What’s in Season: December Picks | Blog
What’s in season: Australian summer is officially here, which means stone fruits (also known as “Summer Fruits”) are hitting their stride! Stonefruit is currently coming from Victoria and just keeps growing in size and flavour as the season progresses. Here’s our picks for the best seasonal produce to enjoy this December.
Peaches & Nectarines
Despite challenging growing conditions, white and yellow peaches and nectarines have had a strong start to the season. Early season brix levels have been much high which means sweet and juicy fruit across the board! Fruit on the trees at our orchards in the Yarra Valley is developing beautifully with picking to begin over the next few weeks.
Look for: Smooth, unblemished fruit with an appealing fresh fragrance and flesh that gives slightly when gently pressed. Stonefruits bruise easily so handle them with care.
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The first Australian apricots of the season arrived around November, and volumes are starting to pick up. Apricots are at their best in early summer and the arrival of warmer weather should see the fruit developing even more of their distinctive sweet flavour and juiciness.
Look for: Fruit that’s orange to yellow in colour with a subtle red blush.
The first plums of the season are arriving now and we’ve been seeing some great quality. Keep an eye out for more Australian-grown plums appearing in stores as the season progresses.
Look for: Fruit with deep purple-red skin and flesh ranging from yellow to deep purple (depending on variety).
With early season fruit appearing in late October/early November, Australian cherries are hitting their prime just in time for Christmas. Indications are that it will be a record season and fruit is tending to firm, crisp and sweet thanks to long hours of warm sunshine and cool clear nights. The Australian cherry season lasts just 100 days so get in quick to make the most of the high-quality fruit!
Look for: fruit that has a deep colour, and feels plump and firm with just a slight amount of give when touched.
Another successful NT mango season has drawn to a close, with harvest now commencing in North Queensland. Fruit quality has been very good and they taste sensational. Expect to see some great fruit around right through to Christmas.
Look for: yellow skin with an orange blush, but don’t look for this alone! Also go by touch, shape and smell when you’re selecting mangoes in-store.
Victorian strawberries are in season now and have been especially plump and juicy in recent weeks! Keep an eye out for the Red Rich Fruits strawberry label in stores.
Look for: fruit that looks plump and vibrant with bright to deep red colour all over and a fragrant, sweet scent.
Lemons are in season, including those on our orchards in Hoddles Creek. Volumes are slowly increasing out of Queensland with a larger influx of fruit expected over the next few weeks. Fruit quality is looking great – perfect for use in a traditional gin and tonic as the weather warms up in the lead up to Christmas!
Look for: a vibrant yellow colour, and firmness when touched, but with slight give when pressed gently as this indicates less pith.
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