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Market Update 10th June 2020

A popular buy, Rhubarb has a distinct tangy flavour that teams superbly with Apples, Pears, Cinnamon, Lemon rind or Ginger when it comes to making warm Winter Desserts 

Go Bananas for creamy Cavendish Bananas are both nourishing and satisfying. Serve Banana Smoothies to the kids as an after-school energy-packed drink or alternatively, add Banana to a bowl of Breakfast Cereal 

Winter is prime time to make the most of Hass Avocados with their butter-like texture and rich nutty flavour. Get mashing customers! 

It is a Top Year for sweet, juicy Navel Oranges at Fred’s One Stop Shopping 

Scoop up some Kiwifruit and enjoy this fabulous source of Vitamin C. Select firm Kiwifruit and allow to ripen at room temperature until slightly soft 

Limes are traditionally not plentiful in Winter and tend to be more expensive than Lemons however, due to an extra mild Autumn we are now seeing a good supply of Limes harvested in QLD which means both Lemons and Limes are now great value. Try this easy recipe: https://fredsfruit.com/blogs/recipes/lemon-lime-bars

Flavoursome Crimson Seedless Grapes are deliciously sweet and good value right now. Add roasted grapes to your winter salads for a boost of sweetness 

Imperial Mandarins are virtually seedless and are very easy to peel. Buy high-quality Imperial Mandarins from Fred’s One Stop! 

Carrots are a thrifty buy and add a lovely sweetness to Soups and Casseroles. Fabulous also when steamed, mashed, or roasted 

Supporting Local Farmers at Fred’s – a medley of Asian Leafy Greens such as Bok Choy and Choy Sum in a stir-fry with marinated Beef or Chicken, makes an ideal meal for busy people! 

Parsnips are of premium quality and add sweetness to Soups and Casseroles. For something a little different, try cooking in milk and pureeing with a dollop of cream, season then serve with Steak, Chicken or Fish 

Time to warm-up your winter cooking with feisty Chillies. Freshly harvested from Bundaberg and Bowen, Chillies are plentiful. The mild long red chillies are ideal for adding a gentle kick or if you want to spice it up try the green Jalapeño variety 

Broccoli supplies are coming from NSW, Victoria and QLD however, with most growing areas experiencing extra cold overnight temperatures which slows up the growing time and turns Broccoli heads purple 

Pumpkin is an inexpensive vegetable that is both versatile and nutritious. Toss Pumpkin with Baby Spinach Leaves, Sesame Oil and Mirin, Soy and Lemon dressing or whip up a pot of Creamy Pumpkin Soup using Jap and grey-skinned Jarrahdale Pumpkins 

Chilly days call for bowls of warming Soups for which Leeks are perfect. Rich in flavour and high in nutritional value, Leeks when caramelized, add sweetness and depth of flavour to Soups. They team well with Cauliflower, Celeriac, Carrots, Pumpkin, Sweet Potato and Tomato 

Premium quality Brussels Sprouts are a top buy this week. Select Brussels sprouts that are a similar size to ensure that all the Brussels Sprouts cook in an equal amount of time 

Orange fleshed Sweet Potato aka Kumara are good value at Fred’s One Stop. With their pleasant flavour, Kumara are delicious when mashed, roasted or baked. Try out this recipe; https://fredsfruit.com/blogs/recipes/carrot-kumara-cauliflower-rojan-josh-curry

Beetroot, with its rich colour and delicate flavour, adds stunning colour to winter meals. Beetroot are in heaviest supply from May through to November 

Make the most of Fresh Herbs this Winter: Sage is excellent with Fish, Pork, Duck, Veal and Chicken whilst Thyme teams well with Chicken, Stock and Sausages 

Leafy Kale is both economical and highly nutritional. Used raw in Salads and Juices or alternatively, it can be added to a Frittata 

Swiss Chard is now in season. Similar to Siverbeet, this leafy green veggie is a show stopper with its vibrant coloured stems. Add to Soups, Stir-fries, Lentil, Rice and Couscous dishes

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