My food philosophy is to eat local food in season.
Eating in harmony with the seasons connects us to a healthy rhythm of life. Food tastes best, at its peak, in its season. This means we enjoy a wide variety of foods and we eat them when they are at their best – flavoursome and full of vitamins.
Each new season has its produce strengths and so cooking with foods according to nature’s changing seasons allows us to vary our diet beautifully, and most importantly, it gives us something to anticipate and savour.
When selecting your fruit and vegetables select those firm to touch, heavy, well-shaped, rich in colour and smelling sweet and fresh.
So we look forward to mandarins in autumn, Fuji apples, rhubarb and quinces in winter, wonderful green and white asparagus in spring and all those red berries in summer – the seasons in which these foods are all at their peak.
This listing will help you to select produce in season and to cook accordingly.
Fruit– Apple – Bonza, Cox’s Orange Pippin, Fuji, Golden delicious, Granny Smith, Jonathan, Pink Lady, Red Delicious, Royal Gala, Snow and Sundowner; Avocado; Banana; Cumquat; Custard Apple; Dragon Fruit; Feijoas; Fig; Grapes – Purple Cornichon, Waltham Cross; Grapefruit; Kiwi Fruit; Lemon; Lime; Mandarin – Imperial; Melon – Champagne; Nashi; Oranges; Papaya (Pawpaw); Pears – Howell, Josephine, Packam, Red Sensation and William; Persimmon; Plum; Pomegranate; Quince; Rhubarb; Watermelon.
Nuts – Almonds; Chestnut; Hazelnut; Peanut; Pistacchio; Walnut.
Vegetables – Asian Greens; Avocadoes; Beans – borlotti, butter, green; Beetroot; Broccoli; Brussels Sprout; Cabbage – Purple; Capsicum; Carrot; Cauliflower; Celeriac; Celery; Chilli; Chives; Cucumber; Daikon (white radish); Eggplant; Fennel; Garlic; Ginger; Horseradish; Leek; Lettuce – Butter, Mignonette; Mushrooms – wild, field, pine and slipper jacks; Okra; Olive; Onions – brown, spring; Parsley – Snow; Parsnip; Peas; Potato; Pumpkins; Shallot; Silverbeet; Spinach; Squash; Swede; Sweet Potato; Sugar snap peas; Taro; Tomato; Turnip; Watercress; Witlof; Zucchini.
Seafood – Albacore; Arrow Squid; Australian Salmon; Banded Morwong (Deep Sea Bream); Blue Warhou; Calamari; Garfish; John Dory; King George whiting; Mullet; Octopus; Perch; Pilchards; Saw Shark; Sea Mullet; Sea Urchin; Smooth Oreo; Snapper; Southern Calamari; Southern Garfish; Sea mullet; Prawns; – king and tiger; Sand Whiting; Trevally; Western Rock Lobsters; Yellowfin Bream.
Fruit – Apples – Bonza, Braeburn, Cameo, Cox’s Orange Pippin, Fugi, Golden Delicious, Granny Smith, Lady Williams, Nashi, Pink Lady, Red Delicious; Snow, Sundowner; Banana; Cocount; Cumquat; Custard Apple; Grapefruit – yellow and pink; Grapes – Black, Waltham Cross; Feijoa; Guava; Kiwi fruit; Lemon; Lime; Mandarin – Ellendale, Imperial, Honey Murcott; Melon – Champagne; Oranges – blood, navel; Papaya (Pawpaw); Passionfruit; Pears – Beurre Bosc, Corella, Honey, Josephine, Lemon Bergamot, Packham, Red Anjou, Red Sensation, Williams, Winter Nelis, Ya Pear (version of nashi); Papaya; Persimmon; Pineapple; Pomelo; Quince; Rhubarb; Tamarillo; Tangelo.
Vegetables – Artichokes; Asian greens – bok choy, choy sum, gai laan, wonga bok; Aubergine (Eggplant); Avocado – fuerte, hass, sharwill; Beans – broad, flat, snake; Beetroot; Broccoli; Brussels Sprout; Cabbage; Carrot; Cauliflower; Celeriac; Celery; Chives; Coriander; Cucumber; Dill; Fennel; Garlic; Ginger; Horseradish; Italian parsley; Jerusalem Artichoke; Kale; Kohlrabi; Leek; Lettuce – Butter, Cos, Mignonette, Romana; Marjoram; Mustard cress; Mushroom; Okra; Olive; Onion; Parsley; Parsnip; Peas – Snow; Potato; Pumpkin; Radicchio; Rhubarb; Shallot; Silverbeet; Spinach; Swede; Sweet Potato; Spring onions; Tomato – Tom Thumb; Turnip; Watercress; Witlof; Zucchini – green and yellow.
Nuts – Chestnut; Hazelnut; Walnut.
Seafood – Abalone – greenlip; Arrow Squid; Australian Salmon; Barramundi – farmed and wild; Beche-de-mer; Blue Eye; Blue Grenadier; Blue Warehou; Crabs – Spanner; Flathead – Dusky; Grafish; Grey Mackerel; John Dory; Ling; Longfin Eel; Moreton Bay Bugs; Mullet; Murray Cod; Mussels; Orange Roughy; Pacific Oysters; Pearl Perch; Pilchards; Prawns – Banana, King and Tiger; Redfish; Sand Crabs; Sand Whiting; Scallops – Coffin Bay; Sea Mullet; Saw Shark; Snapper; Tailor; School Whiting; Southern Calamari; Trevella – Blue-eye; Trout; Warehou; Whiting; Wrasse; Yellowfin Bream; Yellowfin Whiting.
Fruits – Apples – Custard, Lady William; Bananas; ,Berries – blueberry, raspberry, strawberry; Cherry; Cumquats; Grapefruit – pink, yellow; Lemons; Limes; Loquat; Lychee; Mandarins – Ellendale, Honey Murcott; Mangoes; Melons – honeydew, rockmelon, watermelon; Oranges – blood, Seville, Valencia; Papaya; Passionfruit; Pears – Coreel; Pineapples – rough and smooth; Pomelo; Starfruit; Strawberries; Tamarillos; Tangelo; Watermelon.
Vegetables – Artichokes – globe; Asian greens – bok choy, choy sum, gai laan, wonga bok; Asparagus – green, purple, white; Avocadoes – fuerte, hass, sharwill; Baby cress; Basil; Beans – baby, broad, flat, French, green, snake; Beetroot; Broccoli; Cabbage; Carrots; Cauliflower; Celery; Chilli peppers; Chives; Choko; Coriander; Cucumber – Continental; Daikon(Chinese radish), Dill; Endive; Fennel; Garlic chives; Ginger; Leeks; Lettuce – mignonette; Mint; Mushrooms – morel; Mustard cress; Onions – salad, spring; Parsley; Parsnips; Peas – green, snow, sugar snap; Peppers – red, yellow and green; Pimentos; Potatoes – new; Pumpkin Radish; Shallots; Silverbeet; Sorrel; Spanish onions; Spinach; Spring onions; Sweet corn; Tarragon; Tomatoes; Turnips; Watercress; Zucchini; Zucchini flowers.
Nuts – Walnuts
Seafood – Eel; Ling; Longfin; Lobster – Eastern Rock; Mackerel; Moreton Bay bugs; Orange Roughy; Oysters – Pacific; Perch- golden sea; Prawns – bay, school, tiger; Redfish; River garfish; Salmon, Australian; Snapper – Golden; Spanner crabs; Trout – Coral; Whiting – King George; Yabbies – Farmed.
Fruit – Apples – Abas, Cox’s Orange Pippin; Apricots; Bananas; Berries – blackberry, blueberry, boysenberry, cranberry, gooseberry, loganberry, mulberry, raspberry, strawberry; Cumquat; Cherries- morello; Currants – red, white, black; Dragon Fruit; Feijoas, Fig; Custard apple; Grapefruit – pink and yellow; Grapes – Cardinal, Musquat, Sultana and Waltham; Guava; Kiwifruit; Lemon; Longan; Loquats; Lychee; Mango; Mangosteen; Melons – honeydew, rockmelon and watermelon; Nectarine; Oranges – Valencia; Passionfruit; Papaya – red; Peach – white; Pears – William, Red Sensation; Persimmons, Pineapple; Plum; Pomegranate; Rambutan; Rhubarb; Star Fruit; Tamarillo.
Nuts – Pistachio
Vegetables – Asparagus; Avocado – Fuerte, Hass, Sharwill; Beans – Borlotti, butter, green, runner, snake; Basil; Capsicum; Celery; Chilli; Choko; Cucumber; Daikon (white radish); Eggplant; Fennel; Leek; Lettuce; Okra; Onions- Brown, Salad and Spring; Peas – Green, Snow and Sugar Snap; Radish; Spinach; Squash; Sweetcorn; Tomatoes – cherry, red and ox heart; Watercress; Zucchini and Zucchini Flower.
Herbs – Basil; French tarragon; mint; oregano; rocket; Vietnamese mint.
Seafood – Abalone- blacklip; Arrow Squid; Banded Morwong; Bigeye Tuna; Bugs – Balmain and Moreton Bay; Crab – Blue Swimmer, mud and sand; Dory – mirror, silver; Eel; Flathead – tiger; flounder; Golden Snapper; Kingfish; Lobster – rock, western rock; Mackerel – Jack; Morwong; Oreo; Oysters – rock, south coast Sydney rock; Prawns – Bay and School; Red emperor; Salmon – Atlantic and Australian; Skipjack Tuna – bigeye; Snapper – goldband; Squid; Trevally; Tuna – bigeye, bluefin, skipjack; Trout – Coral; Whiting – King Geogre; Yabby.