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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?

Mango

Irresistible mangoes from the Northern Territory are sweet and tangy. Add sliced mango to a salad or feature them is the main course

Watermelon

Queensland and Northern Territory seedless watermelon is flavoursome, extra juicy. Serve chilled wedges as a healthy snack or team diced watermelon with mint and fried haloumi cheese

Blueberries

Anthocyanins are a powerful antioxidant that can help reduce the risk of disease and the symptoms of ageing. Blueberries are a rich source of anthocyanins. Blueberry supplies are plentiful making them a top buy

Tangelos

Sweet, juicy tangelos and available only for a few more weeks. This vibrant citrus has 12 large segments, is easy to peel and perfect for juicing or enjoy as a snack

Why not try...

Pineapple

Spring pineapples are sweet eating. Enjoy them in a fruit salad; add them to a Thai style curry, a sweet and sour dish, kids love a classic ham and pineapple pizza or team with spring fruits for a vitamin-rich dessert salad.

Papaya

Papaya is a delightful tasting tropical fruit with a superior flavour to its yellow fleshed cousin. Pink papaya is available in three forms small and oval shaped, large and round or long and narrow.

Bananas

Bananas are naturally sweet and a storehouse of carbohydrates, vitamins and fibre. Team banana, mango and honey flavoured yoghurt together to make a healthy breakfast or dessert.

Strawberries

With Queensland strawberries season wrapping up, we now move to Western Australian strawberries. While both growing areas fruit is eating nicely, if you are looking for shelf life opt for those from WA fruit.

Oranges

The 2020 blood oranges season is coming to an end. So be sure to enjoy ultra-juicy and healthy blood oranges this week. Add segment to sweet or savour salads or for a quick dessert layer into a serving glass, blood oranges segments and their juice with halved strawberries and yoghurt or mascarpone. Alternative superb value of juicy navel oranges are available for the same price.

Apples

The premium eating Pink Lady apple has a green-yellow colour with a pink to red blush. Pink Lady has a sweet, crisp flavour. Crunch into an apple today or add them to a salad

Asparagus

Fast to cook, loaded with flavour and incredibly versatile Australian asparagus is at its best quality and value in spring. Steamed, boiled, barbecued, stir-fried or microwaves spears are tendered and tasty. Pick up a few bunches this week as prices are low.

Broccoli

Broccoli is an excellent source of vitamin A and C. To retain maximum flavour and nutrition, cook broccoli lightly. Broccoli sprigs are delightful blanched and served with dips

Bok choy

Crisp, young and tender baby bok choy is a top buy. Select bunches with crisp pale-cream stems and fresh-looking green leaves.

Fennel

Pale, aromatic bulbs of fennel are delicious eating and fantastic value. Fennel has virtually no fat, and few kilojoules so is a useful food for those trying to control weight.

Cucumber

Catch the lively flavours of spring with refreshing emerald-coloured Lebanese cucumbers. This vibrant vegetable adds a juicy crunch to salads and dips. It teams well with the fresh flavours of mint and dill, tomatoes, lemon, sour cream, feta and yoghurt.

Celery

Celery is a good source of potassium that helps to control blood pressure and counteract the adverse effects of too much salt on the diet. Diced, sliced or cut into batons versatile celery is delicious eaten raw or cooked

Pumpkin

Queensland grown Jap pumpkins are plentiful. Add diced roasted pumpkin, to a salad or serve warm in pasta dishes with fried sage leaves or in a salad

English spinach

Versatile and mild tasting English spinach is a top buy this week.

Artichokes

Locally grown globe artichoke are in season. Artichokes have a subtle, sweet and somewhat nutty flavour. Select fresh deep green or purple artichokes with firm heads and tightly closed leaves.

Broad beans

If you are looking for a vegetable with a difference it is time to savour broad beans To prepare broad beans simply remove the pods from the shell, then boil or microwave until just tender. Broad beans have a delicate flavour, which is complemented by flavourings such as olives, fresh herbs or garlic.