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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?

Blueberries

Supercharge your breakfast with blueberries. Ultra nutritious and brimming with beneficial antioxidants

Mangoes

Tantalising Northern Territory mangoes are plentiful, and the quality is superb. Select from Kensington Pride and the R2E2 varieties.

Berries

Quality raspberries and blackberries are a tasty buy

Rockmelon

Naturally sweet and refreshing rockmelons are in season. Enjoy melon al natural or combine with passionfruit, ginger, tropical fruits or berries to create heavenly desserts.

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Banana

Bananas are a naturally sweet storehouse of carbohydrates, vitamins and fibre. Choose between the ever-popular Cavendish, sweeter Ladyfingers or sugar bananas.

Lemons

Versatile late-season lemons are a kitchen essential. Lemon juice and zest add flavour to marinades, cakes, steamed puddings or, try drizzling lemon juice over a chicken before roasting to embellish the flavour. Select lemons that feel heavy for their size; this indicates good juice content

Pineapple

Golden fleshed, juicy and sweet Queensland pineapples are a good buy

Peaches

Small quantities of new season peaches and nectarines are starting to arrive in the Sydney Markets from Northern NSW

Kiwifruit

New Zealand kiwfruit are plentiful, sweet, and packed with vitamin C

Sweet potato

Golden fleshed kumara tubers are excellent value. Add diced and roasted low GI kumara to salads; they also make delicious wedges.

Asparagus

Aussie asparagus is a top buy. With prices so low why stop at one bunch. Add trimmed bunches of asparagus to risottos, blanch, toss in a spring salad with broad beans, enjoy bunches barbecued or toss in a hot wok with king prawns and crushed garlic.

Beetroot

Fresh spring beetroot is delectable. Cut into fine julienne strips and sprinkle over a salad just before serving adds vibrant colour, sweet flavour and a crunchy texture.

Bok Choy

Fresh and tasty bok choy is delicious steamed or tossed in a hot wok;. select bunches with crunchy pale stems and fresh-looking green leaves. Bok choy is a bargain

Broad beans

Tasty broad beans are a source of protein and iron, making them especially valuable for those who choose a vegetarian diet. Choose firm green broad beans with plump rather than bulging pods. Smaller young pods house the most tender beans. As a guide, 1 kg broad beans yields about 250g (1 cup) shelled beans.

Kale

Leafy kale is good value nutritionally and value for money. Use kale in similar ways to spinach. Add kale to healthy veggie or Buddha bowls

Celery

Crispy Victorian grown celery is delightful raw or cooked. Team celery with chicken, rockets and lemon mayonnaise for a light lunch

Fennel

Fennel is in peak supply; the quality is top-notch, and itís a bargain

Broccoli

Super healthy and ultra-versatile broccoli is a good buy this week.

Lebanese cucumber

Crisp, locally grown Lebanese cucumbers are plentiful. Grate cucumbers and mix with yoghurt and crushed garlic for a quick and healthy dip or dressing.

Zucchini

Versatile and affordable zucchini are in good supply at your local greengrocers. Add mild-tasting to a spaghetti Bolognese, frittata, meatloaf, pasta dishes, muffins, cakes, burger patties and char-grilled to add to salads.