July 4 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.
This week we say hello to local Celery which has a steady supply in the market. This humble veg can be included in a variety of dishes, Salad? Pasta Sauce? Soup? We say all of the above. Traditionally, this leafy variety was used as a medicinal plant. Historically it helped treat ailments such as toothaches, insomnia, gout, anxiety and arthritis! While Celery can be a slightly polarising vegetable, it’s versatility makes it hard to hate. Plus, their slight bitterness can always be combatted with a generous dollop of peanut butter!
Brussels sprouts are delicious and in great supply this week at the market. These green nutrient-filled vegetables are members of the cabbage family and are packed full of fibre and are a great source of vitamin C & K. Boiling, steaming, and roasting are just a few of the ways to serve brussels sprouts offering the perfect addition for those hearty winter meals.
This week we’re talking all things Clementine Mandarins when it comes to citrus. This variety came about through the cross pollination of a mandarin and a sweet orange. They’re seedless and have an easy to remove peel, which makes them great for eating on the go. The easiest way to tell the differences between a clementine mandarin and other varieties is to compare size. Clementine mandarins are the smallest variety so it’s relatively easy to tell if you’re picking up the right fruit. They’ll also have a deeper orange colour with a glossy, smooth outer layer.
Bananas are great value at the moment with excellent supply coming from the northern states. While bananas are not grown locally in South Australia, they are ripened here and help boost the local economy. This versatile fruit can be used for all meals of the day, perfect for serving on top of some warm oatmeal for breakfast or caramelising alongside vanilla ice cream for a scrumptious dessert.
Did you know that bananas naturally have serotonin!? A chemical that contributes to the happiness emotion making it the perfect choice if you’re feeling a bit down in this cold and wet weather.
Pink Lady Apples
If you like crisp and sweet apples, you’ll be delighted to know that Pink Lady apples are in great supply this week. Did you know that for an apple to be called a Pink Lady it must adhere to strict growing conditions? The apples must have the correct colour and contain a specific sugar and acid content. Pink Lady apples are one of the healthiest varieties with an average sized Pink Lady making up roughly a quarter of your daily vitamin C intake, making them a perfect addition to kid’s lunchboxes and the household fruit bowl.
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!