Seasonal Fruit and Veg Guide for July 2016

After a slow start, winter has well and truly settled in.  This month’s seasonal produce is much the same as June’s.

Eat your greens!

Check out our post about brassicas – a huge family of winter-friendly, frost-loving vegetables ranging from cauliflower to kale to bok choy – for ideas on how to get your greens this winter.

Mushrooms and truffles

There are still wild mushrooms to be found, especially in the pine forests.  It’s also truffle season, and there are some producers in the Ballarat region including Black Cat Truffles up at Wattle Flat.  Keep an eye out for them at markets and events around town over the next month or so.

Here’s another tip: if you need compost for your spring garden, order it early from Ballarat Mushroom Farm, and keep it in a cool shed. You’ll get a crop of lovely white mushrooms within a few days, which you can eat before you use the compost on your garden beds.

A rainbow of citrus

Blood and seville oranges are starting to show up in specialty greengrocers like Wilsons.  They’re a brief seasonal treat, so get them while you can!  If you’re lucky enough to have backyard citrus, you’ll know there’s plenty available right now; if not, check out the Food Is Free Laneway or your local produce swap, where you can often find lemons, cumquats, and more.  Later this month we’ll be featuring citrus on Eat Local Ballarat with an article about how to make cordial to last throughout the year, so stay tuned.

Root veg needn’t be stodgy

While we often think of baking or pureeing winter root veg, don’t forget that there are lighter options as well.  Try slivered daikon radish and carrot in a Vietnamese noodle bowl, grate colourful carrots into a salad, or try beetroot with sour cream and dill as an Eastern European inspired accompaniment to your meal.

Out of season

While we can get all almost any kind of fruit and veg year round at the supermarket, much of it comes from overseas , or it’s been in cold storage for months and months, or occasionally it’s grown in a heated greenhouse.  Some things to avoid at this time of year include most berries, stone fruits such as plums and peaches, asparagus, tomatoes, cucumbers, and zucchini.  They’ll be much better when summer comes!

Seasonal fruit and veg for July

Here’s what’s in season this month.

Vegetables:

  • Beetroot
  • Broccoli
  • Brussels sprouts
  • Cabbage
  • Carrot
  • Cauliflower
  • Celeriac
  • Celery
  • Daikon
  • Fennel
  • Kale
  • Kohlrabi
  • Leek
  • Mushrooms
  • Onions
  • Parsley
  • Parsnip
  • Potatoes
  • Silverbeet
  • Snow peas
  • Spinach
  • Spring onion
  • Turnips

Fruit:

  • Apple
  • Avocado (Hass)
  • Grapefruit
  • Kiwi
  • Lemon
  • Mandarin (Imperial)
  • Oranges (Navel)
  • Pears
  • Rhubarb

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