic chives, lavender, lemon grass stems, lime leaves, marjoram, mint, nasturtiums, nettle, oreganum, parsley, rocket, rosemary, sage, sorrel, thyme

Summer: December, January and February

Fruit

Apricots, apples, bananas, berries like blue berries, strawberries, black berries & raspberries, cherries, elderberries, figs, grapes, granadillas, guava, kiwi fruit, lemons, litchis, mangoes, melons, nectarines, paw paws, peaches, pears, pineapples, plums, pomegranates, prickly pears, quince, spanspek, tree tomatoes, watermelons

Vegetables

Artichokes,, asparagus, beetroot, butternut, baby corn, brinjals, cabbage, carrots, celery, chillies, chives, courgettes or baby marrow, cucumber, garlic, green beans, lettuce, mange tout, marog, mealies, mushrooms, okra, onions, parsley, potatoes, pumpkin, radishes, rhubarb, spinach, spring onions, sweet peppers, sweet potatoes, Swiss chard, squash, turnips

Herbs

Basil, bay leaves, borage, dill, fennel, lemon grass, marjoram, mint, oreganum, rocket, rosemary, sage, thyme

Autumn: March, April and May

Fruit

Apples, avocado, bananas, figs, grapes, gooseberries, guavas, lemons, mangoes, oranges,, paw paw, peaches, pears, plums, pomegranates, pineapples, quince, spanspek, tomatoes, watermelon, winter melons

Vegetables

Artichokes, avocados, beetroot, broccoli, brinjals, brussel sprouts, cabbage, carrots, cauliflower, celery, chives, courgettes, cucumber, garlic, green beans, horseradish, kale, leeks, lettuce, mealies, mushrooms, onion, parsley, peas, parsnisps, potatoes, pumpkin, radishes, spinach, squash (gem), sweet peppers, sweet potatoes, turnips

Herbs

Basil, bay leaves, dill, fennel, marjoram, mint, oreganum, rosemary, thyme, sage

Winter: June, July and August

Fruit

Apples, avocado, bananas, gooseberries, guavas, granadilla, grapefruit, kiwi, kumquats, lemons, limes, loquats, naartjies, oranges, paw-paw, pineapples, tomato

Vegetables

Asparagus, artichokes, beetroot, broad beans, broccoli, Brussel sprouts, cabbage, carrots, cauliflower, celery, celeriac, chives, cucumber, endive, garlic, horseradish, kale, kohlrabi, leeks, lettuce, mushrooms, new potatoes, onion, parsley, parsnips, peas, peppers, potatoes, pumpkin, radishes, rhubarb Swiss chard, spinach, spring onions, squash, sweet potatoes, turnips

Herbs

Basil, bay leaves, bulb fennel, calendula, cat mint, dandelion, fennel, garlic chives, garden cress, lavender, lemon grass stems, lime leaves, marjoram, mint, mustard (green & red), nasturtiums, nettle, parsley, rocket, sage (limited), sorrel, bloody sorrel, thyme, sweet marjoram, oreganum, rosemary

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