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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?


Carrots are a thrifty and versatile veggie that is delicious enjoyed raw or cooked.

Snake beans

Snakes beans continue to be a great buy. Ideal for Asian dishes and stir-fries, snakes are complemented by flavours, such as garlic, ginger, tomatoes and fresh herbs.


Crisp and crunchy celery is a great all-rounder that adds a delightful texture to salads, risotto, casseroles and stir-fries.


Grated zucchinis make an economical base for tomato pasta sauces and is also excellent in egg-based dishes such as quiche, omelette and frittata.


If you are looking for an ingredient that is rich in flavour, super healthy and very easy to prepare then you can’t go pass mushrooms. They cook in minutes and add loads of umami flavour to stir-fries, casseroles and pizza toppings. Mushrooms are the only ingredient in the fresh produce aisle to supply vitamin D.


In abundance in summer, fragrant basil teams well with ripe tomatoes, soft cheese like feta or ricotta and pasta. Choose vibrant basil with firm leaves and a distinct fresh aroma.


For value, quality and ease of preparation corn on the cob is a winner.


Roasted, microwaved, boiled or steamed pumpkin is delicious. Add diced pumpkin to a spicy red curry or pasta dish.


Vibrant eggplant comes in many shapes and sizes. So versatile, this mild tasting veggie is the perfect addition to a variety of hot and cold autumn dishes because it readily absorbs flavour and becomes very tender once cooked. Eggplant is delicious any way you try it – barbecued, roasted, steamed, grilled or fried.

Williams pears

New season Williams pears from Shepparton in Victoria are sweet, juicy and flavoursome


Australian limes are plentiful and affordable. Use the rind and the juice of a lime in the same way you use lemons.


Late season peaches and nectarines are still good eating and top value. Try the pale coloured Golden Queen peaches for poaching and persevering

Royal Gala apples

Bilpin, Batlow, and Stanhope apple harvests are underway and the new season Royal gala apples are sweet, juicy and crisp. Royal Gala apples are available from February through to August, they are a medium in size and the skin has a yellow base with red flushes.


Fresh figs are a luscious treat. In fact, figs are 55% natural sugar, the highest sugar content of any common fruit. Figs also share a trait with pineapple and papaya leaves: they contain an enzyme that digest proteins and can therefore be used to tenderize meats.


Australia grown Valencia oranges are sweet and juicy. You will notice that the skin on the Valencia orange at this time of year has a green tinge; this simply means the fruit is sun ripened and extra sweet.


Mangoes are still available. Select from Klietts, R2E2, Kensington Pride, Palmer, Calypso, Kent and Honey Gold.


Sweet eating seedless grapes such as Thompson, Sultana and Crimson are in season, or try the Red Globe and Black Beauty they have seeds but are delicious eating.


Banana’s are a top buy this week


Checkout plums this week, select from red or yellow fleshed varieties. There are numerous varieties to select from.


Colourful juicy melons flourish in the warmer weather – so late summer is Melon time – Fragrant and juicy rockmelon from the Riverland of NSW, Honeydew, Cassava and super sweet Piel de sapo melons are all in season

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