Posts Tagged ‘fruit’

Rhubarb Upside Down Cake

Rhubarb is currently in season, and whilst most people think rhubarb is a fruit it is actually a vegetable. Known for its tart, tangy and slightly sharp taste, rhubarb is a great filling for pies and crumbles, marries beautifully with cream and custards and also has its place in savoury dishes. I have wonderful childhood memories of my Mum’s delicious rhubarb crumble…

Rhubarb
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Recipe: Poached Spiced Tamarillos

Tamarillos, also known as the tree tomato, are plentiful on the Sunshine Coast at the present. One of my lovely neighbours who has a tamarillo tree which is abundant with fruit kindly gave me a large bag full, which led me to creating this recipe. Poaching tamarillos  in a sweet syrup is one of the nicest ways to enjoy this often overlooked fruit.

Tamarillos

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Recipe: Rhubarb and Strawberry Compote

There has been some gorgeous rhubarb available at the Noosa Farmers Market the past few weeks, and I have been cooking with it in a number of different ways.  Whilst most people think rhubarb is a fruit it is actually a vegetable!  Known for its tart, tangy and slightly sharp taste, rhubarb marries beautifully with strawberries, which are readily available at present.

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What’s in Season – February

With the abundant selection of fruit and vegetables currently available on the Sunshine Coast, there’s no excuse for not eating seasonally. Make the most of the late summer fruit and vegetables by enjoying:

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What’s in Season – January

Now that we are well into summer, it’s the perfect time to be enjoying the wonderful selection of locally grown fruit and vegetables available at this time of the year. Currently in season on the Sunshine Coast are:

Fruit:
Bananas
Blueberries
Figs
Limes
Lychees
Mangoes
Passionfruit
Paw Paw
Pineapple
Watermelon

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What’s in Season – December

Summer is here, and its arrival brings a wonderful selection of fruit and vegetables grown locally.  Here’s a list of what’s currently in season in the Noosa region – enjoy!

Fruit:
Avocadoes
Bananas
Blueberries
Figs
Limes
Lychees
Passionfruit
Paw Paw
Pineapple
Strawberries
Watermelon

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What’s in Season – November

Enjoy the benefits of eating seasonally and make the most of the late spring fruit and vegetables. In season for the month of November in the Noosa region are:

Fruit:
Avocadoes
Bananas
Blueberries
Limes
Nectarines
Passionfruit
Paw Paw
Pineapple
Strawberries
Watermelon

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What’s in Season – October

As we move further into spring, the warmer weather brings with it a delicious selection of fruit and vegetables. In season for the month of October on the Sunshine Coast are:

Fruit:
Avocadoes
Bananas
Blueberries
Limes
Nectarines
Passionfruit
Paw Paw
Pineapple
Raspberries
Strawberries
Watermelon

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What’s in Season – September

Here in Noosa we are fortunate to enjoy a wide range of fresh, locally grown fruit and vegetables all the year around. A wander around the Noosa Farmers’ Market on a Sunday morning will confirm this.  I am a big advocate of seasonal eating, and with such an array of fresh local produce, there really is no excuse not to plan your meals and menus around the fruit and vegetables that are currently in season. If you need further convincing, here are 10 benefits of eating seasonally and locally grown produce:

1. Produce that is in season locally is at its optimum taste.
2. Better health benefits for you – produce is higher in nutritional value when it is fresh and hasn’t been stored or transported over long distances.
3. In-season produce is at its least expensive.
4. Buying locally and seasonally is better for the environment – less air-miles for the produce to travel.
5. Local, seasonal produce lasts longer.
6. You won’t need to go on a wild goose chase to find what you are looking for – seasonal produce is readily available!
7. Food safety reasons – the fewer steps there are between your food’s source and your table the less chance there is of contamination.
8. Buying locally grown produce supports the local economy.
9. Deprivation leads to appreciation – think how fantastic that first peach of the season tastes!
10. Eating seasonally encourages you to try different foods and experiment in the kitchen.

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Recipe: Cumquat Marmalade

At this time of year around Noosa and the Sunshine Coast, Cumquat trees are busting with ripe fruit. Many suburban homes have cumquat trees in their gardens as an ornamental, but sadly the fruit is left to rot as it is too tart for most people to eat.  However, cumquats make fantastic marmalade – the perfect way to use that cumquat crop that you didn’t know what to do with.

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