Makes 3 cups of chutney
1 tbsp olive oil
1 large brown onion, diced
1 small red capsicum, diced
2 tomatoes, diced
4 cup brown sugar, packed (60g)
4 cup apple cider vinegar (60ml)
4 cup water
4 cup chopped dried dates (50g)
1 star anise
2 tsp ground cumin
2 tsp ground ginger
2 tsp mustard seeds
4 tsp chilli ﬂakes, optional
1 ripe custard apple
Salt & pepper
400 g pork cutlets
Drizzle the olive oil into a large saucepan over medium heat. Add the onion, capsicum and spices and sauté 2-3 minutes until capsicum starts to soften and spices are fragrant.
Add the tomato, sugar, vinegar, water and dates to the pan and bring to a boil. Reduce heat to low and simmer 40-50 mins until thick and syrupy.
Slice custard apple in half, scoop ﬂesh and remove seeds. Discard skin and seeds. Add the custard apple ﬂesh to the pan with the chutney, stir well and cook a further 1 minute only. Remove chutney from heat, season with salt and pepper, remove the star anise.
Place a skillet over medium heat. Spray pork cutlets with a bit of cooking oil spray and season with a pinch of salt and pepper. Cook 4 minutes per side, or until cooked to your liking. Remove from pan and rest 2 minutes.
Serve pork with the rice, broccolini, and a generous spoonful of chutney.
Tip: Make chutney ahead and store in a glass jar in the refrigerator for up to a week. Add it to sandwiches, cheese platters and even salads!
The Australian custard apple season has officially begun, with new season produce already available in store. Every year this nutrient-rich fruit flourishes in line with the full moon in March, with the season expected to run well into the winter months.
Australian custard apple grower, Patti Stacey, says they're experiencing a near-to-perfect season, with fruit just as sweet and plentiful as usual.
"The increased heat in NSW has resulted in an outstandingly large crop, and QLD has had enough rain now to last until the end of the season. These growing conditions have resulted in fruit that will be as sweet as ever, and we expect an abundance of custard apples to be available nation-wide from early April."
Despite recent adverse weather conditions taking its toll on farmers, the quality and quantity of Aussie custard apples remain unaffected.
"All states are reporting great crop, and there has been minimal impact by these extreme weather events. The season is looking promising, and we're all excited for some delicious, fresh Aussie custard apples to hit stores," says Patti.
Custard apples are a larger fruit, which makes them perfectly sized for sharing, and they're best enjoyed fresh. Their nutritional density makes them a great choice as a breakfast topper, or even as a burst of sweetness in savoury dishes and baked goods.
Custard apples are also an excellent source of vitamin C, with one serve containing 64.5mg, or 161% of the daily target for Australian adults. They're in season at the right time to help boost your immunity during the cooler months.
Here are Patti's top custard apple tips:
Pick a winner: When choosing a custard apple in store, pick one that is firm. They'll ripen quickly so best to let them soften at home in the fruit bowl.
Ripe and ready: A custard apple is ripe when you gently squeeze it and it gives slightly under your hand, similar to an avocado. You can speed up the ripening process by placing it in a paper bag with a banana. The softer you let it go, the sweeter it gets.
Storage smarts: Once ripe, custard apples can be refrigerated for up to three days. Store the fruit in an airtight container for longer-lasting freshness. Once you take it out of the fridge, let it sit for around five minutes before eating to get the best taste.
Healthy treat: Despite being deliciously sweet, custard apples are actually low GI (54), which will help keep you feeling fuller for longer. A great option for that 3pm snack.
Enjoy: Custard apples are delicious as a snack or in simple dishes and are best enjoyed fresh or in baked goods. Make sure to avoid overheating custard apples as it can dull its flavour and texture; instead simply stir the fruit through your dish just before serving.
Here are some tasty ideas to try:
Simply cut or tear the fruit apart and scoop out the flesh to enjoy it fresh
Enjoy custard apple with yogurt and nuts for a sweet, but nutritious breakfast
Custard apples taste delicious in smoothies, and they help to give it a creamy texture
Mix fresh custard apple and pears into a baked crumble for a delicious dessert that the whole family will love
Try adding custard apples into your stir-fries and curries for a flavourful twist on your favourite meals
For a more decadent treat try a homemade chocolate and custard apple sorbet
Serve custard apple chutney with your favourite grilled meats. It pairs perfectly with pork
Take your morning toast to the next level by topping it with ricotta and sweet custard apples
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