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Piel d Sapo
Perfectly ripe Piel de Sapo melon has juicy deliciously sweet pale green flesh similar to honeydew. Originally from Spain, these melons are now grown in Australia. They are also known as Santa Claus or Christmas melons.
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.
Delicately sweet, papaya is one of the most nutritious fruits! It is rich in both vitamin C (200g would provides 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. Itís ready to eat when the fruit loses its greenish hue and yields to gentle pressure around the stem.
Itís time to enjoy a succulent and natural sweet Aussie grown nectarines and peaches. There are numerous varieties to select from each varying in colour, flavour and flesh texture. Early season nectarines are particularly tasty.
Harvesting of new season Aussie grown grapes has started. Look for green-skinned Menindee seedless variety for sweet eating and value, the pink-skinned Flame Seedless variety and the backed skinned Midnight beauty. Wash grapes and store in the fridge to ensure they are crisp and firm eating.
New potatoes, also known as Chat potatoes, these small, young potatoes are harvested before they reach maturity. Theyíre very versatile and do not require peeling. If youíre leaving these potatoes whole to cook, select similar-sized ones so they cook evenly. Store potatoes in a cool, dry, dark place because light causes them to go green.
Bursting with flavour, with a delicious nutty crunch, Australian-grown asparagus is now in season. Asparagus is best cooked rapidly to retain its colour and crunch. About 1-3 minutes (depending on thickness) is all thatís required.
Fast to cook, nutritious and versatile, Asian leafy greens are simply a busy cookís best friend. Slice and add to stir-fries and noodle dishes or steam and serve as a side dish topped with fresh ginger and soy sauce.
Sweetcorn is a family favourite that is fast to cook. Wash corn cobs, place in a single layer in a microwave-safe bowl and cover with plastic wrap. Microwave on high for 2-3 minutes (per cob) until just tender. Stand to cool for 5 minutes before serving.
Choose plump zucchinis with glossy, unblemished skin. Adding grated zucchini to burger patties will increase the nutritional value, keeps them moist and is a great value to hide veggies from fussy eaters.
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