December 18 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.
As South Australian stone fruits are rolling in from the Riverland, be sure to look out for great tasting apricots in your local fruit and veg store to compliment your fruit bowl. Apricots are a delicious summer fruit which is best enjoyed between November and February. They have a golden orange colour, small in size with a velvety skin and chewy flesh with a sweet and slightly tart taste. Apricots can be enjoyed as a healthy snack on their own, stewed, dried or included in many delicious desserts – who doesn’t love an apricot pie, slice or crumble to name a few desserts!
You know Christmas is near when you find these shiny red bursts of goodness in your local fruit and veg store. These beautiful tasting cherries, grown in the Riverland and Adelaide Hills are sweet and juicy, and definitely a family favourite. Supplies may be down this Christmas due to the incremental weather events – but look for South Australian grown on the shelf as only the premium fruit will be hitting our local stores. Not only are cherries great tasting but you can also enjoy the health benefits as they are a good source of vitamin C, potassium, and fibre to name a few. Be sure to enjoy delicious cherries while in season – they won’t last long!
Banana capsicum which is also known as banana pepper is a medium-sized member of the chili pepper family that has a mild, tangy taste. While typically bright yellow, it is possible for them to change to green, red, or orange as they ripen. It is often pickled, stuffed or used as a raw ingredient in foods such as sandwiches and salads. They are also great to use for a pizza topping, salsa, nachos or cheese platters. The flavour of the Banana Capsicum is not very hot and, as is the case with most peppers, its heat depends on the maturity of the pepper, with the ripest being sweeter than younger ones.
Baby spinach is a delicious leafy green vegetable that is harvested in the early stages of the plant growth with the smaller leaves producing a more tender and sweeter taste compared to mature spinach. Omelettes, green smoothies, and delicious salads are just some of the many ways you can use nutrient-rich baby spinach which is packed full of vitamins, minerals and other antioxidants which is great for your overall health!
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.