Ripe for picking - your seasonal food guide
Winter is upon us and it's that time of the year again when the temperature starts to drop and daylight diminishes. And with that, we say goodbye to all of our beloved summer fruits.
But just because it's getting cooler, doesn't mean you can't get your hands on delicious fresh fruit and veg this season. A whole new crop is hitting Fresh Sensations shelves and it’s safe to say there will be something equally tasty this winter season. Here’s our guide to this season’s fresh fruit and veg, ripe for the picking.
Winter got you down? Grab a handful of these cheery citrus. Peak season for mandarins is from April to early spring. Primarily grown in the sunshine state, mandarins are sweet in flavour, easy to peel and best of all have few seeds. When picking, look for fruit that’s heavy for its size, with a glossy skin, free of imperfections. Perfect for school lunches and a natural immune boosting remedy, you can’t go past these citrus goodies this season.
Peas are at their peak, so enjoy them as a healthy snack or incorporate them into any cooked meal for a delicious and nutritious addition. Best from April right through to June, Sweet Peas, Snow Peas and Sugar Peas are hitting the shelves in plentiful amounts. Best of all, these little powerhouses of nutrition are high in protein, fibre and essential vitamins.
This trendy vegetable is rustling into restaurants and hipster cafes everywhere. With a swath of health benefits and a devoted following, Kale deserves a place in your fridge as well. Kale crops thrive over the cooler seasons and in Australia there are two types on the market – Curly Kale and Tuscan Kale. High in fibre, vitamins and antioxidants, incorporate this leafy green into your next soup, juice or bake them to make crunchy Kale chips.
Pumpkins are in their prime, so there is no time like the present to get your hands on these crowd favourites. There are three main varieties of pumpkin widely available in Australia, the Queensland Blue Pumpkin, Japanese Pumpkin and Butternut Pumpkin. Serve roasted, mashed or as a creamy soup, pumpkin is the ultimate comfort food and winter warmer this season.
Coriander is one of those herbs that you either love or hate, and we love it! A staple in Thai, Mexican and Indian cuisine, the zesty, aromatic flavour of coriander will serve as the perfect addition to any home cooked curry, stir-fry or salad.
For more of this season's best picks, visit Demetrie and the friendly team at Fresh Sensations located on the Upper Level, opposite Woolworths.