As school holidays draw to a close, we again turn our minds to lunchboxes and snack-sized spring fruits and vegies.
After a few false starts, supplies of blueberries have taken off and are terrific value. For a more filling snack for small tummies, mix blueberries with yoghurt and sprinkle with toasted muesli. Strawberries are still good quality, but the season is shifting to Victoria as the Queensland season is just about finished.
While the mandarin season is over for this year, there are plenty of orange varieties available. As local navels begin to phase out, look for the super sweet Valencia variety from northern New South Wales. Also keep an eye out for the gorgeous, red-fleshed blood oranges, which are fantastic in juices, cocktails, and salads.
Sliced pineapple, rockmelon, and the red and yellow pawpaw are ideal lunchbox additions; all are plentiful at the moment. But perhaps the most hotly anticipated news this week is the bumper crop of Kensington Pride mangoes arriving from the Northern Territory — it’s been an excellent season so far.
In vegies, beetroot, shallots, and silverbeet are all in abundance. Most varieties of tomatoes are still going strong, including the lunchbox-friendly cherry and grape varieties. Sweet potatoes are also good value, including the more unusual Hawaiian Sweet Potato. Peel off its white skin to reveal purple flesh and a sweeter flavour than the standard variety.
After a quick and easy way to add flavour to dinner this week? Throw in herbs such as parsley, coriander, dill, mint, basil, and rosemary — all are in excellent supply.
This week’s top pick is one of our spring favourites, asparagus, which is at its peak for the next month or two. Look for firm, bright green stalks with tight tips and eat soon after buying. To store asparagus, wrap the stalks in damp paper towel and keep inside a plastic bag in the crisper for up to three days. To prepare, snap off the woody ends and trim to your preferred size. Blanch, stir-fry or roast asparagus, or simply grill and serve topped with olive oil, lemon juice, and freshly grated parmesan.
You can buy the best of what the season has to offer at your nearest Your Local Fruit Shop. Go to www.yourlocalfruitshop.com.au to locate your closest store. Check out the Your Local Fruit Shop Facebook page for the latest news from your local fresh produce experts at https://www.facebook.com/yourlocalfruitshop
For further information, please contact Jane Schmidt, Marketing & Communications Executive, Brismark on 07 3915 4311 or via email [email protected]