The Department of Primary Industries and Regions (PIRSA) needs you to play a part in getting rid of fruit fly and this month they’re exploring how you can still share your fruit and vegetables by cooking, stewing or preserving them.
As stone fruit comes into season, it’s important to remain vigilant by picking fruit as soon as it’s ripe. Check out the PIRSA website for some inspiring recipe ideas to use up your backyard fruit and vegetables so you can safely share it with neighbours, friends and family.
The website is regularly updated with new recipes as various fruits and vegetables come into season. Some of the stone fruits recipes already available include a peach cocktail, summer fruit tea cake, apricot jam and chocolate dipped tangelo slices.
Why not try this baked apricot slice.
· 200 g apricots
· 2 cups self-raising flour· ½ cup sugar· ¾ cup shredded coconut
· 185g butter, melted
1. Soak apricots in hot water for 2 hours then drain.
2. Add sifted flour, sugar and coconut. Pour over melted butter.3. Mix well and press into a greased 30 cm x 20 cm slice tin. Bake at 180C for 25 minutes. Remove from oven and leave in tray to cool.
4. Cut into squares once cooled and enjoy.
Remember, if you are in a red outbreak area, once picked or purchased you cannot move or share fresh fruit or vegetables that fruit fly like.
Check what restrictions apply in your area on the fruit fly outbreak map.