What’s in Season in Summer

21 December 2023

Mango juice dripping down your chin, sand between your toes and yet another attempt at Pavlova… It must be summer! Long, warm days call for easy cooking. The kind of cooking that doesn’t require much more than some lazy chopping or quick pan frying.

Luckily, when it comes to fresh produce we really are spoiled for choice during the warmer months. Celebrate summer by serving up the best that the season has to offer.

Fruit

Apricot, avocado, banana, blackberries, blueberries, boysenberries, cherries, currants, fig, grapes, grapefruit, lemon, lime, loganberries, lychee, mango, mulberries, nectarine, orange (Valencia), papaya, passionfruit, peach, pear (Bartlett, William) pineapple, plum, rambutan, raspberries, rockmelon, strawberries, watermelon

The choices are many when it comes to using up your summer fruit bounty. Stone fruit and berries work particularly well in baked goods, and tropical fruit such as mango and pineapple really complement luscious desserts like cheesecake.

Chilli Mango Cheesecake

This season’s showstopper! A no-bake dessert that’s creamy and sweet with just a hint of heat from our beloved Chilli Salt. What more could you want?

Mango cheesecake

Spiced Apricot Flaugnarde

A simple French dessert that’s perfect for when you have a surplus of summer stone fruit. Delicious served warm with vanilla bean ice cream or whipped cream.

Apricot flaugnarde

Watermelon & Strawberry Salad

This salad highlights the natural sweetness of strawberries and watermelon, and makes the most of fresh herbs like basil and mint. Pairs well with BBQ fish or chicken.

watermelon and strawberry salad

 

Vegetables

Asparagus, beetroot, butter beans, cabbage, capsicum, carrot, celery, chilli, cucumber, eggplant, garlic, green beans, lettuce, mushrooms, okra, onions, peas, potato, radish, rhubarb, spinach, spring onions, squash, sweetcorn, tomatoes, zucchini, zucchini flowers.

It’s hard to go wrong with so many delicious options this time of year. Whether it’s a simple bruschetta spread, or side dish for your next BBQ - we have you covered.

Tomato & Smoked Salt Bruschetta Trio

This dish celebrates juicy, sun-ripened tomatoes in all their glory. Easy to assemble, it makes the perfect lunch or light dinner. 

Bruschetta trio

Grilled Corn with Chipotle Mayonnaise

Freshly grilled corn hardly needs any introduction. It’s smoky, sweet and pairs beautifully with a smear of creamy mayonnaise. A great starter or side dish for just about anything.

grilled corn with chipotle mayonnaise

Tomato Galette

A tomato medley baked into olive oil pastry and topped with our Native Red Gum Smoked Salt. Yum! An ideal dish to take to a picnic or summer BBQ.

tomato galette

Seafood

Barramundi, blue swimmer crab, crayfish, flathead, garfish, lobster, mud crab, mullet, pipis, prawns, snapper, squid, tuna

Summer seafood takes centre stage when complemented by bright citrus fruits like lemon and lime.

Spicy Barramundi with Pineapple Salsa

Fresh Barramundi is the hero of this light and vibrant dish. Delicious served with rice and salad, or use as a filling for tacos.

grilled barramundi with pineapple salsa

Buttered Peppercorn Prawns

Sweet and peppery, these prawns are the perfect finger food. For more of a meal, toss through freshly cooked egg pasta, rocket and top with a generous glug of extra virgin olive oil and lemon juice.

Buttered peppercorn prawn

Spiced Citrus-Cured Fish

Simple to prepare - the acidity of fresh lime gently cures even the firmest of fish. After just 30 minutes, this dish is ready to serve.

Citrus cured fish

Herbs

Basil, bay leaf, chives, dill, makrut lime leaf, marjoram, mint, oregano, parsley, rosemary, sage, Thai basil, thyme, Vietnamese mint, watercress

Both fresh and dried herbs can elevate any dish - take a leaf out of our book and incorporate more fresh herbs into your summer meals.

Spaghetti With Herbed Ricotta Meatballs

For when nothing but a bowl of pasta will do, these herbaceous meatballs are a lighter alternative to the more traditional version. 

ricottta spaghetti meatballs

Thai Beef Noodle Salad

A delicious summer salad that makes the most of seasonal produce, including fresh mint. 

thai beef noodle salad

The Best Herbs & Spices To Flavour Your Fish

This blog article will help you utilise fresh dill, basil and parsley to flavour your catch of the day.

 best herbs and spices for fish

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