What’s in Season in Autumn

13 March 2024

Autumn marks the transition from summer to winter, bringing with it cooler days and darkening nights. We reach for our warmer socks and start to crave comforting meals like soups, bakes and crumbles. It really is the perfect time of year to have something bubbling away on the stovetop or roasting in the oven.

Nature is spectacular during autumn, with foliage turning brilliant shades of red, orange and gold. Certain foods are at their best during this season, such as apples, pears, figs, mushrooms, pumpkin and a wide variety of nuts. We’ve compiled a list of produce widely available this new season, and included some recipes to inspire your own cooking journey at home.

Fruit

Avocado, apples (Fuji, golden delicious, pink lady, red delicious, sundowner), bananas, feijoa, figs, grapefruit, grapes, honeydew melon, lemons, mandarins (imperial), oranges (Valencia), pears (beurre bosc, Josephine, Packham, Williams), persimmon, pomegranate, quince, rockmelon, strawberries, watermelon.

Autumn fruit is particularly suited to stewing and baking. Fruits like apple, pear and quince hold their shape well when cooked and are complemented by warming spices like cinnamon, cassia and vanilla. Other fruits like melon are great eaten on their own, and citrus can be used to transform and elevate almost any dish. Now is also a good time of year to try your hand at making jam, marmalade or apple sauce.

Apfelstrudel (Apple Strudel)
Apfelstrudel (Apple Strudel)
A traditional European pastry, apple strudel is a delicious dessert or teatime treat. Seasonal apples are sweetened and gently spiced with our popular Apple Cake Spice, then encased in a flaky strudel dough. Serve with a light dusting of icing sugar and a generous scoop of vanilla ice cream.

Sticky Chai French Toast with Blistered Figs Sticky Chai French Toast with Blistered Figs
Looking for a twist on traditional French toast? Transform breakfast or brunch into an indulgent, elegant affair with this recipe. It makes the most of figs while they’re in season, while showcasing our well-loved ground cinnamon and Raj’s Majestic Chai Masala blend.

Pear and Almond Tart
Pear and almond tart
An autumn favourite, this simple tart looks an absolute treat and tastes even better. We can’t think of a nicer way to use up your pear bounty. Decorate with toasted slivered or flaked almonds and a light dusting of ground cinnamon. It also keeps and travels well, making it a fantastic choice for your next afternoon tea or picnic.

Mulled Apple Cider
Mulled apple cider
Family-friendly and very easy to prepare, this cider is the perfect thing to drink as the cooler weather creeps in. Our Apple Pie Tea adds a subtle sweetness with cassia and smooth vanilla bean. Pairs well with rum or whisky for the adults.

Vegetables

Beans, beetroot, brussels sprouts, bullhorn peppers, cabbage, capsicum, carrots, cauliflower, celery, celeriac, chillies, corn, cucumber, eggplant, endive, fennel, horseradish, kale, leeks, lettuce, mushrooms (field, pine, slippery jacks), onion, parsnip, peas, potatoes, pumpkin, radicchio, rhubarb, silverbeet, spinach, spring onion, squash, sweet potato, tomato, zucchini.

As the weather cools down, our ovens warm up. Autumn vegetables lend themselves well to roasting or braising. Mushrooms and brussels sprouts stand up to strong flavours, while others like leek and pumpkin are better suited to more delicate flavours.

Savoury Crepes with Mushroom and Cheese
Savoury Crepes with Mushroom and Cheese
Savoury crepes are a delicious, versatile meal option. We make the most of seasonal mushrooms, fresh thyme and our herbaceous Everyday Eggs blend in this recipe. These crepes are great served on their own, or as part of a larger spread.

Crispy Brussels Sprouts
Crispy Brussels Sprouts
Crispy, caramelised and tender all at once, these brussels sprouts will have you coming back for seconds. Incredibly simple to prepare, this recipe takes only half an hour. A great side dish to a traditional Sunday roast.

Easy Roast Pumpkin with Pumpkin Seed Pesto
Easy Roast Pumpkin with Pumpkin Seed Pesto
A very luxurious way to roast pumpkin, which makes the most of the pumpkin seeds you might ordinarily discard. Drizzled with a homemade pesto, it makes a fantastic side dish to chicken or a great base for a hearty autumn salad.

Creamy Cauliflower and Garlic Lovers’ Gratin
Creamy Cauliflower and Garlic Lovers’ Gratin
The ultimate comfort food, this gratin is made with two different types of cheese and sprinkled generously with garlic-spiked panko breadcrumbs. You can’t get much better than that!

Nuts

Almonds, chestnuts, macadamias, pistachio, walnuts

At this time of year the nut trees that blossomed in spring are dropping ripe nuts during autumn. A fresh, new season nut is something special to behold. We guarantee you’ll be able to taste the difference.

Everyday Honey and Almond Granola
Everyday Honey and Almond Granola
A delicious alternative to store-bought granola, this recipe blends rolled oats with whole almonds, olive oil and our warming Granola Spice to create crunchy clusters that pair beautifully with stewed fruit, Greek yoghurt or a drizzle of milk. Yum!

Bavarian Spiced Nuts
Bavarian Spiced Nuts
A very moreish snack of cashews, almond, pistachios, walnuts and macadamia nuts gently seasoned with French salt and our Bavarian Roast Chicken Spice. Packaged in a nice jar they also make a great gift.

Persian Love Cake
Persian Love Cake
This stunning cake is both easy to make and a good way to use up new season almonds. With earthy spices like cardamom and nutmeg, and the sweetness of orange - it’s sure to impress.

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