Fruits of the Season

on Sunday, 06 March 2011. Posted in Organic Living

Tasty treats to make from seasonal fruit

Each season mother nature provides us with an abundance of delcious fruits and vegetables so we can create culinary masterpieces at home.

The Noosa Farmers Market is the best place to grab your seasonal fruit and veg. This season the following fruits are readily available.

We know that banana stocks were severely damaged by the floods and cyclones but the best way to support an industry that is hurting is to buy the stock they have left so they can continue to re plant and grow more produce. with this in mind we have added a Banana Bread recipe below, its delicious and easy to make and you'll be supporting an industry that needs a helping hand.

Fruits In Season Now

  • Apple Avocado (Avocado Pear)
  • Banana (sugar banana)
  • Blackberry
  • Blueberry
  • Breadfruit (Sukun)
  • Carambola (Five corner, Star fruit)
  • Coconut Cumquat (Kumquat)
  • Custard Apple (Atemoya, Bullocks Heart, Cherimoya, Netted Custard Apple, Sweetsop)
  • Date Dragon Fruit (Pitahaya, strawberry pear)
  • Feijoa (Guavasteen, Pineapple guava)
  • Granadilla
  • Grape
  • Grapefruit Guava (Apple guava, Gyayaba, Jambu batu)
  • Horned Melon (African Cucumber, Horned Cucumber, Kiwano, Prickly Cucumber)
  • Indian Apple Jaboticaba
  • Jakfruit (Nangka Jaca)
  • Kiwifruit (Chinese gooseberry, Yangtao)
  • Lemon Lime (makrut)
  • Longan (Lengkeng, Lungan)
  • Mandarin Mango (Indian Mango, Mangga)
  • Mangosteen (Manggis, Purple Mangosteen)
  • Melon Miracle Fruit (Miraculous berry)
  • Monstera (Ceriman)
  • Nashi (Apple-Pear, Asian Pear, Crystal Pear, Oriental Pear, Sand Pear)
  • Olive
  • Orange
  • Passionfruit
  • Paw Paw (Papaya) (Pawpaw)
  • Pear Pepino (Melon pear, Papino)
  • Persimmon (Kaki)
  • Pineapple
  • Plum
  • Pluot
  • Pomegranate
  • Prickly Pear (Indian Fig)
  • Quince
  • Rambutan
  • Raspberry
  • Rhubarb
  • Rollinia (biriba, countess’ fruit, South American custard apple)
  • Rosella Strawberry Sugar Apple (Custard Apple)
  • Tamarillo (Tree Tomato)
  • Tamarind (Arabic: tamr hindi (Indian date),
  • Thai: makham, Vietnamese: me )
  • Uvilla (Amazon tree grape)

2 Great recipes for some healthy and tasty treats using products you can buy from our Farmers Market this season.

Kiwi, lime & mint cooler

Ingredients (serves 8)

  • 1/2 cup (110g) caster sugar
  • 1/2 cup (125ml) boiling water
  • 4 gold and 4 green kiwi fruit
  • 1/3 cup (80ml) lime juice (from 3-4 limes)
  • 1/2 cup mint leaves
  • 2 cups ice cubes
  • 1 cup (250ml) sparkling wine or sparkling water

Method

1.      In a large jug, dissolve 1/2 cup (110g) caster sugar in 1/2 cup (125ml) boiling water, then place in an ice bath or fridge to chill. Peel and roughly chop 4 gold and 4 green kiwi fruit, then blend until smooth with the cooled syrup, 1/3 cup (80ml) lime juice, 1/2 firmly packed cup mint leaves and 2 cups ice cubes. Pour into a jug and top up with 1 cup (250ml) sparkling wine or sparkling water, or divide among glasses and top up with wine or water. Serve with extra mint.

Recipe found on: http://www.taste.com.au/recipes/16196/kiwi+lime+mint+cooler

Banana bread

Makes

1 large loaf

Ingredients

  • 1 1/2 cups (225g) plain flour
  • 1 tsp baking powder
  • 1 tsp ground cinnamon
  • 1/2 cup (110g) caster sugar
  • 1 egg
  • 1/3 cup (80ml) sunflower oil
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 4 ripe bananas, mashed
  • 65g pecan nuts, roughly chopped
  • Butter and honey, to serve

Method

1.       Preheat the oven to 180°C. Grease and line the base of a 900ml loaf pan.

2.       Sift the flour, baking powder, cinnamon and sugar with 1 teaspoon of salt into a large bowl. In a separate bowl, combine the egg, oil and vanilla.

3.       Add to the dry ingredients with banana and pecan and fold until just combined - do not over mix.

4.       Place into the loaf pan and bake for 50 minutes or until golden. Allow to cool for 10 minutes, then remove, and slice thickly. Serve spread with butter and drizzled with honey.

Recipe found on: http://www.taste.com.au/recipes/5375/banana+bread

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