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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?


When it comes to cherries the old saying “you get what you pay for” rings true. Cherries supplies are picking up and the prices are slowly easing however good eating cherries will be at a premium price. Cheaper cherries are probably best suited to cooking a cherry jam or chutney this week.


When it comes to peaches and nectarines, the tip at this time of year is to make sure the fruit ripens to a slightly soft texture to ensure fruit develops its maximum flavour. White and yellow-fleshed peaches and nectarines are ranging in price


Melons thrive in warmer weather, this week checkout rockmelon, honeydew and Piel de Sapo. Seedless watermelon are also a good choice.

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Naturally sweet and irresistible Victorian strawberries are ready to enjoy. For something more special team them up with blueberries , blackberries, and raspberries.


November to January is the best time to enjoy Aussie grown apricots. Fresh, ripe apricots are juicy and taste both sweet and a bit tart. If unripe, place apricots in a paper bag at room temperature for one to two days. Fully ripe apricots should be used or eaten immediately.


Enjoy sweet-eating Queensland pineapples in a fruit salad; add pineapple to your green juices, chunks of pineapple are delightful in a Thai style curry or a sweet and sour dish


Mouth-watering Northern Territory mangoes are impossible to resist. Mangoes make quick desserts and add sweetness to summery salads. Choose from Kensington Pride, Calypso and the R2E2 mangoes.


The first of the season plums are now available


Cherry and grape tomatoes are plentiful and a thrifty purchase. Also available are flavoursome Truss tomatoes, fleshy, oval shaped Roma tomatoes.


Australian grown grapes are increasing in supply, and fruit is starting to sweeten up


Put crisp, healthy salads back on the menu extra crunchy Cos and Iceberg lettuce are a thrifty buy this week

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Sweet flavoured and low GI kumara is delicious roasting to serve hot with roast turkey or serve it cold in a salad. With pumpkin prices up this year, I recommend kumara, it adds colour and is good value

Green onions

Pick up a large bunch of green onions this week. Add green onions to salads, scrambled eggs, pasta dishes or sandwich fillings for a delicate onion flavour.


Crispy bean sprouts add crunch and flavour to all sorts of dishes. Choose firm white bean sprouts with small yellow tips. Rinse in cold water just before use. Toss bean sprouts through any stir-fries just before serving.


Glossy purple-black skinned eggplants have a tender texture and subtle flavour. Delicious sautéed, baked, grilled or barbecued, or pan-fried, eggplants absorb flavours so work well with flavours like tomato, garlic and basil. Premium glasshouse grown eggplant are firm and tasty

Lebanese Cucumber

Cucumbers are ideal for salads, adding to rice paper rolls or making your own home-made tzatziki Lebanese cucumbers are refreshing, crunchy and are good value


For value, taste and versatility fresh asparagus is a winner, its delicate nutty flavour can be enjoyed raw or cooked, hot or cold and Aussie spears team deliciously with veal, pasta, seafood, prosciutto, chicken and steak. This premium quality vegetable is top of my list

Bok Choy

Versatile bok choy is quick and easy to cook and a thrifty buy. Select bunches with crisp pale-cream stems and fresh-looking green leaves.


A barbecue is not complete without mushrooms. Flats (large open mushrooms) have a rich, intense flavour and meaty texture. Superfood mushrooms are a must-have on the shopping list and are available at your local greengrocer


Versatile zucchinis are a choice buy.Try slicing them in half lengthwise, score, then brush with a little olive oil and place on the barbecue or grill plate, cook turning once until tender.


the clean, fresh flavour of mint enlivens salads, sauces, dressings, boiled potatoes and couscous dish.

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Antioxidant-rich kale is a tasty and thrifty buy