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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

Enticing new season Royal gala and Delicious apples are super crisp and tasty.

Sweet persimmons

Sweet persimmons season has started. Sweet persimmon also known as Fuji fruit look like are persimmon however unlike traditional persimmons, they can be eaten hard and crisp. Their attractive tangerine coloured flesh is a tasty addition to a salad or cheese board.

Pomegranates

Pomegranates are increasingly being recognised as a rich source of antioxidants and adored for their dynamic ruby coloured nectar and arils.

Pears

Flavoursome Williams’ pears are a top buy. Roasted pears are a superb accompaniment to roast pork and combine deliciously with parsnips. Remember that pears continue to ripen are harvesting so select firm, mature pears and ripen at room temperature. If poaching or roasting pears, use firm pears for the best result.

Plums

Everyone loves stonefruit and plums are no exception. Late season plums include Autumn Giant, Teagan Blue and October Sun are all in season

Figs

Be sure to pick up figs, this week as the quality is excellent. Naturally sweet figs are delightful slice and served with muesli, add them to a salad or enjoy them grilled or baked. Figs team superbly with prosciutto, cream, blue cheeses, raspberries, cream, honey, rocket and nuts.

Grapes

Super sweet sultana grapes are delicious eating right now. The red-skinned crimson seedless are a choice buy for quality, crunch and value.

Sweetcorn

Sweet by name and sweet by nature – sweetcorn is a choice buy.

Okra

Okra also known as Lady’s Fingers are a green furry pod that is used in soups, casseroles, curries and are scrumptiously battered and deep fried. Trim 500g okra and cook in boiling water for 5 minutes.

Kumera

Golden fleshed kumara tubers are excellent value. Add diced and roasted kumara to a salad, they make delicious wedges

Avocados

Shepard avocados are a pear-shaped variety with smooth green skin and a golden buttery flesh which does not turn brown when cut. With an average size 200g-320g, they are in season from February to May and good value

Onions

Firm, papery-skinned brown onions are full of flavour. Perfect for a bowl of nourishing French onion soup or add them to a roast or casserole.

Cauliflower

Cauliflower cheese has long been a childhood favourite and this week they're good value.

Carrots

Carrots are very tasty at the moment and good value.

Pistachio Nuts

When visiting your local greengrocer this week keep an eye out for fresh pistachio nuts. Available for only 4-5 weeks they are a seasonal treat. Their attractive soft, pink and yellow mottled skin covers the hard, semi spit shell. The nut itself is mild tasting with a creamy texture and is delicious as a healthy snack and tasty addition to baked goods

Asian Greens

Asian leafy greens like bok choy, choy sum, gai lum and on choy/ Kan Kong (water spinach) are terrific value. Make a stir-fry healthier and boost the texture and colour.

Zucchini

Versatile zucchini is a choice buy. Barbecue, char-grill or grate and add to cooked pasta. Zucchini is also an appetising addition to a cake batter, adding extra nutritional value and moisture and a delicate flavour

Olives

Have you ever tried pickling your own olives? Whilst a bit time consuming it is a very rewarding and ultimately delicious experience to pickle your own olives. Green olives are plentiful right now so gather up your jars and get bottling.