There are lots of benefits to eating seasonally, but when produce is available in the supermarkets all year round it's easy to forget what foods are actually in season and when. To help Aussie families make better food decisions Mayver's has put together a list of seasonal spring produce and favourite recipes.
Australia is very lucky to grow most produce locally, but during seasons when our farmers aren't able to grow certain fruits and vegetables, produce is sourced from overseas.
Buying seasonal, local produce not only saves money (by avoiding import and shipping costs), but also creates the opportunity for crop rotation on Australian farms, a process which helps restore nutrients back into the soil for future harvests.
Mayver's owner Paul Raff says his family enjoy experimenting with the colourful variety of produce each season brings.
"Eating seasonally is a great way to increase the variety of fruits and vegetables your family eats and try out new recipes and flavour combinations," he says.
"Our kids love blending up our peanut butter or tahini into different dressings and marinades, before dipping, baking and mixing with different fruits, vegetables and proteins.
"Using seasonal produce makes each of these recipes extra fresh and delicious, plus the warmer weather is a great time for sizzling BBQ corn or enjoying the fresh and zesty Thai tofu bites."
What's in season in spring:
● Vegetables: Asparagus, Beetroot, Corn, Eggplant, Pumpkin, Zucchini and Silverbeet
● Fruits: Banana, Cherry, Lemon, Lime, Pineapple and Strawberry
● Herbs & spices: Basil, Chives, Mint and Thyme
Mayver's favourite seasonal recipes:
● Susie Burrell's Spring salad
● BBQ corn with tahini butter
● Kale and roasted pumpkin salad
● Thai tofu bites with chilli peanut sauce and zucchini
Mayver's is an Australian family owned natural spread company. All Mayver's natural spreads are vegan and contain absolutely no added oil, sugar, gluten, dairy, cholesterol or hardened fats and are nothing but goodness for your family.
Mayver's products are available at Woolworths, Coles and independent retailers Australia-wide. For more information or recipe inspiration visit mayvers.com.au
Susie Burrell is a qualified dietitian with a masters in coaching psychology.