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Fresh food club - What's in season?

"ideas on the freshest produce this season coupled with gourmet recipes for the freshest produce in town

What's fresh?


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

Blood Oranges

Make the most of the super-healthy blood oranges, as the season will finish up in about three weeks


Darwin’s succulent, sweet Kensington Pride mangoes are bursting with tropical flavour. Mangoes are ultra-versatile, perfect in savoury or sweet dishes


Their attractive purplish-blue colour and sweet flavour teamed with their high antioxidant qualities make blueberries a popular and healthy choice. Make the most of the quality and value this week.


Australians love their strawberries and right now is the peak time to enjoying luscious sweet eating strawberries at great prices.

Cherry tomatoes

Local cherry tomatoes are in good supply.


Juicy, golden-fleshed, pineapples are a spring favourite adored for their tangy-sweet flavour. Best tasting pineapples have a sweet-tropical aroma and feel heavy for its size.


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.

Asian greens

Asian greens are top quality and value this week. For maximum flavour and freshness buy Asian greens regularly and cook them only until just tender.

Broad beans

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.


Take a fresh look at salad greens. Fancy hydroponically grown lettuce such as oak leaf, mignonette, coral and butter lettuce are in good supply and great value.

Why not try...


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.

Green beans

Bright and brimming with flavour green beans are delicious in stir-fries or spring salads.

Globe artichokes

Globe artichokes are a stunning vegetable with a unique, sweet and subtle flavour. Victorian and locally grown globe artichokes are only available until mid-spring and can be picked up this week.


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.

English spinach

Tender eating English spinach is a versatile, mild-tasty leafy green that is delicious enjoyed raw or cooked.

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Address: 29 Burwood Rd Belfield
Call us: 9642 5613
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