Summer may be on the way out, but that doesn't mean that its delicious food has to go with it.
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28 Feb 2017 - 3:06 PM  UPDATED 28 Feb 2018 - 1:13 PM

Here are 8 ways to preserve that summer vibe. 

1. Mango Pickle

Synonymous with summer, the return of mangoes on fruit shop shelves brings great excitement in December, followed by great despair when they disappear in February. Hold onto that unmistakable mango flavour with this easy to make and long-lasting Indian mango pickle. 

2. Jamaican avocado ice-cream

As every avo lover knows, this glorious and versatile fruit (let's not argue on this one!) doesn't stay fresh for long. Get around this problem, and enjoy avocados into autumn, by taking a leaf from Jamaica's book, and making this avocado ice-cream. It's blissfully creamy, and very easy to make. If you really want to sound like an expert, start calling them 'alligator pears', as the Jamaicans do.

3. Low-sugar strawberry jam

The flavour of summer's king berry is allowed shine through in this tasty jam recipe that won't blow your caloric intake before you've even left for work. If you move quickly, you might even be able to pick the last of this season's strawberries fresh from a grower's farm to make your jam before we're forced to wait until next summer. 

4. Tomato passata

Autumn's arrival doesn't mean that you should have to say goodbye to fresh tomato sauce. Bottle up this versatile passata and enjoy summer's best 'fregetable' well into the cooler weeks with your favourite pasta, or a classic eggplant parmigiana. We've got a number of ones to try out, including this recipe from our Gourmet Farmer, Matthew Evans, or this one that gathers a depth of flavour from rosemary and garlic. 

Tomato passata

5. Banana ice-cream with muscovado meringues and rum sauce

Seeing the fruit bowl filled with soft, sweet bananas is one of the best things about the summer months. Make the most of it by blending some of the season's beauties into this fancy ice-cream. It will take some time to make, but it will be well worth it, because, well ... bananas! 

6. Green tomato chutney

There is always a time when the summer is gone, most of the tomatoes have ripened beautifully, but a few have decided to stay green. Enter this delicious chutney. Serve it alongside almost anything, and get creative experimenting with this malleable recipe. 

7. Coconut banana bread

Banana bread is heaven when it's sliced, frozen and then toasted with Greek yoghurt and honey, and what better way to cling onto the taste of Australia's favourite season. Leave the bananas to go past their best to achieve a stronger banana flavour and reduce the amount of sugar needed - talk about a double whammy!

8. Matcha-avocado popsicles

Grab the last of the summer's fresh avos from the shelf and put together these indulgent icy poles. They're slow to melt, which makes them perfect for that last picnic you want to squeeze in before the cloudless skies and warm breezes take their blessings up north.

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