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Eating with the seasons is one of the most natural things on earth.

But with supermarkets offering air freighted foods, artificially preserved foods and farmers growing using unnatural methods to extended their seasons it can be difficult to tell what is seasonal food anymore?

Here we attempt to provide a seasonal calendar for the Western Cape in South Africa. It’s not perfect but will give a good guideline for seasonal eating.

If you are looking for a supplier or organic, seasonal, fresh fruit and vegetables (plus other foods and organic cleaners etc.) then head over to www.ethical.org.za You can quickly order online for delivery in Cape Town or anywhere in South Africa for non perishables.

Please note: earthshine does not sell fresh fruit and vegetables, just delicious raw foods and equipment!

Remember, eating seasonally is best for nutrition and flavour as produce is in peak condition and properly ripe, you also get the best possible prices. Seasonal eating is also best for the planet too, avoiding long distance transport or air freighting, and all the costs of storage etc.

We hope this list will inspire and inform so you can make better, tastier choices.

January

Vegetables: asparagus, baby butternut, baby corn, green beans, mange tout, beetroot, sweet peppers, baby corn, carrots, chives, courgettes, cucumber, brinjal, endive [limited supply], garlic, lettuce, mushrooms, onion, parsley, potatoes, pumpkin, radishes, radicchio. spinach, squash, Italian tomatoes, table celery

Fruit: all berries, apricots, figs, granadillas, nectarines, peaches, plums, bananas, lemons, litchis, mangoes, nectarines, peaches, pears, pineapples, prickly pears, grapes, watermelons, honeydew melons, kiwi fruit

Herbs: mint, sage, thyme, marjoram, oreganum, basil, rosemary, fennel, dill, bay leaves, winter summer savoury, borage, rocket, lemon grass

February

Vegetables: asparagus, green beans, beetroot, sweet peppers, carrots, cabbage, chives, courgettes, cucumber, brinjal, endive, [limited supply] garlic, lettuce, mealies, mushrooms, onion, parsley, potatoes, pumpkin, radishes, spinach, squash, sweet potatoes, tomatoes, turnips

Fruit: apples top red, starking, golden delicious, Royal Gala end of Feb, figs mid Feb, nectarines, peaches, pears, plums, pomegramates, bananas, lemons, mangoes, melons, pineapples, prickly pears, grapes, spanspek, watermelon, granadillas, all berries.

Herbs: mint, sage, thyme, marjoram, oreganum, basil, rosemary, fennel, dill, bay leaves.

March

Vegetables: . avocardos starting, green beans, beetroot, cabbage, sweet peppers, carrots, celery, chives, courgettes, cucumber, brinjal, endive-limited supply, leeks, garlic, lettuce, mealies, mushrooms, onion, parsley, potatoes, pumpkin, radishes, spinach, squash, sweet potatoes, tomatoes, turnips

Fruit: apples end of March Granny Smith, Royal Gala, bananas; avocados, figs,
peaches, pears, plums, pomegranates, quince, lemons, grapefruit-imported, mangoes, pineapples, grapes, spanspek, watermelon

Herbs: mint, sage, thyme, marjoram, oreganum, basil, rosemary, dill, bay leaves.

April

Vegetables: jerusalem artichokes, green beans, beetroot, broccoli, cabbage, cauliflower, sweet peppers, carrots, celery, chives, courgettes, cucumber, brinajl, endive-limited supply, leeks, garlic-scarce, lettuce, mealies, mushrooms, onion, parsley, parsnips, potatoes, pumpkin, radishes, spinach, squash, sweet potatoes, tomatoes, turnips

Fruit: apples granny smith, fuji-mid April, pears, avocados, bananas, lemons, grapefruit-imported, grapes, gooseberry; pineapples winter melons; pomegranates

Herbs: mint, sage, thyme, marjoram, oreganum, rosemary, bay leaves

May

Vegetables: jerusalem artichokes, green beans, beetroot, broccoli, brussels sprouts, cabbage, sweet peppers, carrots, cauliflower, celery, chives, courgettes, cucumber, endive, horseradish-limited, kale, leeks, garlic-scarce, lettuce, mushrooms, onion, parsley, parsnips, potatoes, pumpkin, radishes, spinach, gem squash, sweet potatoes, tomatoes, turnips, peas

Fruit: avocados, bananas, oranges, lemons, grapefruit-imported, guavas, paw-paw, pineapples, Cape gooseberry, pecan nuts

Herbs: mint, sage, thyme, marjoram, oreganum, rosemary, fennel, bay leaves

June

Vegetables: jerusalem artichokes, beetroot, broccoli, brussels sprouts, cabbage, carrots, cauliflower, celery, chives, cucumber, endive, horseradish, kale, leeks, garlic-scarce, lettuce, mushrooms, onion, parsley, parsnips, potatoes, pumpkin, radishes, spinach, squash, sweet potatoes, turnips, peas

Fruit: avocado, bananas, orange, lemons, grapefruit, naartjies, limes, guavas, paw-paw, pineapples, Cape gooseberries, granadilla, kiwi-limited, rhubarb, apples

Herbs: mint, sage, thyme, marjoram, oreganum, rosemary, fennel, bay leaves

July

Vegetables: beetroot, broad beans, broccoli, black radish, Japanese white radish-daikon, brussel sprouts, cabbage, carrots, cauliflower, celery, celeriac, endive, horseradish, kale-red russian, kale-black cavolo nero, kohlrabi, leeks, garlic-scarce, lettuce, mushrooms, onion, parsley, parsnips, peppers, potatoes, pumpkin, radishes, swiss chard, spring onion, gem squash, sweet potatoes, tomatoes, tatsoi, pak choi, turnips, peas

Fruit: avocado, bananas, oranges, lemons, grapefruit, naartjies, kumquats, guavas, paw-paw, pineapples, Cape gooseberry, granadillas, kiwi, apples

Herbs: mint, sage, thyme, sweet marjoram, oreganum, rosemary, fennel, bay leaves, lavender, parsley, dandelion, nasturtiums, garlic chives, winter savoury, calendula, nettle, rocket, sage-limited, bulb fennel, perennial basil, sorrel, bloody sorrel, lemon grass stems, lime leaves, cat mint, green & red mustard, garden cress

August

Vegetables: asparagus, beetroot, broad beans, broccoli, black radish, Japanese white radish-daikon, brussel sprouts, cabbage, carrots, cauliflower, celery, celeriac, cucumber, endive, horseradish, kale, leeks, garlic-scarce, lettuce, mushrooms, new potatoes, onion, parsley, parsnips, peas, potatoes, pumpkin, radishes, spring onion, Swiss Chard, squash, sweet potatoes, tomatoes, tatsoi, pak choi, turnips

Fruit: avocado, bananas, oranges, lemons, grapefruit, naartjies, limes, tangelo-limited, kumquat, guava, loquats, paw-paw, pineapples, cape gooseberries, granadilla, kiwi,

Herbs: mint, sage, thyme, marjoram, oreganum, rosemary, fennel, bay leaves, lavender, parsley, dandelion, nasturtiums, garlic chives, winter savoury, calendula, nettle, rocket, sage-limited, bulb fennel, perennial basil, sorrel, bloody sorrel, lemon grass stems, lime leaves, cat mint, green & red mustard, garden cress

September

Vegetables: asparagus, artichokes, beetroot, broad beans, broccoli, black radish, japanese white radish-daikon, cabbage, carrots, cauliflower, celery, cucumber, endive-limited, leeks, garlic, lettuce, mushrooms, new potato, onion, parsley, parsnips, peas, potato, pumpkin, radishes, rhubarb, swiss chard, squash, spring onion, sweet potatoes, tatsoi, pak choi, tomatoes, turnips, waterblommetjies

Fruit: mulberries, avocados, bananas, cape gooseberries, oranges, lemons, grapefruit, naartjies, limes, tangelo-limited, kumquats, guava, paw paw, pineapple, kiwi, rhubarb

Herbs: mint, sage, thyme, rosemary, fennel, french tarragon-limited, bay leaves, lavender, parsley, dandelion, nasturtiums, garlic chives, winter savoury, calendula, , nettle, rocket, sage-limited, bulb fennel, perennial basil, sorrel, bloody sorrel, lemon grass stems, lime leaves, cat mint, green & red mustard, garden cress

October

Vegetables: globe artichoke, beetroot, green beans, broccoli, cabbage, carrots, cauliflower, celery, chives, courgettes, cucumber, endive-limited, leeks, garlic, lettuce, mealies, mushrooms, onion, parsley, parsnips, peas, potatoes, pumpkin, radishes, spinach, squash, sweet potatoes, tomatoes, turnips, waterblommetjies

Fuit: apricots, mulberries, bananas, oranges, lemons, grapefruit, naartjies, guava, paw-paw, pineapples, kiwi, rhubarb, strawberries

November

Vegetables: asparagus, baby marrows, beans, carrots, cauliflower, cucumbers, globe artichokes, leeks, peas, spinach

Fruit: almonds, apricots, avocados, cherries, guavas, paw-paw, peaches, pineapples, plums, spanspek, strawberries, watermelons, melons

Herbs: mint, sage, thyme, marjoram, oreganum, basil, rosemary, fennel, dill, bay leaves

December

Vegetables: globe artichokes, green beans, sweet peppers, carrots, chives, courgettes, cucumber, brinjal, endive-limited, garlic, lettuce mealies, mushrooms, onion, parsley, potato, pumpkin, radishes, spinach, squash, sweet potatoes, tomatoes

Fruit: cherries-one or two weeks only, figs, nectarines, peaches, plums, bananas, lemons, litchis, mango, paw paw, pineapples, spanspek, water, melons, rhubarb.

Herbs: mint, sage, thyme, marjoram, oreganum, basil, rosemary, fennel, dill, bay leaves