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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?

Apples

Crunch into a new season apple. Select from Jazz, Kanzi, Royal Gala, Golden Delicious, Red Delicious, Bonza, Fuji, Granny and Pink Lady. To maintain the juicy, crisp, texture of apples at home, remember to store them in the refrigerator

Pomegranates

Pomegranates are available mid-autumn until late winter. The dynamic colour, tangy nectar and abundant seeds of the pomegranate have made it a symbol of love and plenty. It is only the sweet - tart flavoured seeds and juice that are edible.

Rockmelon

There is a good supply of flavoursome, in expensive and good to eating rockmelon available at your local greengrocer. Itís time to pop rockmelons back on the shopping list.

Why not try...

Bananas

Despite their creamy texture bananas contain no fat at all. Bananas make an ideal snack. Use bananas in or serve with pancakes, add to muffins and cakes or shake up a delicious smoothie.

Avocado

Smooth, creamy with a nutty flavour Shepard avocado are a top buy. A good source of vitamin B6, this vitamin has many functions and is especially important during exercise when it plays a role in changing amino acids into glucose to provide energy to the muscles.

Pears

The best of the bounty of fibre rich pears can be enjoyed during the cooler months. Harvested mature and firm, pears should be ripened at room temperature until they yield to gentle pressure at the stem end. If cooking with pears like in this poached turmeric, lime & honey pears, use semi ripe fruit. New season William, Packham, Josephine and Beurru Bosc pears are all good value.

Olives

If you adore olives, then try pickling our own. You can pick up a kilo of green kalamata olives this week.

Ruby Red Grapefruit

With its pinkish red flesh new season Ruby red grapefruit are attractive and sweet to eat. Add segments to a salad and team with shredded fennel, rocket or baby spinach leaves.

Limes

Extra juicy North Coast grown limes are still available

Mandarins

New season Imperial mandarins from Gayndah in QLD are started this week.

Why not try...

Broccolini

Broccolini this broccoli and gai lum cross has long tender, edible stems with small broccoli florets.

Eggplants

Versatile eggplants are available in a range of varieties in Autumn.

Asian Greens

A delightful array of Asian vegetables can be found at your local greengrocer. Add a delicious crunch and goodness to your stir-fries by adding a bunch of choy sum or pak choy.

Leeks

Versatile, mild flavoured leeks are ideal for flavouring soups, casseroles, flans, pies and vegetable dishes. Combine leeks with cheese, cream, bacon, tomatoes, potatoes and mushrooms. Try leeks as an alternative to onions. Tip: Split and fan leeks, then wash, under running water to dislodge and soil.

Fennel

Fennel is a crisp, root vegetable with a delicate aniseed flavour that complements lamb and seafood, fennel also teams deliciously with pears and plums. Serve thinly sliced fennel as an accompaniment to a hot curry or simmer in vegetable stock and serve with chicken.

Mushrooms

If you enjoy mushrooms and letís face it who doesnít? Then autumn is the perfect time to use mushrooms with other seasonal favourites, like chestnuts, pumpkin, leeks or Asian leafy greens. Team with jumbo flats or mild flavoured buttons in omelettes, sautť sliced mushrooms over crisp toasted and top with a poached egg.

Carrots

Pick up a kilo bag of ultra-versatile and super value carrots