The stereotypical idea of winter as a time of scarcity just doesn't hold true for Australia. Temperatures may be a little lower, but we don't have to change our diets all that much.
Still, there are benefits to eating fruits and vegetables in season, especially when you head to your local farmer's market for the freshest produce. You can save money, you'll be supporting local farmers, and you might even discover some new flavours.
Here's a list of Aussie fruit and veg that's currently in season from June to August, along with a couple of seasonal recipes you can try.
While some fruits are available year-round, like bananas, winter sees the return of many old favourites. These include:
- Kiwifruit (June)
- Papaya (July)
- Pear (June)
- Quince (June)
Pineapple and ginger cordial recipe
A touch of ginger adds satisfying spice to this refreshing winter cordial.
- 1 large pineapple, chopped
- 2 cups water
- 3/4 cup sugar
- 5cm ginger, thinly sliced
- Chop the pineapple into chunks and add it to a food processor or blender. Blend until smooth.
- Heat the ginger, sugar and water in a saucepan until the sugar dissolves. Bring to the boil, then simmer for 5 minutes.
- Add the pineapple juice to the pan and bring to the boil again. Simmer for a further 2 minutes.
- Strain the pineapple juice to remove the ginger and pineapple pulp, then refrigerate.
- Dilute with still or sparkling water and enjoy!
Choose your favourite winter veg for warming casseroles and stews or to accompany hearty roasts:
- Brussels sprouts
- Peas (June)
- Sweet potato
Potato and leek soup recipe
One of the most comforting of all winter soups, this is also one of the simplest to prepare.
- 5 medium potatoes, cubed
- 3 leeks, chopped
- 1 stick celery, chopped
- 3 cups chicken stock
- 300ml cream
- 100g butter
- 2 teaspoons Worcestershire sauce
- Salt and pepper
- Butter a saucepan and add the celery and leek. Cook over medium heat until the vegetables are soft.
- Add the potatoes and pour in chicken or vegetable stock. Bring to the boil, then cover and simmer for 20 minutes.
- Stir until the soup is smooth and creamy. Add Worcestershire sauce or soy sauce along with the cream and seasonings, then simmer for a few more minutes.
- Serve with optional yoghurt or sour cream.
For more winter warmers, see our cold weather casserole recipes.