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Fresh Food Club - What's in season?



"ideas on the freshest produce this season coupled with gourmet recipes for the freshest produce in town

What's fresh?

Passionfruit

Late summer yields a plentiful supply of tangy –sweet passionfruit. Choose fruit that is heavy for its size, a slightly wrinkled appearance is quite acceptable.

Peaches

You can’t go passed the tremendously good value of quality peaches and nectarines at this time of year.

Grapes

Crisp, crunchy and naturally sweet new season Sunraysia grown grapes are superb eating. The Menindee and Flame seedless are perfect for packing into a school lunch box or eating as a healthy snack.

Blackberries

Over the next few weeks is the peak time for sweet and tangy blackberries. Team with new season apples for sweet desserts or toss with peaches or nectarines for a quick dessert

Limes

Juicy limes are great at this time of year. Your local greengrocer is sure to offer specials of bulk buys. To obtain the maximum amount of juice from a lime, warm the fruit in the microwave for 30 seconds or roll firmly on the kitchen bench then juice.

Mangoes

Quality tropical tasting mangoes continue to arrive at your local greengrocer. If you’re looking for more delicious ideas for serving mangoes, in salad, salsas or desserts

Plums

Late summer to autumn is the peak season for juicy and tangy red and yellow fleshed plums

Bananas

Rich in flavour and a bargain. Smooth and creamy and rich potassium bananas are storehouse of sustained energy.

Rockmelon

Fragrant and juicy rockmelon from the Riverland of NSW are a thrifty buy.

Why not try...

Sweetcorn

Locally grown sweetcorn is one of summer's star vegetables. Add corn to salads, salsas, fritters, pasta dishes, meat patties and rices dishes for colour and sweetness.

Asian greens

Fire up your wok and toss together a quick stir-fry using economical and great tasting Asian leafy greens.

Okra

Deliciously different and so versatile okra is fabulous. Okra is excellent sautéed or fried. Very young, tender pods can be sliced, dipped in egg, breaded with corn meal and fried or try sautéing okra with corn kernels, onion and sweet peppers. Okra can also be steamed, baked, pickled, boiled or stewed

Eggplant

Eggplants are a superb buy again this week. Fresh, young eggplants do not require, disgorging (salting) unless you intend deep-frying. Cut eggplant into 1 cm slices brush with olive oil and grill until soft and golden. Use in a vegetable lasagne or add to a pizza topping.

Zucchini

Zucchini's are always a good buy in summer. Add grated zucchini to cakes, pasta sauces and meat loaf or thinly slice lengthwise and add to a salad. They are also delicious slice them in half and cook on the barbecue.

Potatoes

Potatoes from South Australia are plentiful. Whip up a tasty potato salad, made with Desiree, washed or brushed potatoes.

Snow peas

Choose firm, vibrant green snow peas and sugar snap peas this week as they are plentiful and prices have dropped.

Mushrooms

Firing up the barbie than don’t forget to cook up a few mushrooms. Apart from being perfect for vegetarian’s mushrooms are delicious served as a side dish. Best of all mushrooms fill you; all with the added benefit of being low in kilojoules

Kumera

Golden fleshed kumara tubers are excellent value. Add diced and roasted kumara to a salad, they make delicious wedges or serve roasted kumara.