Your Seasonal Fruit and Veg Guide for October 2016

Spring is sprung – though the weather is still pretty changeable, so it’s hard to believe it. We’re starting to see lots of new spring crops in the markets and greengrocers, after many months of wintry fare.  Here are some of the highlights.

Tender greens

Lettuce, spinach, Asian greens, and all kinds of delicate leafy veg are at their best right now. If it’s not quite warm enough for a salad yet, try a stir fry or stir them into soups.


For a pop of colour on your spring plate, try some radishes. Did you know the leaves are edible, too?  Radishes are great raw or, for a change, you can also roast them or ferment them.

Peas, please!

Snow peas, snap peas, and normal podded peas are happening right now. Try a pea risotto, or slice up snowpeas into a spicy eastern-inspired slaw.


Don’t be phased by the fiddly prep work – globe artichokes are a once a year treat and well worth the bother!  Try preserving them Italian-style if you want to have them throughout the year.

The full list

Here’s the complete list of what’s in season this month.


  • Artichoke (globe)
  • Asparagus
  • Beetroot
  • Bok Choy and other Asian greens
  • Broad Beans (Fava Beans)
  • Broccoli
  • Cabbage
  • Carrots
  • Celery
  • Coriander
  • Daikon
  • Fennel
  • Garlic scapes (stems)
  • Kale
  • Kohlrabi
  • Leek
  • Lettuce
  • Onions
  • Parsley
  • Peas
  • Potatoes
  • Silverbeet
  • Snow Peas
  • Spinach
  • Spring Onions


  • Apples
  • Grapefruit
  • Lemon
  • Limes
  • Mandarin
  • Oranges
  • Strawberries

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