Spring fever: make the most of the season

1st September 2020 | Eativity editors

Spring is all about enjoying the abundance of delicious and super-nutritious seasonal produce that’s available at this time of year. Eating seasonally doesn’t just mean you’re getting the freshest, most nutrient-dense fruits and vegies available; buying seasonal, local produce also supports our local growers – Australian growers have worked tirelessly though winter to provide an array of fresh, healthy and tasty produce for shoppers this spring.

Buying in-season produce also saves you money because there’s no need for expensive import and shipping costs – while some fruits and vegetables might be available in supermarkets all year round, they’re not in season all year round, which means that supermarkets have to buy produce from overseas.

Buying local and seasonal foods also creates the opportunity for crop rotation on Australian farms – a process which helps restore nutrients back into the soil for future harvests.

eat more AUSVEG

eat more AUSVEG is an initiative of AUSVEG, the peak industry body representing Australian vegetable and potato growers. The initiative will be sharing practical and valuable information about how to make the most of your vegetables on Instagram, and will be using the platform to showcase the hardworking growers that grow a wide range of vegetables.

“Providing this information during the pandemic is even more pertinent, as the benefits to health and wellbeing of a vegetable-rich diet are crucial to keeping the country healthy and happy,” says AUSVEG National Manager – Communications Shaun Lindhe.

“We will be using social media to provide practical tips about how to easily make the most of your vegetables, which will hopefully lead to people wanting to buy more vegetables.”

Embrace the bounty: spring makes healthy eating a snap.

What’s in season right now?

Vegetables: asparagus, artichoke, beetroot, broccoli, carrot, cauliflower, celery, corn, eggplant, leek, peas, pumpkin, silverbeet, spinach, sweet potato, tomato and zucchini

Fruits: avocado, bananas, cherries, honeydew melon, lemon, lime, mandarin, oranges, pineapple, strawberries and watermelon

Herbs: basil, chives, coriander, mint, oregano, rosemary, sage and thyme

Spring is also a great time for gardening. For advice on what to plant in your edible garden right now, check out our spring planting guide.

Want to make the most of what’s ready and waiting for you to eat? Mayver’s – Australia’s family-owned natural spread company – has shared some fresh seasonal recipes.

Susie Burrell’s spring salad

Serves 1

You’ll need:

150g pumpkin, diced into 2cm cubes
½ cup baby beets, drained and halved
2 cups rocket
½ cup lentils
2 tbsp lemon juice (at room temperature)
2 tbsp Mayver’s Hulled Tahini
1 tsp olive oil

Method:

1. Cook pumpkin in pre-heated oven at 200°C for approximately 20 minutes, or until cooked through and tender. Allow to cool slightly
2. In a large bowl toss together the beetroot, rocket, lentils and pumpkin.
3. In a separate bowl or jar, mix together the lemon juice and olive oil. Pour over salad, drizzle with Mayver’s Tahini.

The Home Cook’s Kitchen BBQ corn with tahini butter

Serves 6

You’ll need:

½ cup Mayver’s Hulled Tahini
¼ cup warm water
1 clove of garlic
1 tbsp lemon juice (about half a lemon’s worth)
Salt and pepper to taste
Pinch of chilli powder

Method:

1. Heat up your barbecue to high.
2. Hull corn, barbecue for 10 minutes, rotating often – corn should start to soften and char.
3. To make the tahini butter, place all ingredients in a blender and blend for 2-3 minutes. The tahini should become very thick, like a butter consistency.
4. Remove corn from the barbecue, and spread over the tahini butter generously.
5. Sprinkle with a little bit of chilli powder and extra salt and pepper.

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