What fruit, vegetables, herbs and spices are best to eat change depending on the season.

Here’s a list of the best foods to eat in the Australian summer months (December – February) to ensure you’re getting the most bang for your buck at the supermarket.

Of course, a lot of the below can be purchased at any time of year, but now is when they’re at their peak quality, and you’re likely to find most of them grown in Australia.

FYI: generally the fruits and veg in season will be cheaper to purchase at the supermarket as they’re in surplus.

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Summer Fruits

These are the fruits you’ll want to look for on your summer grocery shops.

As you can see berries, citrus, stone fruit are some of the most in-season options.


  • apple
  • apricot
  • banana
  • blackberries
  • blueberries
  • boysenberries
  • cantaloupe
  • cherries
  • currants
  • fig
  • grapefruit
  • grapes
  • honeydew
  • lemon
  • loganberries
  • lychee
  • mango
  • nectarine
  • orange (variety: valencia)
  • passionfruit
  • peach
  • pear (varieties: william, bartlett)
  • plum
  • pineapple
  • raspberries
  • rhubarb
  • strawberries
  • watermelon
summer vegetables

Summer Vegetables

There is a great variety of veggies to choose from throughout the warmer months.


  • asparagus
  • avocado
  • beans (varieties: green, butter)
  • beetroot
  • cabbage
  • capsicum
  • carrot
  • celery
  • corn
  • cucumber
  • daikon
  • eggplant
  • leek
  • lettuce
  • okra
  • onion
  • spring onion
  • peas (varieties: green, snow, sugar snap)
  • potato
  • radish
  • shallot
  • silverbeet
  • squash
  • tomato
  • watercress
  • zucchini
  • zucchini flower


While we’re on the topic of summer, here are 3 calorie-friendly cocktails you’ll love sipping on while the sun shines!