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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?

Banana

Bananas are a standout bargain this week. Ideal for a quick snack and quick and easy dessert.

Papaya

Bursting with goodness papaya is naturally delicious. Buy firm papaya and ripen at room temperature until the fruit loses its greenish tinge. Ripe fruit has a golden yellow skill and will yield to gentle pressure around the stem. Once cut cover in plastic wrap and refrigerate. Papaya is best eaten within 2 days.

Rockmelon

Juicy orange-fles rockmelon has a distinctive sweet taste and netted-looking form skin. The most flavoursome rockmelons will have a delicate musky aroma. Serve on platters with yoghurt as the perfect spring snack.

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Mangoes

Sweet and luscious mangoes are in abundance. Choose firm ripe fruit with an alluring aroma. Ripe fruit yields to gentle pressure around the stem.

Truss Tomatoes

Add quality tomatoes to your shopping list this week. Ripen tomatoes to a rich red colour by storing them at room temperature.

Strawberries

Naturally sweet and irresistible strawberries are a great buy this week.

Nectarine

Fragrant and fleshy yellow and white peaches and nectarines from NSW North coast and Hawkesbury area are available. Stone fruit season is running about 2 weeks late this year and we need the weather to warm up to get intense sweetness and size in fruit.

Pineapple

Sweet and tangy Queensland pineapples are a good buy this week. Pineapples do not ripen after harvesting. Once cut, cover and refrigerate.

Lychees

Queensland lychee season has started

Lebanese Cucumber

Vibrant Lebanese cucumbers add a juicy crunch to salads and are perfect for serving with dips. They team well with fresh flavours like mint and dill, tomatoes, lemon, sour cream, feta, and yoghurt.

Kale

Kale is a rich source of many nutrients packed with vitamins C, E and K, plus folate and beta-carotene. This crinkly-leafed green also provides iron and calcium. Strip leaves from the stems and chop, then toss in a hot pan with olive oil, crushed garlic, chopped red chilli and a scattering of currants. Heat until the kale wilts, then serve warm.

Carrots

Versatile carrots rank highly for versatility, value, and flavour. Enjoy them raw julienned and sprinkled into a salad, or intensify their sweetness by roasting halved carrots with a sprinkling of harissa, then toss with currants, coriander, and crumbled feta for a super tasty salad.

Asparagus

For value, taste, and versatility, fresh asparagus is a winner; its delicate nutty flavour can be enjoyed raw or cooked, hot or cold and Aussie spears teamed deliciously with veal, pasta, seafood, prosciutto, chicken, and steak. This premium quality vegetable is top of my list.

Kumera

Multi-use kumara (orange sweet potato) is a top buy. Kumara is delicious and served mashed, roasted, boiled, or baked. Try this kumara, bean & rocket salad.

Iceberg Lettuce

Premium quality Iceberg and Cos lettuce are a good buy this week. Use the Iceberg lettuce cups to make avocado, iceberg lettuce & egg rice paper rolls and Cos lettuce for a classic chicken Caesar salad.

Broccoli

Broccoli enjoy it raw with your favourite dip, blanched and added to a salad, or toss through a pasta dish or stir-fry. Nutritious and easy-to-cook broccoli is a regular staple on our shopping lists

Cabbage

Cabbage is fabulous. Serve it shredded for salads, and coleslaws, roughly chopped for stir-fries or fermented to make kimchi and sauerkraut.

Green beans

Versatile and nutritious green beans are a thrifty buy. Choose from machine-harvested beans from Gatton and premium hand-picked beans from Gympie

Green onions

Green onions (also known as shallots) are ideal for adding a delicate onion flavour. Add thinly sliced green onions to salads or cut them into 5cm lengths a toss them into a stir fry.