Seasonal Fruit and Veg Faves… September 2013

Andrew Fletcher: Aussie Farmers Direct National Fruit and Veg Manager

Andrew Fletcher: Aussie Farmers Direct National Fruit and Veg Manager

Andrew Fletcher, or ‘Fletch’ as we fondly call him, heads up our Aussie Farmers Direct National Fruit & Vegetable team and hand picks the best fruit and veg for our Aussie Farmers Direct boxes.

Spring has well and truly sprung, and it’s a time for some standout seasonal fruit and veg. Here ‘Fletch’ brings you September’s best eating fruit & vegetables:

Avocados – Look for the Hass variety of Avocadoes, they are in good supply right now. Avocadoes are best to eat when the fruit “gives” to gentle pressure.

Broccoli – The word broccoli, from the Italian plural of broccolo refers to “the flowering top of a cabbage”. There is currently a great supply of broccoli being harvested in Queensland and transported around the country right now.

Capsicum – Capsicums are a versatile vegetable with so many uses – they’re great raw in a salad, cooked in a stir fry or even dried or pickled, and they’re currently in great abundance.

Sweet Corn – As the weather warms up it’s time to get BBQing! Sweet corn is best cooked directly on the BBQ with the husk left on; this works to retain the moisture and stop the corn from burning.

Continental Parsley – Also know as Italian Parsley or flat leaf parsley, this little beauty is a great inclusion in Mediterranean cooking and is grown in Australia all year round.

Bananas – As well as being the most popular fruit worldwide, bananas are also one of the most nutritious of all foods. Bananas provide sustaining energy and are a favorite food for athletes and sports players. They are in great supply at the moment so they are great value.

The start of early season Stone Fruit and Mangoes heralds the start of summer. Kensington Pride Mangoes originated right here in Australia. Some early season fruit is on the market at the moment, volumes will increase and the price should ease towards the end of September.

Did you know that Asparagus can grow 1 centimeter per hour at perfect harvest. Asparagus is low in calories and sodium. They’re currently coming into season and should be better value towards the end of the month.

Truss Tomatoes are great tasting as they are ripened on the vine. Don’t store them in the fridge; it’s best to keep your tomatoes at room temperature.

Zucchini – The last vegetable in the alphabet… they are currently in great supply and offer good value.

Pineapple – Pineapples are great eating at the moment and they are in good supply. Don’t worry about the trick to pull out a leaf from the top to check the fruit’s ripeness; it’s an old wives tale. To make sure your pineapples are ready to eat, look for an orangey red colour with a strong perfume, or better still order them from Aussie Farmers Direct and we’ll make sure they’re at their best when we deliver them to your doorstep.

Order Seasonal Fruit & Vegetables in your Aussie Farmers Direct Delivery: AussieFarmers.com.au

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