I like to go to Australia one day. Some people would suggest United States or Japan first, but there’s something about the Aussies that I love living with:
- The Music Christian Bands that I love listening like Hillsong United, Planetshakers and Citipointe are originally based in Australia. Talked about Christian Music powerhouse.
- The Nature The Aussie people are known to be “Nature lovers”. From their beaches, to the Marine life; their taste for nature makes them so vibrant and adventurous to be with. Most residents even have their own backyard garden for their own production of fruits and vegetables. Now that’s healthy living:”Aussie Style!”
- Kangaroos and Koala Bears 😀
- The Chocolates and Australian BBQ are so delicious.
- And the Aussie friends I have that makes me proud as a Filipino.
Little did we know about them is, The Australian people are known to their healthy living.They’re conscious to what they eat and how these food made. That’s why Australia, as experts stated, is one of the top safest countries to live in. I also heard testimonies of some Aussie friends I had on how they take food safety seriously that makes them healthy and strong as well.
It was last April 14 when the Australian Embassy, together with the Victorian Government’s initiative, invited us to their event that will showcase how compassionate they are to their products; that they want to share this passion to the Filipino people. They officially launched and marks the season and availability of fresh, healthy, Australian grapes, pears, and stone fruits in the Philippines. Produced by Summerfruit Australia Limited, Apple and Pear Australia Limited, Australian Table Grape Association and Austrade.
They started the event by introducing the people behind these initiatives for Now in Season. They gave us some short info about the production process of their fruits. I’m amazed on how they take serious standards to the production of these fruits and make sure that the quality and safety of their fruits is never compromised. They also have a sticker “bar code” for every fruits, indicating what farm location and the harvest date of the fruit. They also guaranteed that their fruits, unlike those commercial types are all fresh and organically grown without any chemicals.
Now in Season Australia, is available for the Philippines starting this April to May. However, due to the special process done with the fruits,the life storage of the fruits can only last until the next 6 months.
Despite of that, We can still have the opportunity to experience the Aussie life with these fruits which available to these stores:S&R, Robinsons, Rustans and, Shopwise
We also had a privilege to watched a cool cooking demonstration which lead by Tim Hollands, a famous chef and owner of “HF Promotions” and “Tim Hollands Catering”. He presented to us how tasty it is to make these Australian fruits as part to our daily meal. We as Filipinos are known to have our daily meal every 4 or 5 times a day, so Chef Tim shared to us how to use these fruits to some breakfast meals.
For the recipes of these dish, you can visit these sites:
- apple and pear recipes – http://apal.org.au/consumers/apple-and-pear-recipes
- grape recipes – http://www.australiangrapes.com.au/consumers/recipes
- stonefruit recipes – http://www.summerfruit.com.au/Domestic/Recipes.aspx
After the cooking demo, we were given a chance to experience the taste of an “Aussie life” with these mouth-watering Australian BBQ and Racks of Ribs.The menu consist of: salad bar, baked potatoes, corn, pork ribs, lamb, beef tenderloin, skewered chicken, and assorted desserts. There’s also fruit cocktails and fruit desserts for everyone to enjoy.
To know more about these fruits, you can visit these sites and learn from them on how to add Australian Fruits to your daily meal.
Summer Australia Limited (SAL) – is the industry voice for the betterment of Summerfruit production for fresh apricots, nectarines, peaches, and plums. John Moore is the CEO of SAL and has been working for 7 years.
The Australia Table Grape Association (ATGA) – is the Peak Industry Representative Body for the Australian table group industry. The ATGA is a non-profit organisation representing the interests of Australian table group growers, processors, and marketers. Jeffrey Scott heads the organisation and showcases the capacity and ability to supply the Victorian quality to Asian markets.
Apple and Pear Australia Ltd (APAL) – represents and supports Australian apple and pear growers. Olivia Tait, Market Development Manager, is in charge of developing export markets for the industry.