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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?

Grapes

Sweet eating seedless grapes such as natural sultana, Thompson and Menideee Flame varieties and baby currant grapes are in season.

Figs

Luscious, sweet figs are sublime. Figs team equally as well with savoury foods such as nuts, meats and cheese as they do with sweet ingredients such as citrus and chocolate

Rockmelons

Full-flavoured rockmelons from the NSW Riverina are a bargain. A good rockmelon will have a characteristic melon aroma and feel heavy for its size.

Why not try...

Peaches

Make the most of late season peaches and nectarines; both the white and yellow flesh varieties are still available. Late season peaches are delicious roasted, poached or baked.

Pears

Juicy, sweet and economical Williams’ pears are tasty addition to a salad. Place slices of firm pear to a salad bowl, toss in rocket leaves, toasted walnuts and shaved parmesan. Drizzle with lime juice and olive oil and toss

Limes

Limes are plentiful and top value.

Oranges

Snap up a bargain with juicy Valencia oranges. Whilst the skin colour will be tinged with green pigment at this time of year the fruit is loaded with juicy and a generous serving of vitamin C.

Sweetcorn

Victorian sweetcorn is a thrifty buy.

Red capsicums

Field grown red capsicums are excellent roasted, in salads or stir fries.

Eggplant

Delicious roasted, baked or fried eggplant adds the smoky flavour to salads or pizza toppings or use layers of sliced grilled

Snake beans

Slender, fleshy and dark green in colour, snake beans are tender, mild-flavoured and versatile. Snake beans are at their peak freshness and value early autumn.

Zucchini

Zucchinis are better value this week. Grated zucchini is perfect for adding to a pasta sauces or sauté sliced zucchinis with crushed garlic until tender eggplant instead of pasta in lasagne.

Fennel

Delicious served raw or cooked, fennels mild aniseed flavour teams superbly with pears, plums, oranges, potatoes, seafood, pork or chicken.

Avocado

New season Queensland grown Shepard avocados are now in store and a top buy. A pear-shaped avocado with a creamy flesh, this avocado does not oxidise (go brown) when cut, so it is ideal for adding to salads that need to be made ahead of time.