Seasonal fruit and vegetable chart for South Africa

If you ever wondered what fruits and vegetables are in season in South Africa, then this handy guide is for you.

Seasonal fruit and vegetable chart for South Africa

 

Summer

December, January, February

Seasonal fruit and vegetable chart for South Africa

Fruits

ApplesApple and yoghurt cake
ApricotsApricot roly-poly with ginger custard
BananasFluffy banana bread
BlueberriesRicotta cakes served with blueberries and honey yoghurt
CherriesSour cherry and açaí dark chocolate bliss balls
FigsPolenta cake with crème fraîche, figs and honey
GranadillasGranadilla fridge tart with white chocolate ganache
GrapesBaked Camembert with honey-roasted grapes, almonds and puff-pastry shards
GuavasGuava jam
LitchisLitchi-mousse no-bake cheesecake
MangoesYoghurt panna cotta with mango and granadilla jelly
MelonsPawpaw, melon and blueberry cooler
Mulberries
NectarinesSpice-crusted grilled feta with nectarines
PapayasSmoked chicken and pawpaw salad with pistachio pesto
PeachesBrioche with thyme-roasted peaches and vanilla mascarpone
PearsBlack sesame stuffed pavlova with port poached pears
PineapplesBlistered pineapple, cinnamon and ginger pickle
PlumsSpinach, chickpea, Gorgonzola and pecan nut salad with grilled plums
PomegranatesGooey chocolate cake served with crème fraîche and pomegranates
RaspberriesSalted milk chocolate, cinnamon and hazelnut rocky road with ricotta and raspberries
StrawberriesRose and lemon scented no bake cheesecake stacked with strawberries
WatermelonsWatermelon and Aperol snow

 

Seasonal fruit and vegetable chart for South Africa

Vegetables

ArtichokesChargrilled artichokes with crushed garlic and orange, honey and sage butter
AsparagusWild mushroom, pancetta and asparagus cheesecake
AuberginesFragrant roasted aubergines with harissa and guacamole
Baby corn
Baby marrowBaby marrow fritters with green salsa and coconut cream
BeansLamb Chops with Marmite sauce, baby potatoes and green beans
BeetrootBeetroot and dark chocolate meringue cake
ChivesHam and cream cheese terrine with chives and mustard
Mange troutLemony cauliflower and sweet potato salad with crunchy mange tout peas
MealiesBacon-wrapped mealies topped with garlic and jalapeño butter
MushroomsGarlicky wild mushrooms on rye toast
PattypansPattypan and bulgur-wheat sushi with mango-chilli dip
PeppersStuffed peppers
RadishesPickled pink peppercorn radishes
Red onionsPickled red onions in a Caprese salad
RhubarbRhubarb tart
SpinachBasil, spinach and ricotta gnudi with red pepper and tomato sugo
TomatoesTomato and apple chutney
WatercressPickled squid, watermelon, watercress and olive tapenade salad

 

Autumn

March, April, May

Seasonal fruit and vegetable chart for South Africa

Fruits

ApplesAlmond-studded toffee apples
BlueberriesSpiced blueberry and chocolate honeycomb tart
FigsVanilla-infused figs with fresh coconut muesli
GooseberriesGooseberry-roasted pulled pork buns
GranadillasSelf-saucing granadilla, white chocolate, yoghurt and coconut puddings
GrapesWhite chocolate cake with drunken grapes
MandarinsChicken, cashew and mandarin salad
MangoesMango doughnuts
PapayasThai prawn, pawpaw and palm heart salad with a citrus dressing
PeachesPoached peach and rosé trifle
PearsCaramelised pear and vanilla-bean oats
PlumsRed velvet pancakes with poached plums
PomegranatesSmoked salmon, red onion and pomegranate salad with creamy dill dressing
StrawberriesHome-made strawberry milk
WatermelonsWatermelon pizza

Seasonal fruit and vegetable chart for South Africa

Vegetables

AuberginesPreserved aubergines with herbs
AvocadosBeetroot carpaccio with avocado salsa, salmon ribbons and walnuts
Baby marrowsBaby marrow, pepper and spinach muffins
BeansTacos with vindaloo beans, crushed avocado and charred corn
BeetrootBeetroot and chocolate cake
BroccoliChicken, broccoli and peanut-butter curry
Brussels sproutsLentil pasta with leeks and shredded Brussels sprouts
ButterbeansThree recipes with butterbeans
CabbageOuma’s cabbage frikkadels
CauliflowerSpiced coconut cauliflower rice veggie bowls with peanuts
CeleryChicken burgers with hummus and a fennel, celery and orange slaw
Hubbard squashHubbard squash slices with a cinnamon and nut crust
Mange toutLemony cauliflower and sweet potato salad with crunchy mange tout peas
LeeksWhole spanakopita with leeks and spring onion
MushroomsGarlicky wild mushrooms on rye toast
ParsnipsLemon-roasted chicken with parsnips
PeppersBroccoli with roast peppers and chilli
PersimmonsPersimmons in vanilla and grapefruit syrup with white chocolate whipped cream
RadishesGriddled sourdough with steak, marinated radish and avocado
SpinachVegan chickpea and spinach burgers with red onion chutney
Sweet peppersBaked ricotta with corn, chilli and peppers
TomatoesTomato, aubergine and parsnip stew with torn roasted tofu

 

Winter

June, July, August

Seasonal fruit and vegetable chart for South Africa

Fruits

ApplesWicked toffee-apple cake with caramel peanut-brittle buttercream and snow-white apples
DatesSpringbok shanks with dates
FigsClassic terrine with boozy figs
GooseberriesGooseberry and granadilla Pavlova
GranadillasCrêpes with pan-fried orange, pear, caramel and granadilla
GrapefruitsGrapefruit, orange and minneola stuffing
KiwifruitsKiwi fruit and cucumber granita
LimesChicken thighs with lime juice and ginger
MandarinsLinguine with mandarin, chilli and lobster sauce
NaartjiesNaartjie daiquiri
OrangesBeer, orange and spice caramel sauce
PapayasPapaya atchara
PearsCaramel-glazed poached pear bread and butter pudding
PersimmonsSpicy prawn and vegetable spring rolls with sweet persimmon and ginger dipping sauce

Seasonal fruit and vegetable chart for South Africa

Vegetables

AsparagusCrustless quiche with asparagus, goat’s cheese and basil
AvocadosCrystal spring rolls with chargrilled tuna, avocado, apple and herbs
BeetrootPan-fried rump steak with spiced salt and fresh beetroot salsa
BroccoliCreamy broccoli and gorgonzola soup with toasted walnuts
CabbageLeek, smoked chicken and cabbage soup
CauliflowerCauliflower and potato curry with peas
CeleryCaramelised carrots, celery and honey
KaleCrispy kale with chilli soya dipping sauce
LeeksGreek lentil soup
MushroomsWild mushroom tart with porcini vinaigrette and pea shoots
ParsnipsCider-battered hake with parsnip chips and crushed peas
SpinachLasagne of pumpkin, spinach, mascarpone, onion marmalade and walnuts
Sweet peppersPeppadew, roast pepper and goat’s Camembert savoury tart

 

Spring

September, October, November

Seasonal fruit and vegetable chart for South Africa

Fruits

ApplesChocolate and apple wonton pastries
ApricotsChargrilled apricots with prosciutto, buffalo mozzarella and basil
BananasRoasted banana and coconut milkshake with Amarula
BerriesShow-stopping stars and floating berries trifle
BlueberriesBlueberry and carrot bread with flavoured cream cheese
CherriesRippled cherry and Greek yoghurt parfaits with honey-roasted almonds
DatesApple, date and cinnamon achar
GooseberriesGooseberry fool
GrapesWhite chocolate mousse with red grapes
GrapefruitsGrapefruit, strawberry and mint granita
KiwifruitsStrawberry and kiwi ice-cream terrine
PapayasGranadilla jellies with papaya salsa
PeachesSpiced peach sherbet
PlumsVanilla, coconut and plum cupcakes
StrawberriesBlueberry, plum and strawberry vanilla crumble
WatermelonWatermelon pizza

Seasonal fruit and vegetable chart for South Africa

Vegetables

ArtichokesChargrilled artichokes with crushed garlic and orange, honey and sage butter
AsparagusWarm cannellini bean salad with herbs, vine tomatoes & asparagus
AuberginesAubergine, buffalo mozzarella and sun-dried tomato stack
AvocadosAvocado and yoghurt dip
Baby marrowsBaby marrow, seed and herb no-grain bread
BeansLamb Chops with Marmite sauce, baby potatoes and green beans
BeetrootBeetroot risotto
BroccoliBroccoli, cauliflower and Cheddar soup with Gruyère and chive croutons
Brussels sproutsBrussels sprouts and kale salad
CabbageCabbage and mince lasagne with yoghurt
CauliflowerSpiced, roasted cauliflower with hazelnuts and pomegranate rubies
CeleryCelery, apple, kale, spinach, lime and ginger juice
LeeksFish with baby leeks and borlotti beans
Mange toutTagliatelle with prawns, mange tout and lemon sauce
MarrowsRoast beef with carrot, horseradish, duck fat potatoes & marrows
MealiesBraai mealies with 3 different toppings
MushroomsButternut pansotti with buttery wild mushrooms, rosemary and pecan nuts
ParsnipsGinger and honey roasted baby carrots and parsnips
PeppersSummer meatloaf with roasted peppers
TomatoesSpelt pizza with heirloom tomatoes, nectarine, prosciutto and kale pesto
Turnips
WatercressRoasted beetroot, whipped chèvre, walnut sable and watercress salad

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