Central and North Burnett Times - - LIFE | FENCE POST -


WITH tem­per­a­tures soar­ing across Queens­land and most of Aus­tralia, we’re look­ing for light and easy ways to stay cool.

This week, we’ve got an abun­dance of pas­sion­fruit, which is per­fect for your Aus­tralia Day pavlo­vas.

Both the panama and sweet­heart va­ri­ety are great in value and qual­ity, and eat­ing es­pe­cially sweet at the mo­ment. Also plen­ti­ful in sup­ply are plump-sized figs from Gran­tham.

For a de­li­cious treat, melt but­ter and honey in a fry pan and place cut figs side down.

Cook un­til the figs start to caramelise and serve with whipped cream, yo­ghurt or ice cream on the side.

Stone fruits con­tinue to shine, but savour them while you still can as they won’t be around for much longer, with both the Aus­tralian cherry and apri­cot sea­son end­ing soon.

Honey Gold and Keitt man­goes from north­ern Queens­land have hit the mar­ket re­plac­ing Kens­ing­ton Pride and Ca­lypso man­goes as their sea­son also comes to an end. Like­wise, get in quick to find the last of the Va­len­cia or­anges, with new sea­son navels due to ar­rive soon.

This week, the heat­wave con­tin­ues to im­pact sup­plies on veg­eta­bles.

We’re see­ing a lim­ited sup­ply of broc­coli, cau­li­flower and cel­ery but toma­toes are bounc­ing back, par­tic­u­larly the grape and cherry va­ri­eties.

The best buys in veg­gies this week are lo­cally-grown cap­sicums. Both the green and red va­ri­eties are ex­cep­tional in size and qual­ity and per­fect for your bar­be­cues, piz­zas and grilled ke­babs.

Our top pick for the week is dragon fruit.

Un­usual look­ing with spikey leaf-like stems on pink­ish red or yel­low skin, this fruit comes in both red and white flesh va­ri­eties and has a mild flavour and tex­ture – sim­i­lar to a kiwi but with a slight crunch.

Packed with vi­ta­mins and an­tiox­i­dants, com­bine with other fruits to make a strik­ing fruit salad mix, or en­joy in a smoothie, dessert or jams.

You can buy the best of what the sea­son has to of­fer at your near­est lo­cal fruit shop.

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