With years of experience working with growers and customer feedback, our specialist fresh produce buyers know exactly when fruit and veg is at its seasonal best. For the best taste and flavour this winter, choose produce that’s in season – straight from our Aussie farmers to you. To get you started, we’ve pulled together three of our top picks this July:
Parsnips look like cream-coloured carrots and it’s no wonder because the two are closely related. Parsnips are a root vegetable with a sweet, nutty flavour and a long culinary history. Ancient Roman aristocrats considered parsnips to be a luxury food and enjoyed their unique flavour in cakes and sweets. These days, parsnips are mostly used in savoury dishes and are a source of dietary fibre. They are also a good source of the B-group vitamin folate and the antioxidant vitamins C and E. Choose firm parsnips that are an even cream colour and avoid any with an abundance of hair-like secondary roots.
Recipe Ideas: Caramelised Roast Parsnips or Parsnip Gratin
A hybrid of the Jamaican sweet orange and the pomelo, grapefruit was first documented in the 18th century, when it was deemed to be one of the “Seven Wonders of Barbados”. Ruby grapefruit has a pink blush and juice that is sweet with a hint of tartness. Its seedless segments can be enjoyed raw or cooked in a variety of sweet and savoury dishes, while its juice is healthy and refreshing. Ruby grapefruit is a good source of vitamin C and also provides vitamin A, an excellent antioxidant. While grapefruit has many health benefits, it can react with certain prescription medications. If you’re concerned, check with your healthcare professional.
Recipe Ideas: Ruby Winter Salad or Grapefuit Crumble Cake
Snow peas are a variety of pea and their crispness and sweet, subtle flavour make them a popular addition to many dishes. Sometimes known as mangetout, meaning “eat all” in French, snow peas are legumes with an edible pod so they can be eaten whole. Snow peas are hardy and even grow well in snow, hence their name. A good source of vitamin C and potassium, snow peas also provide dietary fibre and can be enjoyed raw or cooked. Select snow peas that snap when bent and with smooth, light green skin. They’re best eaten within a couple of days of purchase, but they can be washed and stored in the fridge for up to a week.
Recipe Ideas: Red Chicken Curry or Salmon with Snow Peas
For our full guide to winter fruit & veg, visit coles.com.au.