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Your Seasonal Fruit and Veg Guide for November 2016

What a great time of year it is for fresh produce!  Spring is really ramping up and there’s all kinds of green things in our gardens and markets.

Artichokes

Although they have a reputation for being fiddly to prepare, artichokes are pretty quick and painless once you know how to handle them. They’re fantastic in all kinds of Mediterranean dishes, from pasta to veg-centric braises, or whiz them up with some cannelini beans for a seasonal dip.

Asparagus

Asparagus season peaks in November and what a wonderful month it is! Asparagus is sweetest when it’s fresh from the garden, so make friends with someone who grows their own or buy from a farmers market, where you can be sure the asparagus were picked not too long before.  Supermarket asparagus can be quite old and stringy by comparison!

Lettuce

It might seem ordinary, but spring is the time to enjoy the best lettuce, before summer’s heat makes it harder to grow them.  They’re tender and colourful right now.  To get the freshest and most flavourful lettuce, buy whole heads instead of the pre-washed leaves (which might have been sitting for weeks in their oxygen-deprived bags). Break them apart, give them a good rinse in a sinkful of cold water, then roll them loosely in a teatowel before storing in your crisper compartment.

What’s in season in November

Here’s what to buy – or enjoy from your garden – this month.

Vegetables:

  • Artichokes
  • Asparagus
  • Beetroot
  • Bok Choy and other Asian greens
  • Broad Beans (Fava Beans)
  • Broccoli
  • Cabbage
  • Carrot
  • Celery
  • Coriander
  • Daikon
  • Fennel
  • Kohlrabi
  • Lettuce
  • Leek
  • Mint
  • Mushrooms
  • Onions
  • Parsley
  • Peas
  • Radish
  • Silverbeet
  • Snow peas
  • Spinach
  • Spring onion
  • Sugar Snap Peas

Fruit:

  • Grapefruit
  • Lemon
  • Lime
  • Mandarin (Imperial)
  • Oranges (Valencia)
  • Rhubarb
  • Strawberry

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