February is that time of year, where there’s a lot of activity happening, kids are back to school, everyone is settling back into work and looking forward to the year ahead and planning their next holiday……..
In the Fruitezy world there is also a great deal of activity happening this month as we see some great new season fruits in our stores with 2 of the lunch box favourites, William Pears and Royal Gala Apples, which are eating really well and extremely healthy options for the kids. The new season Royal Gala Apples are from Bilpin NSW and are in our stores within a couple of days of picking. The new season William Pears are from Victoria and are also in our stores within a couple of days of picking, so this is the optimum time of year for this super sweet eating fruit.
Our range of fruit currently representing great value and eating extremely well include Rockmelons, Peaches, Nectarines, Plums, Raspberries, Blueberries, Lychees and lets not forget the exotic Fig, which are eating sensational at the present.
Mangoes are slowly coming to the end, however there are still some late season varieties available, which are eating well.
February 8, is Chinese new year and to help celebrate this wonderful event, we have some exceptional Tasmanian Cherries, New season sweet eating Longans and small seeded Lychees available.
New Season Gala apples are certainly one of the most favoured of all apples. Apples are harvested only once a year and believe it or not there are about 900 different varieties grown in Australia and several thousand worldwide, however there are only around 12-15 varieties that actually get to the consumer at retail level. Apples are grown in every state of Australia and harvest starts in late January with the various strains of Gala apples and finishes in May with Pink Lady and Sundowner apples in Western Australia.
Apples contain a dietary fibre called pectin that can also encourage good bacteria to live in your bowel and fight off any bad bacteria that try to settle there. They also contain lots of antioxidants and vitamin C… an apple supplies a quarter of your day’s vitamin C needs!
How to store Apples
Apples may ripen quickly at room temperature so it’s best to store apples away from direct sunlight, preferably in the fridge crisper to keep them crisp and crunchy. If you prefer eating apples at room temperature, simply remove a few from the fridge each day as required as they have a much longer shelf life when kept refrigerated.