May Harvest in the Southern Hemisphere

The seasons are changing and winter is around the corner in the Southern Hemisphere.

The warm-season harvest is complete and now is the time to look ahead to the cool-season crops and fruits that will be ready soon.

If you still have beans, cauliflower, broccoli, and corn coming in from the garden, consider freezing some of these crops for winter use. Tomato puree and pasta sauces should be jarred up now and ready for those winter suppers that need a taste of summer.

The citrus harvest is on in the Southern Hemisphere. Kumquats, limes, early mandarins, late Valencia oranges, early navel oranges, and tangelos should be ready for picking now.

Other fruits ready for harvest this month include late apples, avocadoes, bananas, guavas, feijoas, early kiwifruit, olives, late passionfruit, pomegranates, late raspberries, and tamarilloes.

At the farm markets in Australia, New Zealand, South Africa, Argentina, Uruguay and Chile this month you will find the following fresh and locally harvested cool-weather vegetables: beetroot, broccoli, Brussels sprouts, carrot, celeriac, chilies, Chinese cabbage, corn, kale, lettuce, parsnip, peas, purslane, and spinach.

Written by Stephen Albert

Stephen Albert is a horticulturist, master gardener, and certified nurseryman who has taught at the University of California for more than 25 years. He holds graduate degrees from the University of California and the University of Iowa. His books include Vegetable Garden Grower’s Guide, Vegetable Garden Almanac & Planner, Tomato Grower’s Answer Book, and Kitchen Garden Grower’s Guide. His Vegetable Garden Grower’s Masterclass is available online. has more than 10 million visitors each year.

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