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Market Update 15th April 2020

Juicy Imperial Mandarin season has started. Over the coming weeks, the sweetness of Imperial Mandarins will improve, and prices will ease as supply increases

Fill your fruit bowl with New Season Apples. Choose from the many varieties at Fred’s One Stop!

Pears make for a scrumptiously sweet, refreshing snack however, they are also the perfect choice for adding sweetness to a salad or using to create a delectable dessert

Papaya makes for an excellent breakfast fruit. Serve chilled halves with seeds removed, topped with natural yoghurt

Tangy autumn Limes are packed with juicy goodness right now

Custard Apples knobbly shape and pale green skin may not appeal to the unadventurous eater but when you discover just now super-sweet and tasty the soft creamy flesh is this tropical fruit is you will be looking for them every season

Both Sweet Persimmon (eaten firm) and the traditional softer style Persimmon are now in season.

Pomegranates with their luscious ruby arils have an intense, sweet-tart flavour that adds something special to sweet and savoury dishes. Remove the arils from the leathery casing and store in an airtight container in the refrigerator and use with 3 days. Team Pomegranate with Couscous, Eggplant, Mint or Lamb.

Don’t miss out of the fabulous range of premium quality melons that are in season. Rockmelons are a Top Buy! Whole seedless watermelon is always a family favourite while sweet eating Piel de Sapo Melons originally from Spain are good value

Supplies of Salad Tomatoes from Bundaberg have increased. Truss tomatoes are a good choice while Cherry Tomatoes are well-priced

There is a good range of grapes at Fred’s One Stop. If you like your Grapes sweet and crunchy than we recommend the Crimson and Thompson Seedless Grapes while the new elongated and black-skinned Sapphire Grapes make for delicious eating

Exotic Figs, Guavas are a choice buy in Autumn

Wong Bok also known as Chinese Cabbage is one of the most popular Asian vegetables. Take advantage of the easing prices as supplies increase. Shred the pale white-green leaves then add to noodle dishes, stir-fries or soups at the last minute or enjoy raw in a salad

Tantalise your taste buds with full-flavoured Fresh Herbs. Add Mint, Rosemary, Tarragon, Coriander and Oregano to your Autumn cooking to add wonderf. To keep fresh herbs at their best, wrap then in damp paper towel and store in a plastic bag in the refrigerator

With its delightful Aniseed taste, Fennel can either be eaten raw or cooked. If using Fennel raw, slice thinly and drizzle with Extra Virgin Olive Oil. Slice or dice bulbs and braise, roast or add to soup or try this braised Fennel, Lemon & Thyme Chicken. Fennel is currently well priced

Did you know that Iceberg lettuce got its name from the way it was traditionally packed on ice for transportation? Iceberg Lettuce is well priced and can be a thrifty way to fill up the family. Some tasty ways to use Iceberg lettuce;

San Choy Bow – served in lettuce cups

Taco’s - served with shredded lettuce

Shredded Iettuce tossed with cooked peeled prawns, diced Avocado and Aioli sauce

A classic BLT – Bacon, lettuce and tomato sandwich

Use the leaves as a wrap for chicken and a salad rollup

Ah, the magic of Mushrooms! Add sliced Swiss Brown mushrooms to pizza toppings, risotto and pasta sauce. Shiitake Mushrooms add flavour to stir-fries.  Alternatively, sauté sliced Flat Mushrooms with Garlic until tender then serve them with steamed veggies

Broccolini is a Top Buy at Fred’s One Stop Shopping! Chargrill Broccolini to add a delicate smoky flavour then serve topped with Hummus and Pomegranate arils

Substitute mild-tasting leeks for onion in risottos, frittatas, soups, braises or casseroles. Choose small to medium-sized leeks with firm white stems and bright green tops. Leeks are available for $2.50-$3 depending on size.

Asian Greens are super-high in nutritional value. Veggies like Choy sum and Bok Choy are easy to cook and great value

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