What’s in Season in April
The cheapest and most flavoursome fruit, vegetables, herbs and spices are likely to be what’s in season in April! Cooking seasonally will not only save you money but also ensure that your food has the most flavour. A complete list of what’s in season in April can be found below, along with some extra info on a couple of our seasonal favourites.
Spotlight on Broccoli
Broccoli may have been the bane of many childhoods, however it only becomes soggy and smelly when over-cooked. It can be sweet, nutty, and delicious when lightly steamed, roasted, pan-fried, or even munched on raw. There are hundreds of ways to use broccoli, and many reasons to love it given it’s unique phytonutrient content that has been found to have disease preventing and health promoting properties.
Broccoli is very low-calorie providing just 34 calories per 100 g. It is rich in dietary fibre, minerals, vitamins, and anti-oxidants that have proven health benefits. Fresh Broccoli is a storehouse of many phytonutrients, which studies have shown help protect against prostate, colon, urinary bladder, pancreatic, and breast cancers.
Broccoli is packed full of phytochemicals and antioxidants, including more vitamin C than an orange, more than 200 mg of potassium in just a half-cup serving, an unusually strong combination of vitamin A and vitamin K. It even has a decent amount of protein (about 4 grams!). Broccoli can help with digestion and is great for heart and bone health.
To keep a head of broccoli fresh, store it unwashed, in a ventilated plastic bag inside the refrigerator and use it within five days.
Some of our favourite Thermomix Broccoli recipes:
- Broccoli Green Curry Soup by Stop Eating Crap
- Broccoli Prawn and Ginger Salad by Why Is There Air?
- Skinnymixer’s Green Broccoli Salad
Spotlight on Bananas
Bananas are one of the world’s most appealing fruits. Over 10,000 years old, Bananas are the worlds oldest fruit. Bananas aren’t just delicious, they’re also extremely nutritious. In fact, if you sat down to design the perfect long-lasting energy snack, you’d be hard pressed to beat a banana. Bananas are bursting with goodness and nutrition to keep you full of energy all day long.
A wide variety of health benefits are associated with the curvy yellow fruit. Bananas are low in calories and have no fat, no sodium, and no cholesterol. They contain vitamin C, potassium, fiber, and vitamin B6. Research shows that eating bananas may lower the risk of heart attacks and strokes, as well as decrease the risk of getting some cancers. Bananas are the only fruit that contains the amino acid tryptophan plus vitamin B6. They help your body produce serotonin—a natural substance that alleviates depression.
The inside of a banana peel is also useful to alleviate pain, itching and burning for bites, cuts and burns. It can be rubbed on your forehead to soothe a headache and can even be used to whiten teeth!
Some helpful tips for handling bananas include opening them bottom up (the way monkey’s do) to avoid the stringy bits and wrapping the stems in glad wrap to extend their life by 3-5 days!
Here are a few of our favourite Thermomix Banana recipes:
- GF Chocolate Banana Cake by Quirky Cooking
- Banana Coconut Pancakes by Becomingness
- The Best Banana Bread by Bake Play Smile
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Fruit in season in April
- Custard apples
- Finger limes
- Mandarins: Imperial
Vegetables in season in April
- Bok Choy
- Brussels sprouts
- Swiss chard
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