Sourcing the freshest local fruit and vegetables in Perth.

We all like to cook with the best and freshest produce, but sometimes it’s hard to know if you’re getting the best deal at the supermarket or to work out where some items come from.

The rise of cooking shows such as MasterChef have dramatically increased the general level of food education, but also blurred the lines when it comes to knowledge and demand for seasonal produce.

The fantastic dish on last night’s show was probably cooked months ago, which means the produce may well be out of season. Unfortunately, that doesn’t stop many of us trying to find that out-of-season fruit in the supermarket or demanding it on our restaurant menus. This leads to an increase in imports, and we end up purchasing an inferior product that’s travelled halfway around the world.

In these tough times it’s important to support local business. Buying local ensures better quality thorough shorter transport distances and quicker time to the shelf. Perhaps most importantly, buying local keeps your hard-earned dollars in the local economy which helps all of us in the long run.

What’s in season right now?

Summer fruits include avocados, bananas, berries, cherries, figs, grapes, mangoes, passionfruit, pineapples, peaches, strawberries and watermelons.

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Summer vegetables include beetroot, beans, broccoli, capsicums, carrots, celery, cucumbers, eggplant, mushrooms, peas, potatoes, radishes and sweet corn.

Find information about other seasonal produce at the Buy West Eat Best.

So how do I “Buy West Eat Best”?

Shopping at your local farmers market is a good way to access local produce, and get to know the people behind it.

The Buy West Eat Best program is a great way to identify quality WA produce from certified suppliers. The easiest way to spot these products is to look for the familiar WA shaped logo, which you can find on fresh food packaging.

Here’s an example of the Buy West Eat Best logo on some WA grapes…

…cage free eggs…

… and quality WA lamb.

You can see the full list of retailers that support Buy West Eat Best here, but they include some of our biggest supermarket chains including:

WA has some of the best produce available in all of Australia – if not the world – and it’s so important that we look after each other before we send our money elsewhere.

So the next time you’re shopping for fresh produce, make sure you Buy West Eat Best.

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Martin Eade
Martin has left his IT career behind to focus on his true passions of writing, photography and food. His Perth-based food blog, Morsels, covers many areas including cafe & restaurant reviews, coffee and fast food.