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Market Update 2 December 2020

Nothing heralds the arrival of the Festive Season like sweet Australian grown cherries. Plump, glossy red fruit with their green stems, are delicious as a healthy snack. Cherries taste fabulous when added to decadent joyous desserts like this cherry and chocolate Pavlova:

Mangoes bring that lush Tropical taste to your Summer table. Sweet, juicy Mangoes are ideal on their own or in tempting chilled summer desserts. Kensington Pride are in short supply as we wait for Mareeba’s season to increase volumes. 

For value, convenience and versatility you can’t beat creamy Innisfail BANANAS! 

Peaches and Nectarines with their luscious flesh and fragrant aroma, are a popular choice. Both white and yellow flesh fruit are plentiful and the quality is outstanding. Try this for a delicious treat:

Golden velvety -skinned Apricots are at their Seasonal BEST in December so be sure to pop some in your shopping trolley this week. 

December is a fabulous time for BERRIES. Make the most of Strawberries, Blueberries, Raspberries, Boysenberries, Loganberries, Blackberries and Red Currants this month. 

Limes add that ZING to Meals and Drinks! Time to ad Limes to your shopping list with supply increasing and prices easing. Limes are good for use in Cocktails, Marinades, Salad Dressing. 

Rockmelons are in Season along with Tropical tasting Pineapples. Both are well priced! 


If cut Watermelon is the go for your family, Fred’s have fresh cut Watermelon every day! 

Full-flavoured Truss Cherry Tomatoes are a value buy. Alternatively, why not pick up a punnet of Cherry Tomatoes or Salad Tomatoes today from Fred’s One Stop Shopping. 

Whether your Vegetarian, Flexitarian or simply choose to eat a Plant-based Diet, these easy to make VEGGIE BURGERS are super delicious and incorporate two of this week’s top buys of Carrots and Zucchini…. 

Versatile Zucchini is delicious eaten raw or cooked. Enjoy Zucchini in Stir-fries, Frittatas, Fritters, Rice dishes, Pasta sauces or team Zucchini with Tomatoes, Basil, Mint, Lemons, Parmesan, Capers, Nuts or Anchovies. 

Lebanese Cucumbers have a cool and refreshing flavour and high-water content. Serve Cucumbers diced, thinly sliced, ribboned or cut into julienne. Complimentary flavours include Fetta, Garlic, Mint, Lemons, Olives, Cumin, Fish and Chicken. These avocado, prawn, mint and coriander rice paper rolls are ideal for serving with festive drinks. 

Plump, fresh Eggplant is ideal for Vegetarian Schnitzels. Once crumbed and cooked, Eggplant is tender, mild-tasting and absolutely delicious served with a drizzle of Mayonnaise and Lemon juice. Eggplants are a choice buy at Fred’s. 

Fresh ruby red beetroot tastes delicious raw or cooked with its sweet, nutty –earth flavour. Beetroot is on trend and there are so many ways to add more healthy beetroot to your diet; cleansing juices, salads or for adding colour and natural sweetness to a Marinades. 

Take your cooking to a fresh and tasty level by using Fresh Herbs. Herbs add flavour to festive cooking. Sprinkle fresh Thyme sprigs across roasted vegetables, add Sage and Parsley to meat stuffing. Combine lots of Basil Leaves, Extra Virgin Olive Oil, Heirloom Tomatoes and Black Olives to serve as a side dish. 

Celery is fabulous for adding crunch to Summer Salads. Whip up an easy Rocket, Celery and Chicken Salad with Lemon Mayonnaise. 

Red Onions from Griffith and Gatton are plentiful, and that means for customers that they are a thrifty buy this week. Tip: Slice onions and place in icy cold water to crisp up the texture. Mild flavoured Red Onions are perfect for adding to Salsas and Salads. 

Green beans have come back in price this week

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