May 16 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.
Picked in the Adelaide Hills you won’t find fresher, better tasting quinces anywhere else in the country at the moment. These apple-looking fruits are rich in nutrients, aid with digestion and may even alleviate pregnancy-induced nausea! When choosing the right quince always check for a solid-feeling fruit with minimal bruises. As the fruit ripens the furry outer layer will fall off and they will be perfect for eating.
You may be surprised to know that the Fennel is actually a part of the carrot family! A completely under rated vegetable many are intimidated by the look of this unique veg, but don’t let that put you off.
Most Fennel recipes will call for the bulb which, when raw, has a crisp texture similar to celery with a fresh liquorice flavour. For some inspiration check out this Roasted Fennel recipe for an introduction to incorporating this veg into your next meal. https://www.abetterchoice.com.au/recipes/roasted-fennel/
The local Italian community will be familiar with this versatile vegetable identifiable by its distinctive dark green, almost black leaves. This superfood is high in vitamins A, C and K and is tasty steamed, braised, baked or even pan fried.
To pick the perfect Tuscan Cabbage choose firm, bright coloured leaves with a hardy stalk and store in the fridge in a snap lock bag for up to five days.
Some of the sweetest tasting watermelon is being found at the markets this week. Pick up a whole melon or ask your local fruit and veg store to cut you a wedge to include in the shopping this week, you will not be disappointed by the sweet tasting melon this time of year.
Grown in the northern Adelaide plains, this vegetable does not have to travel far before landing on the plates of metro Adelaide families. We grow some amazing cauliflower in South Australia and now is a great time to add it to the menu.
If you have never tried cauliflower mash – you will be surprised how great a substitute or change this is from the standard potato staple. Mash up the cauliflower and add some olive oil salt and pepper and let your tastebuds enjoy!
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.