What's new at your local farmers' market
Also known as the chocolate pudding fruit, the black sapote is an exotic fruit that looks a little like a green tomato from the outside, but inside has a texture, appearance and flavour that's just like - you guessed it - chocolate pudding. Mooball fruit grower Peter Brils has started picking this year's crop, which will be available at his and partner Nora's stall Jungle Juice at the Mullumbimby Farmers' Market from now until Christmas. Peter says it's important to know how to tell when the fruit is ripe - at the market they will be green, so you'll need to leave them out for a few days or until the skin turns brown and the fruit feels mushy. You should be able to press the skin with your finger and leave an indent. Once they're ready, serve them chilled with some yoghurt, cream or ice cream, or use as a chocolate substitute in smoothies, cakes or desserts.
Mullumbimby Farmers' Market native food stall Playing With Fire has a rare treat available at the moment - fresh native raspberries. Similar in appearance and texture to the more commonly known European and American red raspberries, native raspberries are high in vitamin C and antioxidants, and beautiful in jams and desserts. Tintenbar farmer Rebecca Barnes says there has been a bumper crop this year, so they will be available for at least a few more weeks.
Andrew Morris and Amanda Callan, of Church Farm, are picking a small but tasty crop of broad beans from their farm at The Pocket. The beans will be in limited supply over the next few weeks at the New Brighton and Mullumbimby farmers' markets. Hard to come by in the supermarket or greengrocer, broad beans are a delicious addition to a salad, as a topping for bruschetta, or blitzed into a dip with garlic, salt, lemon juice and olive oil.
Scratch Patisserie, known for its delicious French pastries, has recently added a selection of gluten-free breads to its offerings at the Mullumbimby Farmers' Market. Plain, seeded and fruit loaves are available.