As spring nears its end, your local fruit and veg shops are brimming with an enticing variety of fresh produce. Take a culinary journey with these seasonal favourites and get inspired by all this delicious produce!
The beginning of cherries heralds the conclusion of spring and the beginning of Summer! Select plump cherries with stems intact for freshness and store them in the refrigerator for up to a week. Indulge in the luscious flavours of a cherry slice—a perfect tribute to their rich sweetness.
Ripe mangoes infuse a tropical twist into your meals. Choose mangoes that yield slightly to gentle pressure and have a sweet aroma near the stem. Try this tantalizing Mango Curry Chicken—a delightful fusion of spices and sweetness for a unique dining experience at home!
Quench your thirst on warm late spring afternoons with a refreshing glass of peach iced tea, capturing the essence of summer with delicious white and yellow-fleshed peaches from your local fruit and veg shop. Look for fragrant, slightly soft peaches that give in gently when pressed.
Apricots and nectarines offer a tantalizing preview of the upcoming summer. Opt for fragrant, slightly soft apricots and nectarines, avoiding any signs of bruising. Use these juicy fruits in a delightful apricot or nectarine tart.
Indulge in a flavoursome spinach this week and whip up these delicious spinach & mushroom mini-quiches. Select spinach with crisp, vibrant leaves and avoid wilted bunches. Incorporate the earthy notes of spinach and the rich texture of mushrooms in this hearty quiche for a great picnic snack.
Strawberries are plentiful this week at your local fruit and veg shop. Beat the late spring heat with vibrant strawberry and mango popsicles. Choose deeply coloured, firm strawberries with fresh green caps. Blend strawberries and mangoes for a refreshing treat to beat the late spring heat.
Enjoy fresh blueberries, packed with antioxidants and natural sweetness. Look for plump, firm berries with a dusty blue hue and avoid containers with crushed berries. Bake a batch of blueberry muffins for a revitalizing late-spring snack.
Tomatoes, at their prime, offer vibrant flavours that elevate salads, sauces, and various dishes. Pick tomatoes that feel heavy for their size, with smooth, firm skin and a sweet fragrance. Create a classic Caprese salad or a fresh tomato salsa.
Savour the distinct taste of asparagus in a delectable quiche. Choose firm, straight asparagus spears with tightly closed tips and avoid wilted or limp stems. Incorporate asparagus in a flavorful quiche for brunch or a light dinner.
Mushrooms, the versatile fungi, add depth and umami to an array of dishes. From earthy cremini to meaty portobello and delicate shiitake, these fungi offer diverse flavours and textures. Select mushrooms that are firm with dry, intact caps, avoiding any sliminess or discolouration.
As you explore the ever-evolving selection at your local fruit and veg shop, keep in mind that choosing seasonal produce not only elevates your culinary adventures but also supports local growers and minimizes your environmental footprint. Don’t miss out on the best in quality, freshness, and service this season. Visit your nearest store today and savour the season.