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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?


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


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 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.


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

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


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


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

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


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


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.


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.


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


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 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.


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


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


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