May 2 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.
Red Love Apples
This special variety will capture your heart. These guys were traditionally grown in Switzerland as a result of a cross-pollination between red-fleshed and scab-resistant varieties. This crossbreeding resulted in a stunning red colour on both the outside and the inside of the fruit. Red Love apples have almost 40% more antioxidants in them compared to regular varieties and are sold as protected and trade-marked to maintain their celebrity-status.
These go great on your cheese board and provide a pop of colour – but for those with a sweet tooth look out for the Lenswood/Melba Chocolate collaboration of freeze dried red love apple slices dipped in dark chocolate.
Feeling an Asian influence in your cooking this week? Well, as Bok choy comes into season it’s the prefect time to pick some up. This crunchy, mild tasting veg is perfect for heart-warming soups, it’s fast-cooking time also makes it great for whipping up a quick dinner after a long day. Bok choy is also great for those who love low-waste foods as it can be eaten in its entirety. Look for it at your local fruit and veg shop this week!
Tired of boring, old, regular spinach? Try the slightly unique ‘Rappa’ variety! This fresh Italian spinach is commonly used in soups, and while it may look like the standard spinach you’re familiar with, it does have a slightly different flavour. This variety is a darker green and has a nuttier, more bitter taste. It’s also closely related to broccoli and so slightly resembles it in appearance. Pop some in your basket this week and try it out for yourself!
Is it hot in here? Nope! That’s just the fresh jalapeno peppers that are ripe and ready to eat. Whether they’re a household staple, or a spicy addition to a new recipe, they’re sure to light a culinary fire in you. You might be surprised to learn that jalapenos grow here in SA but it’s true! They’re in short supply this season, so make sure you pick some up before you miss out.
It seems this week is all about the unusual varieties of some old classics. Right now we’re also seeing South Australian Celeriac come into season. This root veg, closely related to celery, is super diverse and can be enjoyed in a bunch of different ways. Try it raw for great crunch and a super nutty, celery-like flavour, perfect for salads and slaws. Or try it cooked for a slightly sweet taste that’s great mashed, baked, roasted or boiled.
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.