What’s in season for winter

Jane Dibbs
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Two sets of legs in warm clothing recline in front of a fireplace beside their cups of tea.

Winter might mean it’s cold and the days are short, but it does give us the chance to cook and eat delicious winter produce. Cooler climate-loving vegies such as beetroot, broccoli, cabbage, cauliflower, carrots, leeks, mushrooms, potatoes, pumpkin and spinach make perfect winter-warming meals. Check out our favourite three meals to have on rotation this winter:

1. Moreish mac’n’cheese

Image of cauliflower and broccoli "Mac N Cheese" served in a white ceramic dish on a marble serving board with a serving spoon and plates on the side

2. Marvellous mushroom risotto bake

Mushroom risotto bake in a large round oven proof dish with blue handles shot from above and a chunk of parmesan cheese and white cloth napkin on the side.

3. Comforting chicken cacciatore

Slow cooker chicken cacciatore recipe in a large black pot with handles served on a white cutting board with a sprinkle of basil on top and the side for serving.


More fruit and veg that are in season this winter:

Amazing apples

A red apple stuffed with granola 

The age-old saying ‘an apple a day keeps the doctor away’ is spot on.  Apples are packed with fibre, which is needed for a healthy gut. Why not try our stuffed apple snack.  If it’s a cold day, pop it in the microwave for 1 minute and add a dollop of plain yoghurt with a sprinkling of cinnamon to make a delicious dessert.  Stew up any tired apples with some sultanas for a warming dessert or snack.  Check out our stewed apples and sultana recipe. 

1 apple = 1 serve of fruit 

Astonishing avocados

Image of half an avocado on a plain white background 

Avocados are rich in healthy fats.  Did you know that avocados are the only fruit, apart from olives, to contain monounsaturated fats?  They also contain fibre, B vitamins and potassium.  Smash into guacamole, add to a burger or spread in a sandwich or wrap.

1/4 avocado or 50g = 1 serve of veg

Perfect pumpkins

Packed with nutrients like beta carotene (vitamin A), B vitamins, Vitamin C and fibre, you can use pumpkin in many ways.  Roasted, pureed into soup or in a roast pumpkin and tomato pasta sauce, baked into a scone, mashed into a pikelet or use leftovers in a roasted vegetable salad.  

2 pieces of pumpkin or half a cup cooked (75g) = 1 serve of veg 

Crunchy capsicum

Image of three slices of red capsicum on a white background

Capsicum comes in many colours and contains beta carotene (Vitamin A), B vitamins and fibre. A few capsicum strips (25g) will provide 100% of your daily recommended intake of vitamin C!  It’s delicious, cooked or raw.  Why not try throwing capsicum into a Spanish couscous or in a yummy Mexican salsa?

1 medium sized capsicum (120g) = 1.5 serves of veg 

Why you should eat local, seasonal food

  1. It’s good for the environment.
  2. Your food is fresher, more nutritious and tastes better.
  3. It supports local farmers and our economy.
  4. There is plenty of fruit and vegetables around, so they are cheaper.

Check out our winter seasonality guide:

Table with a list of fruit and vegetables that are in season during winter


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