Juicy, golden-fleshed, pineapples are a spring favourite adored for their tangy-sweet flavour. Best tasting pineapples have a sweet-tropical aroma and feel heavy for its size.
Bananas are particularly good eating and great value. Despite its creamy texture, a banana contains no fat. An average banana contains only 501kj or 120 calories, (weight for weight about the same as cottage cheese) and because it's so filling, they are ideal for that mid-afternoon energy boost.
Fresh, luscious Victorian asparagus is top value and premium quality right now. Thick or thin spears are equally as tender, but it makes sense to buy the same thickness as they will take the same time to cook.
Kale is a nutritional powerhouse. A rich source of vitamins A, C and K, it also contains folic acid, potassium, copper and iron. These nutrients are necessary for healthy bones, skin and eyes. Kale ideal to use in the similar ways to English spinach or silverbeet, which means is fabulous in salads, soups, frittata, smoothies, pastas or as a delicious sautéed green veg to serve on the side.
Asian greens are top quality and value this week. For maximum flavour and freshness buy Asian greens regularly and cook them only until just tender.
Nutty flavoured broad beans have short season. Remove bean from the pod, shell a second time then simmer in boiling water until just tender. Broad beans team superbly with chicken, lamb, mushrooms, feta, mint, potatoes and artichokes.