Apricots, peaches, plums and nectarines

I have never appreciated stone fruit until moving to Adelaide. Maybe it’s because the fruit I was eating in the past was picked, under ripe and a long way from where I was eating it. If you can get the fruit before the birds do you’ll have an abundance of fruit right through January. Starting early are the apricots, then come the white plums, purple plums, yellow nectarines and million dollar peaches. Eating fresh straight off the tree is great, but these fruits generally ripen at the same time and need some preserving or sharing with friends and family. Some ways to use the excess fruit are to dry fruit either in pieces or as fruit leather, cooked in tarts and free form pastries or made into jam.

 

Guide to South Australian produce

This little guide has been put together to make shopping and sourcing local South Australian produce a little easier. This not an exhaustive list just a place to get started.

Fruit and vegetables

Nothing gets more local than your backyard. Growing, buying and eating seasonal produce means eating food at it’s best. Swapping and sharing excess produce among friends and family builds community and reduces food miles. Step away from the major supermarkets and you’ll find most smaller fruit and vegetable shops will have a great range of local produce.

Spring

Apples, aparagus, asian greens, avocados, beetroot, broad beans, broccoli, cabbage, carrots, cauliflower, celery, cumquat, grapefuit, lemons, loquats, mandarins, mulberries, blood oranges, mandarins, parsnip, peas, potato, pears, pumpkin, rhubarb, silverbeet, spinach, strawberries.

Summer

Apricots, basil, broad beans, capsicums, cucumber, cherries, eggplant, figs, garlic, grapes, kale, lettuce, mulberries, nectarines,  onions, pak choy, peaches, potatoes, purslane, quandong, ruby salt bush, silverbeet, snow peas, strawberries, tomatoes, zucchini.

Autumn

Apples, asian greens, amaranth, beetroot, blackberries, broccoli, brussel sprouts, cabbage, capsicums, carrots, celeriac, celery, cauliflower, chesnuts, chia, chicory, corn, eggplant, feijoas, figs, grapes, kale, kiwi fruit, kohlrabi, leeks, lemons, limes, olives, onions, orange, macadamia, medlars, parsnip, passionfruit, peas, pears, persimmon, pistachio, plum, potato, prickly pear fruit, pumpkin, purslane, quince, raspberries,  rhubarb, rock melon, sauce tomatoes, shallots, silverbeet, spinach, strawberries, swede, sweet corn, turnip, walnuts, wattleseed, watermelon, white sapote, zucchini.

Winter

Avocado, apples, asian greens, beetroot, borlotti bean, broccoli, brussel sprouts, cabbage, carrots, cauliflower, celeriac, celery, chilli, cuquats, fennel, garlic, grapefruit, horseradish, honey, jerusalem artichokes, kale, kohlrabi, lemons, limes, mandarins, navel oranges, okra, olives, onions, oranges, pears, persimmon, pomegranate, quinces, shallot, silverbeet, spinach, swede, rhubarb, tangelos, tangerines, turnip, zucchini

Dairy

All of these businesses source milk from South Australian dairy farms.

Alexandrina cheese company – milk, cheddar, gouda, edam, romano, pepato, feta, ricotta, creme fraiche, yogurt

Barossa valley cheese company – brie, camembert, haloumi, feta

B.-d. farm paris creek – biodynamic organic milk, yogurt, cheese and butter

Fleurieu Milk and Yoghurt Company – milk and yogurt

La casa del formaggio – bocconcini, mozarella, goats milk cheeses, haloumi, ricotta, parmesan, pecorino, marscapone, and cream

Udder delights cheese – range of goats milk cheeses, brie, camembert, blue vein

Woodside cheese wrights – big range of soft cheeses

For the carnivores

Talk to your local butcher or fishmonger about where they source their meat. Some businesses focusing on local:

Barossa fine foods butchers – South Australian turkey, chicken, eggs, lamb, pork, beef, sausages and small goods like ham and bacon.

Bruce’s meat and poultry – pasture grazed beef and sow stall free pork. Free range turkeys for christmas.

Cappo seafood – fish primary sourced from SA waters.

Feast fine foods butchers – South Australian beef, chicken, pork, wild game, veal and small goods

Ferguson Australia – selling SA fish and lobster.

Some of the fish that can be caught in South Australian waters:

Abalone, blue groper, blue swimmer snapper, bream, crabs, flathead, garfish, king george whiting, king prawns, marron, mulloway, mullet, mussels, oysters, rock lobster, salmon trout, sardines, salmon, squid, whiting, yellow fin whiting, yellow tail king fish.

Pantry

Nuts

Almonds – South Australia grow 60% of Australia’s production of almonds and can easily be sourced.

Chesnuts – are grown in the Adelaide hills

Pecans – small plantings around SA.

Pistachios – mainly grown Waikerie and Pinnaroo, small organic farm in Gawler.

Walnuts – commercially grown in Adelaide hills and riverland but also grows well on Adelaide plains.

Grains and legumes

Four leaf milling – some grains are grown on their SA farms and other Australian biodynamic and organic farms.

Laucke flour – sells Kangaroo Island flour

L’Abruzzese pasta – made using only SA and Australian wheat

Pangkarra Foods – flour, pasta, chickpeas and faba beans

Oil

Olive oil – South Australian olive oil can easily be sourced.

Canola oil – Canola is SA’s third largest crop but the bulk of the crop is exported.

Safflower, linseed and sunflower – also grown in SA for oil but in significantly less quantities.

Wine

South Australians are spoilt for choice with grapes mainly grown in Coonawarra, McLaren Vale, Barossa, Clare, and Adelaide Hills.

Other staples

Murray river salt, Nelshaby capers, pickled nasturtium pods, most herbs grown year round, Kalangadoo apple cider vinegar, Beerenburg jams chutneys and sauces, Angus Park dried fruit, pickled olives, honey, carob, Adelaide mushrooms, Outback Pride sauces herbs and jams, Matjarra herbs and chillis.

Farmers markets

Adelaide showgrounds farmers market

Adelaide hills farmers markets

Barossa farmers market

Farm direct markets -Salisbury, Lightsview and Gawler

Gepps Cross drive- in market

Mount pleasant farmers market

The market shed on holland

Willunga farmers market

Eating out

Brighton jetty bakery

Coriole

Fino Willunga

Good life organic pizza

Lenzerheide

The Kings Head pub

The Locavore

The Seasonal Garden Cafe

The White House Harndorf

Purslane

Purslane Portulaca oleracea is in abundance around Adelaide. It grows in cracks in concrete, on roadsides, building sites, among the veggies in the patch, everywhere right now. I avoid picking from public places as this little plant is considered a weed by many and has probably been sprayed with weed killer. Besides tasting great, purslane is a good source of vitamins, minerals and omega 3 fatty acids. Stems, leaves and seeds are all edible. Eat in salads, add to stir fries and add as a green in soups.

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