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Market Update 1st July 2020

QLD Strawberry season has started so from now until August, Strawberries are just going to get better and better at Fred’s. Be sure to rinse your Strawberries berries just prior to eating 

Australia’s love of sweet Blueberries continues to grow. In 2019 over 17,000 tonnes of fresh Blueberries were grown in Australia. Harvesting of new season Blueberries is well underway, Adding Blueberries to your winter meals will boost your diets fibre, vitamin C and antioxidant levels. If you love to bake, try this easy and delicious recipe; 

https://fredsfruit.com/blogs/recipes/banana-blueberry-chia-loaf

Tangelos have a tangy flavour and a fragrant aroma. Use their juice and flesh in recipes as an alternative to oranges in winter. Team tangelos segments with baby spinach leaves and walnuts in a salad. Tangelos are bursting with beneficial vitamin C. 

Dress up a winter salad with creamy nutrient enriched Hass Avocados. These nutty flavoured Avocados are in peak supply 

Navel oranges are in peak supply during Winter. We also highly recommend trying the attractive and juicy Cara Cara Navels; these seedless, sweet pinkish orange-fleshed variety originated in South America and are available from June to August 

Lemons are tangy, refreshing and versatile. Eureka Lemons are a firm, thick-skinned Lemon with high juice content. Homemade lemon curd is a scrumptious way to use Lemons or you can add Lemon rind and juice to pastry, pancakes or puddings 

Quince season is coming to an end very soon, so don’t miss out of cooking with this fragrant and tempting fruit. 

Supplies of bananas are on the increase hence prices are expected to fall by mid-week 

Cauliflower stars in the kitchen during cooler weather and are a great price this week at Fred’s One Stop. This adaptable vegetable is delicious roasted, braised, fried, mashed and steamed or eaten raw. Adding cauliflower to a winter classic, boosts the nutritional value and warms you up 

Savour the subtle sweet-onion flavour of plump flavoursome Leeks. Use Leeks as the basis for a tasty homemade vegetable soup such as Leek and Cauliflower, Leek and Zucchini or Leek and Pumpkin 

Celeriac is a delicious, creamy-fleshed winter vegetable that tastes like celery. Select pale, small-sized Celeriac that feels heavy for its size. To prepare Celeriac, peel and cut into pieces then drop into a bowl of cold water. Add some lemon juice to prevent the flesh discolouring. 

Silverbeet is sometimes mistakenly named Spinach, a vegetable that is distinguishable by its fleshly white stems and dark green leaves. Wilt Silverbeet in a pan over medium heat and toss with crumbled Feta, toasted Pine Nuts and a drizzle of Olive Oil. Alternatively, try Swiss Chard aka Rainbow Chard with its most attractive brightly coloured stems to make a delightfully coloured addition to a chunky vegetable soup 

On these cold nights, roast chopped orange Sweet Potato (Kumara) with Red Onion wedges in Olive Oil flavoured with Cumin and Coriander for 30 minutes or until tender. Serve with Lamb or Beef 

Broccoli is flourishing in this cooler weather. Steaming and stir-frying are ideal methods for cooking Broccoli. If boiling, be sure to use small quantities of water and cook rapidly as overcooking reduces its flavour and vitamin content. Spicy Broccoli & Chilli soup is a delicious choice in Winter. 

With an overlap of supply from Bowen and Bundaberg Queensland grown Red Capsicums are a top buy this week! 

Winter is the peak time for root vegetables and cabbage, and what better way to enjoy these earth flavours than in a winter vegetable, barley and lamb shank soup. Loaded with flavour and nourishment this soup is warm and comforting 

With a sweet, unique flavour, Parsnips are a delicious alternative to Potatoes. Try them roasted, mashed, as wedges or fried crisps. Peel and halve parsnips lengthways, toss in olive oil, garlic and a drizzle of maple syrup then roast until tender and golden. For a treat, try this simple yet recipe; 

https://fredsfruit.com/blogs/recipes/parsnip-leek-beef-ragu-with-pappardelle

Crinkly leaved Savoy cabbage is a winter favourite and bargain-priced. Alternatively, Cavolo Nero also known as Black or Tuscan cabbage is well-priced 

Brown Onions from Tasmania and South Australia are plentiful and a must have for enriching winter soups and casseroles 

5-kilo bags of Washed, Brushed or Desiree Potatoes are a thrifty buy this week at Fred’s One Stop. Delicious roasted, fried, mashed or baked potatoes are hearty and nutritious

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