What's In Season
Bursting with flavour, with a delicious nutty crunch, Australian-grown asparagus is now in season.
When buying, look for firm asparagus with even-sized spears and tightly closed tips. Then simply snap or slice off the woody end from the spear before using.
Asparagus is best cooked rapidly to retain its colour and crunch. About 1-3 minutes (depending on thickness) is all that’s required.
SO EASY TO COOK ...
- Plunge asparagus into a saucepan of gently boiling water for 1–3 minutes. Drain and either serve steaming hot with a drizzle of extra virgin olive oil, or refresh in cold water, pat dry with paper towels and add to a salad.
- Brush asparagus with olive oil and barbecue, turning occasionally, over medium high heat. Serve with aioli and a drizzle of sriracha hot chilli sauce.
- Toss chopped asparagus into stir-fries or roast whole spears brushed with olive oil.
FOR A CRUNCHY RAW OPTION ...
- Using a vegetable peeler, thinly shave asparagus lengthways into ribbons. Add these crunchy morsels to all sorts of salads.
Add some tropical flavour and sweetness to your day with fresh pineapple. At its best from mid-spring through to the end of summer, this delicious fruit is picked ripe and ready to eat.
Once home, leave your whole pineapple at room temperature, out of direct sunlight and use within 4 days. Once cut, peel and store pineapple in an airtight container in the fridge.
Easy to prepare. Trim the ends and cut down the sides making sure you cut away the thick skin and the ‘eyes’ of the pineapple. Slice in quarters lengthways and cut away the thick core, or alternatively, leave whole and slice into rounds.
Team pineapple with the fresh flavours of mint, lime, chilli, passionfruit, ginger or coconut.
Add chopped pineapple to Mexican-style salsas, pavlova toppings or fresh fruit salads.
Caramelise pineapple wedges in a pan with brown sugar.
Char-grill pineapple, chicken & red onion skewers.
Fresh and in season
What's best in ...
Slice, dice, chop, grate, spiralize…versatile zucchini. With its tender flesh and mild flavour, zucchini is a very versatile veggie. Due to its delicate flavour and texture, zucchini naturally takes up other flavours and can be used in many different ways. Better still — no need to peel, just use the entire vegetable!
Using a vegetable peeler, slice zucchini lengthways to make these delicate wafer-thin ribbons. Toss into salads and hot pasta sauces.
Thread onto skewers to complement chicken or meat, or use as a delicious addition to stir-fries or frittatas.
GRATED OR BLITZED ZUCCHINI
Add to burger or meatball mixtures, Bolognese sauce or fritters.
SPIRALIZED ZUCCHINI ZOODLES
Made using a spiralizer, zoodles – these bright veggie curls – can be used in place of spaghetti, added to coleslaw or tossed through salads.
Thinly slice zucchini lengthways using a hand-held julienne peeler, then add to salad bowls, laksa or pasta sauces.
Pan-fry and add to pasta bakes, stir-fries, soups or fried rice.
Select deep-purple plump blueberries with a pale blush on the skin, avoiding any with wrinkled skin. Once home, simply store in your fridge and use within a few days.
Fuss-free preparation! A quick rinse in cold water is all that’s required.
QUICK & EASY…BLUEBERRY CHIA BREAKFAST POTS
Combine 125g blueberries, 400ml sweetened almond milk and 1 tbs honey in a blender. Blend until smooth. Stir in 1/3 cup white chia seeds. Pour mixture into 4 small glasses, jars or airtight containers. Chill for 4 hours, or overnight if time permits, until jelly-like. Top with extra blueberries and serve.
Lettuce, cucumber & turkey skewer sandwiches
Preparation 20 mins | Makes 6
You’ll need 6 bamboo skewers for this recipe.
1/4 small Iceberg lettuce, washed and chilled
1 large Lebanese cucumber
4 slices whole grain bread, crusts removed
Butter or margarine, for spreading
Cranberry sauce, for spreading
12 mini roma tomatoes
150g sliced turkey breast, thinly sliced lengthways
4 slices Swiss cheese, halved
STEP 1 Cut chilled lettuce into small bite-sized pieces. Using a vegetable peeler, slice cucumber lengthways into thin ribbons.
STEP 2 Spread bread with butter or margarine then spread with cranberry sauce. Cut each slice into 4 squares.
STEP 3 Thread tomatoes, bread, turkey, cucumber ribbons, cheese and lettuce onto 6 thick bamboo skewers and serve.
TIP: For younger children, trim the pointy end of the skewers.
Nature’s own bowl food! For a nutritious start to the day, team delicious papaya with fresh blueberries, crunchy granola and yoghurt.
Delicately sweet, papaya is one of the most nutritious fruits! It is rich in both vitamin C (200g would provide 2–3 days’ supply) and beta carotene which the body converts to vitamin A.
Whole papaya continues to ripen after harvesting so it is best to leave it for a few days at room temperature to fully ripen. It’s ready to eat when the fruit loses its greenish hue and yields to gentle pressure around the stem.
For cut papaya, choose the fruit with vibrant pinkish-orange flesh without any bruising. Cover with plastic wrap or place in an airtight container and store in the fridge for up to 2 days.
PAPAYA BREAKFAST BOATS
Preparation 10 mins | Serves 4
2 small (about 600g each) ripe papayas
1 lime, juiced
1 cup thick natural Greek-style yoghurt
1 cup granola or toasted muesli
¼ cup chopped pistachios
honey, for drizzling
lime wedges, to serve
STEP 1 Halve papayas lengthways. Using a spoon, scoop out the seeds. Place papaya halves flesh-side-up onto a board. Drizzle with lime juice.
STEP 2 Top papaya with yoghurt, granola, blueberries and pistachios. Drizzle with honey. Serve with lime wedges.
How to keep & use potted fresh herbs
With a little natural light and occasional watering, potted fresh herbs keep for weeks on your window sill or kitchen bench.
Fresh, fragrant and ultra-convenient (with the extra bonus of not taking up your fridge space), ensure you have a selection of potted fresh herbs on standby for all your cooking needs. Simply snip off the herbs that you require!
Flat-leaf and curly parsley, coriander, basil, mint, thyme, oregano, rosemary, sage and chives are just some of the extensive range of potted herbs available from your greengrocer.