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Sarah Russo3 years ago

The spring fruit & veg you must try!

Buying your fruit and vegetables while they’re in season will ensure they not only taste better, but will also save you money on your food bill! When fruit and vegetables are not in season, stores rely on overseas suppliers to keep the products available. By purchasing your produce in season, you are not only ensuring the freshest products for your family, but supporting Aussie farmers too! We have researched what fruit and vegetables are in season for spring, plus how to select the ripest melon, lychee, artichoke, and zucchini flowers for you to enjoy.

Fruit

Honeydew Melon

This refreshing, sweet melon is identified by its white to yellow skin and delicious green flesh with white seeds.

How to Tell if a Honeydew Melon is Ripe:

  • The skin should be a creamy white to yellow colour
  • You should be able to smell a sweet aroma

Honeydew Melon Health Benefits

Honeydew melons are packed full of vitamin C, vitamin B6, fibre and potassium, which help our bodies to:

  • Repair damaged cells & tissue
  • Improve heart & bowel health
  • Remove toxins & waste from our bodies

Suggested Recipes: melon smoothie, cold melon soup & honeydew melon sorbet.

Honeydew Melon


Lychee

The delectably sweet white flesh of a lychee is cased in prickly, reddish-brown bumpy skin.

How to Tell if a Lychee is Ripe:

  • A ripe lychee will have dark red skin
  • Once peeled, the flesh will be very sweet

Lychee Health Benefits

Lychees have a very unique nutrient called oligonol, which has benefits such as:

  • The ability to fight flu viruses
  • Improve blood flow
  • Help protect the skin from UV rays

Suggested Recipes: lychee, lime & sorbet, lychee panna cotta & lychee, rose & raspberry marshmallows

lychee


Vegetables

Artichoke

This intriguing vegetable is made up of several parts. Thick green petals encase thin, edible yellow petals. In the centre of the leaves is a fuzzy, hair-like flesh, which surrounds the heart of the artichoke.

How to Tell if an Artichoke is Ripe:

  • A ripe artichoke should be a dusty green colour
  • Look for a heavy and firm artichoke

Artichoke Health Benefits

Artichokes are full of minerals such as copper, calcium, iron, manganese and phosphorus, which include the following benefits:

  1. Helps control the heart rate & blood pressure
  2. Copper is required for the production of red blood cells
  3. Important for strong bones & teeth

Suggested Recipes: grilled artichokes, artichoke fritters & artichoke dip

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Zucchini Flowers

Zucchini Flowers are an edible flowers, recognized by their large, bright yellow petals and green stems.

How to Tell if Zucchini Flowers are Ripe:

When you see zucchini flowers in stores, they should be fine to eat as long as they have not started to brown or wilt.

Zucchini Flowers Health Benefits

Not only are zucchini flowers beautiful, but they are also filled with a large range of vitamins, potassium and magnesium, which have the following health benefits:

  • May keep blood pressure normal
  • Helps the heart stay at a healthy rhythm beat
  • Supports muscle function

Suggested Recipes: stuffed zucchini flowers, crisp zucchini flowers

Zucchini Flower


For the freshest fruit and vegetables, visiting a farmer’s market or fruit and veg store is the best way to get the best produce for your dollar, plus support local business. These 2 fruit and veg stores in Mackay stock a range of fresh produce waiting for you try.


Vegies Unlimited

Phone: (07) 4952 1460
Address: 303 Nebo Road, Mackay QLD 4740

Committed to supplying quality, fresh products to Mackay, Vegies Unlimited sources a lot of their fruit and vegetables from local farmers.

  • Supply both wholesale & retail produce
  • Stock processed produce, selected grocery items & fruit & vegetables
  • Pre-order is available

This family operated business is open 7 days a week for both wholesale and retail purchases. At Vegies Unlimited you can find a range of fresh fruit and vegetables, processed products and selected groceries for all your catering, restaurant and home-kitchen needs. Call the team to pre-order today!


Mifsud’s Fresh Fruit Barn

Phone: (07) 4951 4570
Address: 85 Wood Street, Mackay QLD 4740

Mifsud’s Fresh Fruit Barn stocks a range of fresh organic produce and deli products, sourced from local farmers.

  • Offers organic fruit & vegetables, deli & frozen products
  • Produce harvested from local Mackay and surrounding farms
  • Wholesale orders & same day delivery

All organic products stocked by Mifsud’s Fresh Fruit Barn, are locally sourced from farmers in the Mackay region. Whether you are looking to place a whole-sale order, including daily processed packs (sliced onions & stir-fry mixes), or to stock your kitchen at home, Mifsud’s Fresh Fruit Barn has you covered.


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