Taste Australia Malaysia
Thanks to the wonderful invitation, I recently went to the launching event of “Sweeter When Shared” Summer Fruits Campaign by Taste Australia. You can now enjoy Australia’s freshest seasonal produce straight at our shelves.
The timing of the “Sweeter When Shared” campaign couldn’t be more ideal with the start of the New Year and Chinese New Year as well as Valentine’s Day just around the corner making it the perfect time to savour Australia’s succulent summer fruits with family and loved ones. Fruits, especially peaches are a popular gift during Chinese New Year as they symbolize the wish for a long and healthy life.
Nectarines, Peaches, Plums and Apricots, these Aussie summer fruits are all-rounders, versatile, nutrient rich and sweet yet healthy. Do you know that summer fruits may also be called stone fruit because of their pit seed?
If you are a healthy eater like me, then you will like Australian summer fruits because these natural superfoods are low in calories and Glycemic Index, helping restore energy, satisfy cravings in a healthy way, and keeping you fuller for longer. It also provides significant dietary fibre, potassium and antioxidants that encourage healthy digestion :
Peaches provide excellent anti-inflammatory, antimicrobial and antioxidant properties that help decrease the development of inflammatory joint conditions.
Nectarines provide a good source of potassium which regulates blood pressure and reduces the risk of a heart attack.
Plums are a low glycemic index fruit, which helps to control blood sugar and also contain vitamin K which is a key nutrient for healthy bones and teeth.
Apricots are a low kilojoule fruit and rich in vitamin A and beta carotene which is beneficial for eye health. Apricots also have a low Glycaemic Index of 34, providing slow released energy to help you feel fuller for longer.
Australia produces some of the best fruits in the world thanks to its unique micro-climates that intensify sweetness. Farmers also have generations of expertise, and apply strict bio-security and food safety measures to guarantee the tastiest and safest fruit.
Belinda Chee was at the launch showcased unique recipes incorporating Australian summer fruits including a gift box of Summer Fruits, Summer Fruits Delight, and Pavlova with Summer Fruits that are perfect for the upcoming festivities.
“I love the crispness and sweet juiciness of summer stone fruits from Australia. These fruits are best enjoyed fresh, and if you have any ripened fruits just use them in a recipe or make lovely jams and compotes,” said Belinda Chee.
Store the summer fruits at room temperature if you prefer sweet and juicy fruits; they will become softer and juicier each day. If you prefer crunchy fruits, then keep in the refrigerator as they will not continue to ripen.
Wanna try the flavoursome summer fruit varieties, head down to participating supermarkets including Village Grocer now. Savour the delicious moment with Aussie summer fruit. Must try recipes can be found at summerfruit.com.au/recipes.
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