There are lots of benefits to eating seasonally, but when produce is available in the supermarkets all year round it’s easy to forget what foods are actually in season and when. To help Aussie families make better food decisions Mayver’s has put together a list of seasonal spring produce and favourite recipes.
Australia is very lucky to grow most produce locally, but during seasons when our farmers aren’t able to grow certain fruits and vegetables, produce is sourced from overseas.
Buying seasonal, local produce not only saves money (by avoiding import and shipping costs), but also creates the opportunity for crop rotation on Australian farms, a process which helps restore nutrients back into the soil for future harvests.
Mayver’s owner Paul Raff says his family enjoy experimenting with the colourful variety of produce each season brings.
“Eating seasonally is a great way to increase the variety of fruits and vegetables your family eats and try out new recipes and flavour combinations. Our kids love blending up our peanut butter or tahini into different dressings and marinades, before dipping, baking and mixing with different fruits, vegetables and proteins.”Paul Raff, Mayvers
What’s in season in spring:
- Vegetables: Asparagus, Beetroot, Corn, Eggplant, Pumpkin, Zucchini and Silverbeet
- Fruits: Banana, Cherry, Lemon, Lime, Pineapple and Strawberry
- Herbs & spices: Basil, Chives, Mint and Thyme
Thai tofu bites with chilli peanut sauce
Time: 45 minutes | Serves: 2-4
2 zucchinis (roughly chopped)
3 small-medium flat mushrooms (roughly chopped)
285g firm/extra firm tofu
2 green spring onions (chopped)
1 tsp grated ginger
3 tsp minced garlic
1 tsp sesame oil
3 tbsp neutral oil
2 tsp cumin
1 tbsp smoked paprika
1/2 tsp salt
1/4 cup flour
3 tsp minced garlic
Chilli peanut sauce
1/2 cup Mayver’s Dark Roast Smooth or Crunchy Peanut Butter
1/2 red chilli (finely chopped)
2 tsp minced garlic
1 tsp crushed ginger
2 tbsp soy sauce or tamari
1 tsp sesame seed oil
1 tbsp curry powder
270ml can of coconut milk
2 tbsp 100% maple syrup
- Add all ingredients (except tofu, flour and neutral oil) into a food processor and pulse until finely chopped
- Add tofu and pulse again until tofu is combined (note: be very careful not to over mix!)
- Hand mix in flour (add more flour is balls are not forming)
- Roll mixture into small bite-sized pieces then place in freezer or 15 minutes
- Once the mixture has chilled, heat neutral oil in pan, then add balls and cook on both sides until brown
Chilli Peanut Sauce
- Heat sesame oil in a saucepan over low heat. Add garlic, ginger, chilli and curry powder. Cook until fragrant (approx. 1-2 minutes)
- Add coconut milk, soy sauce, maple syrup and then Mayver’s Dark Roasted Peanut Butter (use a whisk to combine if peanut butter is not dispersing)
- Stir and cook until sauce is thickened and well combined
- Ready to serve!
This amazing recipe was created by @healthwithkym
Mayver’s is an Australian family owned natural spread company. All Mayver’s natural spreads are vegan and contain absolutely no added oil, sugar, gluten, dairy, cholesterol or hardened fats and are nothing but goodness for your family.
Mayver’s products are available at Woolworths, Coles and independent retailers Australia-wide. For more information or recipe inspiration visit mayvers.com.au