"ideas on the freshest produce this season coupled with gourmet recipes for the freshest produce in town
Brimming with healthy goodness, tropical-tasting papaya from the Mossman area of Far North Queensland is a bargain this week. A fragrant aroma is a good indication of good flavour. If cut, select fruit with bright-coloured, undamaged flesh
Bananas are particularly good eating and great value. Despite its creamy texture, a banana contains no fat. An average banana contains only 501kj or 120 calories, (weight for weight about the same as cottage cheese) and because it's so filling, they are ideal for that mid-afternoon energy boost.
Fresh, luscious Victorian asparagus is top value and premium quality right now. Thick or thin spears are equally as tender, but it makes sense to buy the same thickness as they will take the same time to cook.
Kale is a nutritional powerhouse. A rich source of vitamins A, C and K, it also contains folic acid, potassium, copper and iron. These nutrients are necessary for healthy bones, skin and eyes. Kale ideal to use in the similar ways to English spinach or silverbeet, which means is fabulous in salads, soups, frittata, smoothies, pastas or as a delicious sautéed green veg to serve on the side.
Nutty flavoured broad beans have short season. Remove bean from the pod, shell a second time then simmer in boiling water until just tender. Broad beans team superbly with chicken, lamb, mushrooms, feta, mint, potatoes and artichokes.
Vibrant coloured beetroot is delectable.Steam whole bulbs until tender are delicious marinate in balsamic vinegar and fresh herbs. Cut raw beetroot into fine julienne strips and sprinkle over a salad just before serving.
Crisp textured with a mild aniseed flavour fresh fennel is a Mediterranean vegetable that teams superbly with citrus, tomatoes, potatoes, seafood, lamb and chicken. Delicious served raw or cooked, fennel offers shopper good value.
Nutritious and flavoursome broccoli is available this week. Broccoli will deteriorate quickly if it is not stored correctly. Store broccoli in a vented plastic bag in refrigerator and use within 5 days.
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