In season now at your local farmers’ market
A fruit that tastes like creme caramel? It may sound like something out of a fairytale, but that is actually exactly what an abiu tastes like. These smooth-skinned yellow fruit have a soft, sweet and delicious flesh that you can scoop out with a spoon after cutting in half. Try them chilled for extra deliciousness. Available from John and Lyndall at Picone’s Exotics (New Brighton and Mullumbimby farmers’ markets).
Billinudgel macadamia farmer Ian McRae, of Nudgel Nuts, is back at the Mullumbimby Farmers’ Market with the first pick of this year’s crop. Ian’s macadamias are super fresh – picked-cracked and then roasted weekly on-site at Ian’s farm so they are as nutritious and great tasting as possible. Choc-coated, honey-roasted, and Ian’s famous choc-mandarin flavour are some of our favourites. Also try Ian’s moreish macadamia cookies.
A little ugly looking, and unable to be eaten raw, quince may not have instant-gratification appeal, but if you’re willing to put in a little extra effort you will most definitely reap the rewards. To transform this hard-to-find fresh fruit into something sweet, fragrant and delicious, cut into slices and stew in sugar and a little water or wine. Once it’s cooked, you can eat as is, or bake it into a tart or pie. You can also make a quince paste – amazing on a cheese platter. Fresh quince available now from Costanzo Apples (Mullum/New Brighton).
Commonly used to make jams and sauces, these pretty little “fruits” are actually a type of hibiscus. The part used for eating is called a calyx, which is the outside, petal-like part of the fruit. Rosellas have a whole host of culinary uses: Try making tea (use 3-4 calyx per cup and pour over boiling water) or make a rosella syrup – delicious in desserts, as cordial or added to champagne. Available from Glenyce Creighton (New Brighton/Mullum).
MARKETS THIS WEEKEND
> Lismore Farmers’ Market, Lismore Showground
> Uki Farmers’ Market every Saturday morning
> Kyogle Farmers’ Market, Stratheden St, Kyogle
> Blue Knob Farmers’ Market, 719 Blue Knob Rd, Lillian Rock
> Bangalow Farmers’ Market, 1 Byron St, Bangalow
> Brunswick Heads Market, Memorial Park
> Lismore Handmade Market, Keen and Magellan Sts
> Lismore Car Boot Market, Lismore Shopping Square
> Byron Community Market, Butler Street Reserve
> Missingham Bridge Markets, Missingham Bridge, Kingsford Dr, Ballina
> North Coast Village Market: Cnr Cherry & Crane Sts, Ballina
> Pottsville Beach Markets, Phillip Street Reserve, Pottsville
See today’s Weekend Star for more from Kate O’Neill on local farmers’ markets plus her profile on organic free range egg producers Wally Waldron and Vicki Rix