Try some of the more unusual fruit and veg in season this month – and check out the latest healthy products on the shelves.
Tamarillos, also known as tree tomatoes, are a subtropical fruit which range in colour from purple to yellow. The glossy skin is inedible but the tangy, tart flesh is tasty. Tamarillos can be poached, used in desserts, added to fruit salads, baked and served with meat dishes or made into jams or chutneys. Select fruit that has firm, unwrinkled skin, that just yields to pressure. Store in your fridge for up to 10 days. They're available from March to December – so try them while you can!
Star apples have sweet, juicy and aromatic flesh. There are both purple and green varieties and when they're cut in half, the indentations in the flesh form a star pattern, thus the name! Look for smooth, shiny fruit with no damage to the skin. Star apples can be stored at room temperature for up to a week, or in your fridge for two weeks. The skin and rind are not edible. Cut star apples in half, use a knife to flick out the seeds, then spoon out the flesh.
Ever heard of this banana variety? Plantains, contrary to what you might think, aren't sweet. They're popular in Asian and African cooking and are often used as an alternative to potatoes and rice as they are quite starchy. Available year-round, you'll find them in Asian grocers.
Ayam light sweet chilli sauce
Artificially sweetened, this sweet chilli has only 16kJ per tablespoon – saving you 150kJ compared to their regular version. Remember it’s still high in sodium with 263mg per tablespoon, so if you're watching your salt intake, use it sparingly. Find it in the Asian section of your supermarket.
Has introduced a clever cruet set that allows you to pour exactly the amount of oil, vinegar or marinade required, meaning you won't use more than you need! The spout has three different settings, which you can adjust based on what you're pouring. RRP $12.95. Call 1800 650 601 for stockists.
Eskal Noble Choice chocolate
Now available in four different flavours. This gluten-free chocolate is made with soy rather than dairy, so is suitable for those with milk allergy or lactose intolerance. Make sure you stick to the recommended 25g portion though, as it still has a similar amount of sugar, fat and kilojoules as the regular version.
Larderfresh vego burgers
We love these delicious new vegetarian burgers. Both flavours are gluten, egg, dairy, wheat, garlic and onion-free, so are great for anyone with allergies or intolerances. Available in pumpkin and chickpea or roast carrot, kale and chickpea. Find them at selected delis, food stores, cafés and local farmers’ markets. Visit www.larderfresh.com.au for stockists.
Products selected by HFG dietitian Zoe Wilson, based on nutritional merit.