Valentines Day is fast approaching, so there’s no better time to treat your loved ones to beautiful fresh produce and flowers from your local fruit and veg shop! There are still plenty of summer fruits available as well as a wide variety of fresh vegetables available, with shelves fully stocked and ready for your weekend shop!
Our Pick of the Week this week is Rockmelon! Super juicy and sweet, rockmelon is a great snacking fruit that is great value and is a great fruit to share among the family. To make the most in-season Rockmelon you could use it in fruit salads or pair with custard for a sweet treat. We love using Rockmelon as a sophisticated starter in these Rockmelon and Prosciutto Skewers (perfect for a Valentines Day entree), or you could even whip up a delicious summer drink and make this Rockmelon Frose! Rockmelon is also packed with nutrients, including vitamin A, vitamin C and potassium.
Other fruits that are a great option this week are Figs, Plums, Pears and Gala variety Apples. There is also plenty of fresh Aussie citrus available, including Oranges and Limes, great for fresh summer salads like our Salman and Orange Rice Salad!
There are also plenty of great quality Grapes in stores now, perfect eaten alone as a snack, or in salads! Try out these Grape and Walnut Salad Cups for a fun little treat! There are also plenty of Blueberries and Raspberries available.
In veggies this week, pick up some beautiful eggplants, a versatile vegetable that you can grill, bake, fry and add to classic favourites, like these Eggplant and Chicken Tacos!
Fennel is a great summer vegetable, and can be used in several ways. Slice it finely and add to salads for a nice kick of anise flavour, or roast it and have as an accompaniment to meats or fish. You can even add it to pastries, like these Pork and Fennel Sausage Rolls and get the kids involved in some baking this weekend!
You will find great quality Beans, Baby Broccoli, Kale and Bean Sprouts at your Local Fruit and Veg Shop this week, all great additions to your favourite meals and a good boost of nutrition.
Corn is in good supply and is beautifully sweet and refreshing. Try using it in new ways this week, you could add it to fritters, muffins or try a new salad like our Mexican Corn Salad!
We also recommend trying out Yellow Capsicums in this week’s shop! Yellow capsicum is slightly more fruity in taste and tastes great roasted, or you could even try making Yellow Capsicum Relish. You could also pair it with great quality Squash and make a Squash Vegetable Medley, a perfect side for mid-week meals.
Head to your local Fruit and Veg shop to see this week’s seasonal produce. The best way to shop and cook is to follow the seasons, and be sure to ask your greengrocer if you have any questions about what’s in season.