Summer produce guide: December
Well folks, it’s not much longer until we’ll be entering the first month of Summer here in Australia.
With the increased heat and humidity, and celebrations such as Christmas and New Year’s not far off, no doubt we’ll be looking to enjoy some meals and drinks that help keep us a bit cooler during this time of the year. So without further ado, let’s take a look at what fruits and vegetables will be in season for December.
Almost all fruits are refreshing, which makes them a perfect combination for summer. As the mercury rises, having a chilled fruit salad or making yourself a mango smoothie or some freshly squeezed fruit juice of your choosing are all great ways to take the edge of summer’s oft-intense heat. Then, of course, you use them to make some delicious cocktails or mix them up with some ice cream.
Here are the fruits that really take off during December:
- Berries; particularly blackberries, blueberries, raspberries, red and white currants, and strawberries
- Oranges; particularly Valencia
When it comes to vegetables, it’s great that many of them can work both cooked and raw (think certain beans, asparagus, cucumber, and more). For Summer, and particularly events such as Christmas, a fresh salad is no doubt something you may be thinking of putting together.
But if you’ve got your home all nice and cold with the air conditioning on, then there’s no reason why you can’t cook up a nice roast or even grill up some food on the BBQ – vegetables included. Regardless of whether you’re looking at a fresh cold salad or a hearty warm meal, the following vegetables will all work a treat.
(Note: We know that tomatoes are technically a fruit, but they’re very much treated as a vegetable in the culinary world – thus why they’re included in this section.)
- Beans; particularly green, flat, butter, and snake beans
* List of in-season produce courtesy of providorsonline.com.au