Have you walked into your local fruit and veg shop lately and noticed the change in colour of fresh produce available? Autumn brings with it changes in weather, bringing new and delicious varieties of fruit and vegetables including tried and true favourites and staples, as well as a variety of unique produce for you and your family to try this Autumn.
Our pick of the week this week is Persimmon. A delicious Autumn offering, Persimmon is a sweet and delicate fruit with a subtle flavour and unique texture. With hints of vanilla and honey, Persimmon can be eaten at different stages of ripeness for either a firm texture, or a soft jelly-like flesh. Pick up some Persimmon from your local fruit and veg shop and try them in our Persimmon Salsa for a delicious accompaniment to meat or fish.
Mandarins are coming into season now, with Afourer and Imperial Mandarins available and in great supply. Mandarins are a great snack for the kids’ lunchbox or to add into your favourite Autumn salads. If you’re after a sweet snack, whip up these Salted Choc-Dipped Mandarins for a treat the entire family will love!
Deliciously sweet Figs are a delightful fruit for Autumn and are full of colour! Figs make a great accompaniment to cheese boards, salads and sandwiches. Our Fig, Pear and Goat’s Cheese Salad is as delicious as it is beautiful and is perfect for entertaining!
Kiwifruit season is just beginning with delicious fruit on offer at your local fruit and veg shop in both green and gold varieties. Kiwi fruit offers sweetness and tart flavours that is delicious in fruit salads o;r smoothies, or even as a topping on toast or muesli for a kickstart to your morning.
Navel Oranges are deliciously sweet and make the perfect snack full of Vitamin C and nutrients! Slice some oranges to take on your next picnic before the weather turns cold, or bring them along to your next football game! This Orange, Beet & Steak Salad is a tasty refreshing dish that is great for a healthy lunch or light dinner. Pick up the ingredients at your local fruit and veg shop and create a plate full of colour and flavour!
Apple season is well and truly here, with more varieties making their way to the shelves of your local store. Take your pick of a wide variety including favourites such as Granny Smith, Gala, Red and Golden Delicious and so many more! If you’re after a warming meal with an added sweet crunch, try our Sticky Pork Ribs with Apple & Pine Nut Salad.
Pears are another great Autumn staple fruit and so full of colour with a wide variety available so you can find your own favourite Pear! Take a pick from Beurre Bosc, William, Corella and many more varieties on offer at your local fruit and veg shop.
If it’s something different you’re after this week, keep an eye out for fruit such as Pomegranate, Feijoa or Custard Apples and try something new.
Autumn is all about keeping warm and celebrating the cosy flavours of seasonal produce. Make the most of spice and warmth with a delicious Walnut Carrot Cake using fresh Carrots this week. This recipe is great to have on hand and whip up when guests are coming over for the weekend to accompany morning tea.
Brussels Sprouts are finally here, with these delicious brassicas offering up much-needed nutrients for the cooler weather. Brussels Sprouts have high levels of vitamin K, vitamin C and are a great source of fibre and minerals. Brussels Sprouts taste amazing with a lot of heat added to really char and soften the leaves for a deliciously warming flavour. Try our Maple and Mustard Brussels Sprouts this week and find a new-found love for this delicious veg!
Keep an eye out for Artichoke in-store this week as the season has just begun. Artichoke has a unique flavour and is well worth the effort to prepare. Try this Mediterranean Roasted Artichoke recipe and meet your new favourite veg!
Fennel is in good supply this week and is the perfect complement to meat or seafood dishes with its light aniseed flavour. This Roasted Fennel recipe makes the most of the entire root and is a simple way to prepare Fennel. Remember to keep the fronds of your Fennel as it can be used to season or garnish your dishes.
Radicchio is full of flavour and will deliver a wonderful arrangement of colour to your meals. A variety of Chicory, Radicchio is common in Italian cuisine and has a spicy or bitter flavour that makes it a unique addition to soups, pasta, or baked dishes.
Your local Fruit and Veg shop hand select their produce from local Growers and Wholesalers at the central markets to bring you the best quality available! Pick up some of this produce and more from your local Fruit and Veg shop this week!