What’s in Season: March Picks | Blog
What’s in season, March: Summer may officially be over, but the arrival of autumn means new season apples and pears are available now. Here’s our picks for the best in season produce to enjoy this March; and what fruits to make the most of before the season’s over!
Royal Gala, Red Delicious and Fuji Apples
New season apples have arrived, with Royal Gala and Red Delicious varieties first to come off the trees on our orchards in the Yarra Valley. The Royal Galas in particular have developed some of the best colour we’ve ever seen. Our harvest of Fuji apples is close to completion, while new season Pink Lady and Granny Smith apples are expected to follow in the next 2-3 weeks. Heat posed an issue early on; however, quality is looking exceptional and overall the fruit has developed some excellent colour, texture and flavour. Expect to see some great prices in-store on apples as the season gathers momentum.
Look for: Apples that are firm to the touch; flesh and skin that are free from bruising, and an appealing apple aroma. Wrinkled flesh and softer flesh with a spongy texture are an indication that the fruit is past its prime. Apples will last longer if stored in the crisper drawer of the fridge.
Packham & Beurre Bosc Pears
Pears are now in season, with harvest already completed for the Packham pear variety at our orchards in Coldstream. Hot weather again created difficult conditions early in the season – particularly for our Beurre Bosc pears which were slow to develop their colour. However, these are now fully developed, with beautiful colour and flavour. Our first Beurre Bosc pick happened in the last week of February, with further picks to follow as the season progresses. Watch the update from our Coldstream Harvest below.
Look for: Test for ripeness by gently pressing the flesh near the pear’s stem. If the flesh is hard, leave it at room temperature and continue to check daily for ripeness. If the flesh gives slightly, it’s a good indication that the fruit is ripe for eating. It should either be eaten straight away, or moved to the fridge and consumed within 3 days.
Make the most of…
Mango and Stone fruit seasons are nearing their end so make the most of these fruits now while they’re still around!
The Australian mango season is almost over, but late-season Brooks mangoes will still be available for a few more weeks. Brooks mangoes have yellow flesh and pale orange skin with no blush. Their skin can retain some green colouring even when perfectly ripe.
Look for: Flesh which has slight give when touched. The smell should be sweet, fragrant and appealing.
Australian stone fruit season is beginning to wind down, with a small number of late-season varieties of white and yellow peaches and nectarines available through March. While apricots are all but finished, plums will remain available in greater quantities through the rest of the month.
Look for: Smooth, unblemished fruit that has a deep colour, an appealing fresh fragrance, and plump flesh that gives slightly when gently pressed. Stone fruits bruise easily so handle them with care.
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