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Market Update 13th May 2020

Imperial Mandarins make for some sweet and juicy eating right now but have you considered juicing them or adding segments of Mandarin to Autumn Salads and Stir-fries? We used the rind and juice in these Mandarin & Ricotta doughnuts with mandarin syrup to Mandarins to create a decadent dessert 

Fine weather conditions in far North Queensland are producing a bumper crop of quality Bananas hence Bananas are a bargain! 

Good quality Lemons are a kitchen essential and this week, Lemons are a cheaper option to Limes. 

Rhubarb when cooked makes for a rich, tangy dessert and for this reason, it is often teamed with Apples or Pears and a little sugar to sweeten the desserts. Treat yourself to this apple and rhubarb and apple sponge pudding

Quinces make for one of the easiest of desserts. Simply wrap, washed, cored and halved Quinces in foil with orange rind, cinnamon and butter then bake until tender. Baked or roasted Quinces taste scrumptious when teamed with Lamb, Duck or Roast Pork 

Nothing beats freshly squeezed Orange juice for flavour. New-season Australian grown Navel Oranges are now available and bursting with tangy-flavour 

Pears are not just a naturally sweet snack; they add sweetness and crunch to a salad or when poached or roasted to make an elegant dessert. The fruit is ready to eat when it yields to gentle pressure at the stem end 

Persimmons are glossy-skinned and soften on ripening. Halve a soft, ripe Persimmon and scoop out the flesh. Tastes delicious folded through thick vanilla Yoghurt and served with toasted Muesli 

Avocados are currently well-supplied. Smashed Avocado tastes delightful on toast with a squeeze of Lemon juice. each. Team avocados with taste toppers like Feta Cheese, grilled Prosciutto, Chilli, poached Eggs, Rocket or sliced Tomatoes 

Quality Salad and Truss Tomatoes from Bundaberg and South Australia, are a good buy 

Versatile green onions (Shallots) area thrifty buy! 

Nourishing and multi-purpose Broccoli is a good price. Look for firm and bright green heads 

Mushrooms are a tasty addition to cool weather cooking. Vitamin B enriched Mushrooms taste delicious in Risotto, Tagines, Stir-fries, Casseroles, Dumplings and Soups 

Chestnut Season is in full swing. Grab a bag of Chestnuts to roast or boil them, to use in soups, add them to a tray of roast veggies, or toss them through a stir-fry and salad. Team with cauliflower, pumpkin or mushrooms and make a creamy scrumptious soup 

Red cabbage is a power-house of nutrients and vitamins and perfect for autumn slaws, stir-fries and pickling. Toss into a stir-fry with garlic, chilli, green onions, lean pork and char-sui sauce for a quick and easy meal 

Brussels Sprouts are a good source of vitamins. For something bit different, finely shred Brussels Sprouts and stir-fry with chopped Bacon, Pine Nuts and Garlic. 

Celebrate the cooler weather with earthy Root Vegetables. Roasting Root Vegetables concentrates the inherent sweetness of Carrots, Parsnips, Sweet Potatoes and Potatoes 

Cauliflowers are firm and tasty. Rediscover just how versatile Cauliflower can be. Traditionally steamed or boiled and enjoyed as a Mornay or Soup, Cauliflower can be easily grated then sautéed and used as a rice replacement. Another popular way to enliven cauliflower is to roast florets with a sprinkling of cumin or Moroccan seasoning

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