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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?

Acocado

Dress up a simple salad or pizza topping with sliced or diced avocados. Shepard avocado season is coming to an end as supplies of Australian Hass avocados increase in supply

Oranges

Buy in bulk and save. Bursting with juicy goodness a 3 kilo net bag of juicy, sweet Riverland navel oranges is an economical buy. Navels are an excellent source of vitamin C and fibre.

Custard Apples

African Pride custard apples from Mareeba and Alstoneville are extremely plentiful this week

Lemons

Lemons are tangy, refreshing and versatile. Eureka and Lisbon lemons are firm, thick-skinned lemons with excellent juice content. Sooth sore throats with warmed lemon juice and a spoonful of honey or add lemon juice and rind to puddings and cheesecakes.

Dates

Fresh California dates taste like caramel and make the most scrumptious desserts and puddings. For a real treat dip dates in melted chocolate and leave at room temperature to set. They are simply delicious with coffee

Why not try...

Pears

Succulent, sweet eating Packham pears are a traditional winter favourite and good buy

Apples

For a crunchy snack, you can’t beat a Kanzi, Jazz, and Pink Lady apple or get cooking with Granny Smith apples

Mandarins

This week enjoy juicy, sweet eating and easy to peel Imperial and Daisy mandarins

Why not try...

Tomatoes

Supplies of a salad tomatoes are lower this week as Bundaberg harvesting is wrapping up and Bowen crops due to start shortly.

Grapes

Crimson seedless grapes are crunchy and sweet. Pop a few in the kid’s lunch box

Papaya

Ward off winter flues with a healthy dose of vitamin A and C. A good source of these vitamins can be sourced from papaya. This tropical fruit is a fabulous breakfast fruit or add to fruit salads.

Celery

Choose crisp celery with pale green stems and fresh leaves. Avoid damaged or cracked stems. Trim celery and refrigerate in an airtight container. Wash celery just before use.

Carrots

Vibrant, crunchy carrots are now in season. Choose from traditional orange, baby (Dutch), purple, white and yellow carrots. The abundance of orange carrots makes them the thriftiest buy

Potatoes

Warm up with a hearty serve of delicious mashed potatoes. Desiree, Pontiac and brushed Sebago are ideal for creamy mashed potatoes or make a pot of easy potato and leek soup. For added flavour add finely chopped fresh herbs or crushed garlic, hot milk, butter and a pinch of salt.

Cauliflower

Cauliflower stars in the kitchen during cooler weather, this adaptable vegetable is delicious roasted, braised, fried, mashed and steamed or eaten raw in salads and slaws

Brussels sprouts

The natural goodness of Brussels sprouts and cabbage shine in winter, sautéed, steamed or tossed in a hot wok, these easy-to-prepare vegetables require minimum cooking.

Leeks

Subtle, sweet onion-flavoured leek is ideal for combining with potatoes, eggs, mushrooms. Add leeks to soups, frittata and quiche fillings.

Parsnip

Parsnips add a unique sweetness to soups and casseroles and are scrumptious when roasted

Broccolini

Freshly picked vibrant green broccolini is a good buy this week

Jerusalem artichoke

Jerusalem artichokes have an interesting nutty flavour and a texture similar to a potato. Ideal for soups and winter salads, they are also delightful roasted. Select firm, smooth even-sized artichokes, which are free of soft spots. Scrub well or peel before cooking