River Cottage Australia

Cook with This Season's Freshest Fruit and Vegetables

We're just coming out of summer and into autumn - and some might argue you this is the best time for a variety of fruit and veg! 

If you love cooking with the season's finest produce - like Paul does - follow this guide to autumn's ripest fruits and vegetables. 

It helps to keep in mind that thanks to our vast and varied nation, many regions in Australia don't experience the traditional four seasons - so it's good to check what's the best fruit and veg growing in your state.

However, this is a rough guide to what is bound to be good nationwide. 


Apples Bananas
Figs Grapes
Kiwi Fruits Lemon
Watermelon Nectarine
Peaches Pears
Persimmons Plums
Quince Tomatoes


Asparagus Beans
Beetroot Broccoli
Cabbage Carrot
Cauliflower Cucumber
Eggplant Lettuce
Mushroom Potato
Pumpkin Turnips
Spring onions Zucchini
Snow peas Sweetcorn

(Via Seasonal Food Guide Australia)

You'll often see Paul cooking with the season's best vegetables so he can source the produce fresh from his farm or local producer. Not only is it a great and sustainable way to cook - it also brings out the best flavour in the dish.

Here are some of Paul's best recipes for this season's produce: 

Pumpkin, Pear and Goats Cheese Pizza

Pumpkin and pear - two birds, one stone! Next time you're whipping up a home-made pizza, use fresh veggies (and fruit!) to make create something a bit out of the box. 

Get the recipe here

Broccoli and Walnut Cous Cous

This is apparently Paul's favourite way to eat broccoli. According to him, the "aromatic herbs, fluffy cous cous and a hit of tangy lemon, this should sway even the most vocal broccoli bashers."

Get the recipe here

Eggplant Gnocchi with Sage Burnt Butter

When the weather starts to cool down a bit, ease into it with this hearty and mouthwatering meal. 

Get the recipe here

Spit Roast Pig with Persimmon Salsa

This is one for the meat lovers! Persimmons look a bit like a tomato but are more of a sweet and tangy fruit. When they aren't ripe they can be too sour to eat - so best use them when they're in season. 

Get the recipe here

Hugh's Spiced Plum Fumble

This dessert is a cross between fool and a crumble, in which the crunchy topping is baked separately and sprinkled on at the last minute. The plums are juicy and vibrant in colour.

Get the recipe here.

Roast Quinces and Rice Pudding

It's not often you get a chance to eat the glorious quince. It is somewhat like a dark pear or peach, and is delightful with a creamy and sweet rice pudding.

Get the recipe here

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