What's In Season For March

What's In Season For March

Autumn has arrived and many of your favourite restaurants will be coming out with new seasonal menus, if they haven't already, emphasizing subtle flavours and featuring produce such as fresh figs and wild mushrooms.

Talking desserts at this time of year, most will revolve around crunchy apples and crisp pears, perfectly prepared for the tasting. It is a time to reflect on the colder weather ahead and look back at a Summer spent at the beach, barbeques and balmy evenings...get ready Winter is on its way!

What's in Season for March

In the first month of the Autumn season, we're naturally inclined towards recipes that will warm us up during those cooler evenings. Complementing this transitionary time, when deciduous trees across the country are shedding their leaves, we turn to colourful golden produce standing out vibrantly amongst darker hued dishes.

Think of the three produce 'Ps' of the season: persimmons, pumpkins and pistachios – probably not all combined in the one dish. Build them into dishes such as a soulful bowl of Gary Mehigan's pumpkin soup, or put the slow cooker before leaving for work and come home to the aroma of lamb and pumpkin curry, served with fluffy rice, raita and mango chutney.

To accompany a morning coffee, or afternoon tea treat, try this persimmon cake recipe topped with cream cheese icing and toasted pecan nuts – you can easily swap the pecans for pistachios to complete your 'P' trio for March.

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Fruits in Season

Apples – Jonathan, Pink Lady, Red Delicious and Royal Gala; Apricots, Avocados – Fuerte and Shepard; Bananas, Berries – blueberries, raspberries and strawberries; Breadfruit, Cumquat, Custard Apples, Feijoas, Figs, Grapes, Guava, Kiwifruit, Lemons, Limes, Mangoes, Mangosteen, Melons - rockmelon and honeydew; Nectarines, Nuts – almond, chestnut, hazelnut, pistachio and walnut; Oranges – Valencia; Papaya, Passionfruit, Paw Paws, Peaches, Pears – beurre bosc, Josephine, nashi, Packham and William; Persimmon, Plums, Pomegranate, Rambutan, Rhubarb, Tamarillo and Tomatoes – truss, cherry and mini romas.

Vegetables in Season

Asian Greens – bok choy, gai lan, wonga bok and choy sum; Beans – Borlotti, butter, green and snake; Capsicum, Celery, Chilli, Cucumber, Daikon, Eggplant, Leek, Lettuce, Okra, Olives, Onions – brown, red and spring; Peas, Potato, Pumpkin, Radish, Shallots, Silverbeet, Squash, Sweet Corn, Sweet Potato, Tomato, and Zucchini.