Royal Gala Apples
Royal Gala are characterised by a blush of pink of the skin, the colour varies from yellow to almost orange with deep orange stripes. Gala is a round sweet apple that fits nicely into a child's hand. It is dense, sweet, aromatic and juicy with a white flesh.
They can be eaten fresh, included in salads or used as a cooking apple and is particularly suited to sauce. Royal Gala's originated in New Zealand around 1934,as the result of a cross between Kidd's Orange Red and Golden Delicious. They were introduced into Australia in the early 1980's.
This pear was cultivated by Charles Packham in 1896. It is an Australian variety and crossed between the Williams and Bell pear. Sweet in flavour, Packham pears can be eaten firm and crisp (hard) or fully ripe (soft). It is the perfect pear to pop into a lunch box or to have as a snack at work. Try them sliced in a salad like the one here, or on a cheese plate. The Packham season is from May until January and is the longest season of all the Australian pear varieties.
Pink Lady Apples
A Pink Lady has a pink blush over a greenish yellow base skin. Known as the Queen of apples, it is a crisp apple with a dense, firm flesh and an excellent, almost effervescent flavour. Pink Ladies have a high sugar content making it perfect for cooking.
Jazz apples are a crunchy, effervescent and distinctively original new variety. A tart and tasty cross between Braeburn and Royal Gala, Jazz Apples boast the sweetness of a Royal Gala and the crisp texture of a Braeburn, which when combined, creates an apple with attitude that is truly at the top of its tree. Jazz apples have a firm but dense flesh and a tangy, sweet flavour. Small to medium in size, Jazz apples feature a pink/red blush over a light green background.
Imperials are the first of the mandarins to be harvested each season. They are also the most popular because of their easy to peel skins very few seeds and are very sweet. Imperials are one of the very few citrus fruit to have originated in Australia, it was first found in Sydney in 1890.
Persimmons are a delicious, crisp and crunchy fruit that is just pure pleasure and are in season from late February to early June. When choosing persimmons, ensure the green calyx is in place and the fruit is brightly coloured, glossy and firm. They may have some minor blemishes, but this will not affect the quality of the fruit. While firm, persimmons are still very delicate, therefore ensure you handle them carefully to avoid bruising. Nutritionally, persimmons rate better than many fruits. They are a great source of dietary fibre, contain high levels of vitamins A and C, potassium and beta carotene as well as some calcium, magnesium, phosphorus and iron.
Navels are one of the most popular orange varieties and available during the winter from June - October. They are sweet and juicy, rich in orange colour, seedless and easy to peel. They are mainly grown in three southern growing regions - the Murray Valley, the Riverina of NSW and the Riverland of South Australia.