Everyone loves imperial mandarins because they are easy to peel and have no pips. This season’s haven’t been as good as past years, in fact they’ve been a bit “hit and miss”. Afourer Mandarins have been around for a few years now, and are much better that the Honey Murcotts which are full of pips. The Afourer have a few pips (some have none), are reasonably easy to peel, and have more of a tangy flavour. They are available from now until the end of September.
I seem to be getting asked more and more whether we can provide organic produce for home delivery. This week we’re offering organic potatoes, carrots and fuji apples for sale. These can be ordered on our online store, or over the phone when we call for your order. As you all know, organic produce is much more expensive than non-organic or conventional fruit and veggies. Checked out a number of organic websites, and have priced the above three items as competitively as I can. Welcome your feedback, so please text or email me your thoughts.
Avocados have been very expensive for most of the year. In part it’s due to the fact that it’s becoming a very popular and healthy fruit, and supply is not keeping up with demand. My favourite way to eat them is mashed up on a piece of toast with vegemite and a slice of cheese.
Hoping to have strawberries from either Queensland or Western Australia this week. Too cold down here for the local ones, let’s hope they are having warmer weather up north and over in the west. Just remember that they take a few days to get here, so don’t expect them to last as long as the local ones we get over our summer.
I’m not sure how you’d describe the taste of gold kiwi fruit. The flavour is a cross between green kiwi, banana and passion fruit, well that’s what I think. Am I on the the right track, any other suggestions? It’s very good at the moment, and goes well on the morning cereal.
At certain times of the year, pumpkin is new season, and very pale. At the moment both the butternut and the jap are a rich, dark orange colour great for making soup or roasting. There are plenty of pumpkin soup recipes online, it’s not rocket science, sometimes the simplest of recipes are often the best.
Stewed rhubarb and apple with a dollop of cream was one of my favourite home made desserts growing up. Rhubarb is really easy to grow, and simple to stew. If you’ve never cooked it before, there are plenty of recipes online. A word of warning, rhubarb leaves are poisonous, so if you are going to grow it in the backyard, keep that in mind if you have free ranging chickens. We at Micky Booth always cut the leaves off the rhubarb prior to packing it in an order.
Locally grown navel oranges are now in season, and are on special this week. They are a winter variety, easy to segment, and better eating than the Valencia variety. Valencia oranges are the summer variety, harder to peel, and more suitable to juice. Valencia oranges quite often have a green tinge to them, which is often mistaken for un-ripeness. In fact, the greener the skin, the sweeter and juicier the Australian Valencia orange is on the inside. It’s an indication that is has been left on the tree to absorb the energy of the sun and ripen naturally to its full potential.
There is plenty of new season fruits available… pink lady apples, packham pears, gold kiwi fruit, ruby grapefruit. All are on our specials page. Our online store is now mobile optimized, which means it is much easier to place an order with your smart phone if your tablet or laptop is not handy. Let us know what you think.