August 15 In Season at the Market
Buying and eating in season produce is good for your nutrition and helps the economy, our seasonal updates are here to lend a hand.
Let us inspire you with just a few of the fresh, locally grown produce now in season at the South Australia Produce Market that you will find at your local fruit and veg store.
With the cold, rainy, weather still hanging around now is a great time to pick up some Japanese pumpkin which is the perfect addition to any warm hearty winter dishes. Japanese pumpkin has a distinct dark green striped colour on the outside and features a sweet chestnut like taste which has helped this pumpkin gain a reputation for its delicious flavour. Not only is Japanese pumpkin great tasting – it is also rich in Vitamin A and antioxidants which is great for regulating your immune system and maintaining healthy skin.
The humble carrot is available all year round so what better time to shine a spotlight on our locally grown varieties harvested straight out of the Northern Adelaide Plains. Carrots are an excellent source of vitamin A, providing more than 200% of your daily requirement in just one carrot! They also double as a great natural immunity booster, which is extra important at this time of year. Add them in your next vegetable soup or roast dinner to reap the health-rewards. It doesn’t matter if they’re eaten raw, roasted, steamed or mashed.
Citrus season is still going strong with a great supply of South Australian grown mandarins still in the market. Packed full of sweet, tangy citrus flavour – mandarins are the perfect addition for school lunchboxes offering an easy to peel and seedless snack. With potassium levels similar to a banana, mandarins are rich in health-boosting compounds and can help with cardiac health by reducing blood pressure. As we make our way towards the end of the citrus season keep an eye out for some different varieties of mandarins in your local independent store!
Harvested locally in the Adelaide Hills, Kalettes are an amazing, versatile vegetable that can be eaten raw, baked, stir-fried, grilled or steamed. If you are unfamiliar with Kalettes, they are a combination of brussels sprouts and kale, providing a mild, sweet and nutty taste and are best served with a dash of olive oil and a sprinkle of salt. We are seeing great supply of Kalettes in the market so now is a great time to give them a try!
In great news we are seeing stronger supply of zucchini coming through the market after struggling through tough growing conditions recently. While many would consider zucchini a staple vegetable in their pantry, did you know that it is actually a fruit? As a variation of the summer squash, zucchini is harvested in the immature stages of growth while the seeds are still soft. Rich in fibre, zucchini can help with digestion and due to its high water content, acting as a delicious low calorie snack.
If you’d like to further deep-dive into what’s in season right now, tune into Radio Italiana 531 on the AM dial this Wednesday from 11:00am – 11:30am for a more in-depth market update with Penny from Pick a Local, Pick SA!