December 11 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.
The most common colour of cauliflower is white, but did you know that they also come in coloured varieties – purple, green and orange. Funny enough, the coloured varieties are more nutritionally valuable than their white counterpart due to a higher concentration of vitamins and other elements, and they look quite pretty too. All cauliflowers have firm florets with the same texture and a similar mild, sweet, and nutty flavour. Coloured cauliflower can be prepared the same way which can be roasted, steamed, mashed, fried, grilled, or made into rice. You can also eat all of them raw which makes for great colour and texture in summer salads.
South Australian stone fruits are in season and arriving daily at the Produce Market from the Riverland. Yellow peaches are tasting especially delicious this season and are such a versatile fruit as they can be used in fruit platters, cooked in desserts or included in your salads. As you know, peaches have a fuzzy skin which protects them from pests and the environment. Enjoyed as a summer fruit, they need plenty of sunshine to grow so enjoy these beauties during the summer months with the added health benefit of vitamin A, C, potassium and fibre
Heirloom tomatoes come in many different colours, there is red, pink, orange, yellow, white, green, purple, almost black and even streaked and stripped tomatoes too! They have a distinct look with clefts and scars and this scarring is called catfacing. This scarring is perfectly safe to eat and there are several causes which cause catfacing but the most common being exposure to cool temperatures during pollination. Heirlooms are open-pollinated which means they are pollinated out in the wide open as nature intended – bees, insects or how the wind blows – there is no intentional intervention. Heirloom tomatoes are known for their thin, tender skin and juicy flesh. Be sure to look out for these locally grown and tasty tomatoes to include in your weekly meals.
You’ll find the best produce inside your local independent fruit & veg stores. Locate your closest store here.And don’t forget to check out Pick a Local, Pick SA Facebook page for the latest news from your local fresh produce experts.