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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

Brimming with vitamins and calcium and a rich source of fibre and potassium, mangoes are an all-time favourite. Kensington Pride is the most well-known and loved mango variety and it’s available from September until March. It has sweet succulent flesh. Late spring welcomes the arrival of Calypso, and R2E2 mangoes. A mango will yield to gentle pressure around the stem when it’s ripe

Honeydew Melon

Juicy green-fleshed honeydew melon is honey-sweet and a top buy. Picked ripe and ready to eat, it’s best to leave it for a few days at room temperature for its flavour to fully develop. When perfectly ripe, its flesh is succulent and juicy. White-skinned honeydew is the sweetest and contains more naturally occurring sugars than watermelon.

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Blueberries

Nature’s superfood, sweet nutrient-packed blueberries are one of the healthiest snack foods. Low in kilojoules, blueberries are high in antioxidants and support brain health.

Banana

Naturally sweet bananas are a storehouse of carbohydrate, vitamins and fibre. The ever-popular Cavendish variety is great all-rounder perfect for snacking and fruit salads

Apricots

Golden, velvety skinned apricots are now available at your local greengrocer. Fruit is richly flavoured and will improve as the season lengthens.

Papaya

Brimming with beneficial antioxidants and vitamin C, sweet and succulent papaya is a delicious Australian-grown tropical fruit. Ultra-healthy papaya’s nutritious flesh is enhanced by a squeeze of fresh lime juice. Pick up a sweet red-fleshed papaya from your local greengrocer

Nectarines

New season low chill white and yellow-fleshed, peaches and nectarines are now in season. This year’s drier growing conditions will mean that fruit size on average will be smaller in size, but it should also have a more intense flavour.

Cherries

The 2019 cherry season has started. Keep an eye out for cherries at your local greengrocer. It’s early days but the fruit quality s looking good.

Tomatoes

Add quality Truss tomatoes to your shopping list this week.For maximum flavour ripen tomatoes to a rich red colour by storing at room temperature.

Avocadoes

Creamy Hass avocados make vibrant smoothies packed with valuable antioxidants and tastes great!

Asparagus

Snap into Australian-grown asparagus as it’s now in peak season. Vibrant green with a delicate crunch, asparagus is one of the best sources of natural folate

Lebanese cucumbers

Tender, juicy and full of flavour Lebanese cucumbers are a top buy

Carrots

Versatile carrots are a thrifty buy. 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.

Iceberg Lettuce

Premium quality iceberg and Cos lettuce are economical to buy. Use the lettuce cups to make avocado, iceberg lettuce & egg rice paper rolls. Cos lettuce is the perfect lettuce to add a delightful crunch to a classic Caesar salad.

Zucchini

Ideal for making long pasta-like zucchini ‘spaghetti’, zucchinis is low carb, gluten-free and contains fibre. Created from fresh zucchini, it’s very easy to make using a julienne peeler or a spiralizer. About 800g zucchini is sufficient to make ‘spaghetti’ to serve 4.

Green beans

Premium handpicked green beans from Gympie have a 5-7 days shelf life and are a good buy

Kumara

Kumara is delicious served as a mash or thinly slice and layer with cream and sliced spring onions into a baking dish and cook until tender.

Kale

A rich source of many nutrients, kale is 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.