Long valued for both their fresh and dried versions, figs have been cultivated for centuries – and with just one taste of the honey-flavoured flesh of these beautiful, plump, rounded fruits, it’s not hard to see why. They are gorgeous served atop oats and cereals, poached and served with ice cream, as a colourful addition to salads, or an aesthetic and tasty addition to a cheese board. Figs are a great source of potassium (known to help blood pressure), high in dietary fibre (which aids in weight loss) and also massively high in antioxidants. Figs are highly perishable, so aim to purchase them only a day or two in advance of their planned use. Look for rich, deep colouring, and a mildly sweet fragrance. They should be tender (but not mushy) and free of bruises.
Not overly reminiscent of actual custard, these Autumn treats are sweet and creamy, but that is about where the similarities end. Custard apples might be a little strange looking with their knobbly skin, but this sub-tropical fruit is packed with goodness such as vitamin C, fibre, potassium and magnesium (toe cramps, be gone)! Ripe custard apples have a pale green skin and should be firm to touch, but yield to gentle pressure. Look for skin that isn’t discoloured. To enjoy, just cut it in half and use a spoon to scoop out the flesh to eat. For a little extra flavour, add a squeeze of fresh lime.
Versatile, delicious and friendly to the hip pocket, what’s not to love about zucchini? These superstars of the squash family are in abundance this time of year, and a perfect addition to any dish you choose as the weather cools down. With their slightly sweet flesh, you can stuff them, bake them, turn them into ‘zoodles’, barbecue them, turn them into fritters, slices, quiches and even cakes! But it’s not just the awesome dishes you can create with these green machines that has us so impressed, they are also incredibly good for you (think vitamin C, folate and beta carotene). But if that isn’t enough for you to devour them as part of your daily two and five, the fact that there is only about 60 kilojoules per 100g might just get you over the line. When selecting zucchini, choose those with firm, smooth and well coloured (dark green) skin. Be sure to refrigerate as soon as possible after purchase, and they will happily live in your crisper for up to five days.
The pear-fect choice if you’re looking for a fruity, nutritious snack to keep you going, pears are a versatile fruit that can be enjoyed any number of ways. Famous for being one of the lowest GI fruits in the market (meaning long-lasting, slow-burning energy), pears also contain vitamins A and C and are an excellent source of dietary fibre. Pears are at their peak right now, so add them to your shopping list this Autumn and celebrate them by adding to desserts or breakfasts; either fresh or poached with aromatic spices. They are also incredible served as a simple starter (just slice and wrap in prosciutto), but our personal favourite here at TFM is as a simple accompaniment to an overindulgent and absolutely not-so-humble cheese board. Put it right next to a robust cheddar or gorgonzola and we can guarantee you won’t be sorry.
There is an easy way to feed a family for less, and that is to buy and cook produce that is in season – it stays fresher for longer.
Figs, custard apples, zucchini and pears are just some of the stars of Autumn, but there are also plenty more.
Stock up on an abundance of: apples | bananas | beetroot | persimmons | broccoli | asian veggies
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