So make sure you enjoy & make the most out of these seasonal fruits & vegetables. It's healthy, refreshing and can be fun...
Here are a few ideas to do on your own or with your kids to stock up on all the benefits the season has to offer:
1- Go to your local Food Markets, there are plenty of stalls selling locally grown fresh fruits & vegetables - it's fun browsing and strolling at markets on summer mornings and supports your community.
2- Pick- your- own : There are plenty of farms open to the public for fruit picking like the Ricardoes Farm I discovered in Port Macquarie where you can pick your own tomatoes and strawberries or buy beautiful jams and relishes. Otherwise I also recommend this website, very informative - listing various choice of farms and indicating which fruits can be picked in each farm: http://www.pickit.com.au
3- Freeze and stock up for all year long - Craving for berries? Willing to surprise your guests with a touch of exoticism? Want nutritious vegetables and stir fries? ... even in winter...
Well, it's time to do it... prepare your greenies and make some room in your freezer.
Most vegetables will require a little bit of preparation before you freeze them (peeling, cutting, blanching...) but then you just have to microwave or steam them whenever you want them.
Fruits are usually easier as you just have to wash them and (pit and cut if you wish).
4- Cook Preserves & Jams - Talking about stocking up and saving fruits for winter ... making Preserves and Jams are another great way to enjoy them all year long.
5- Smoothies & Juices - Mix them and try a endless variety of Smoothies & Juices to your own taste - this will sure boost your energy and keep you going all summer... plus it is so refreshing!
6- Make Fruit Ice Cubes & Popsicles- Easy, Nice, Decorative and it will give a bit of Flavour to your drinks & cocktails.
To learn more about fruits & vegetables seasons in Australia - Check this out: http://seasonalfoodguide.com or if you are now really into it... why not grow your own crops??