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Market Update 20th May 2020

Quinces are an ancient fruit that requires a long slow cooking process. They can be stewed, poached, baked or transformed into Jams, Jellies and Pastes. Quince teams with Cloves, Cinnamon, Lemon, Honey, Mint, Garlic, Cumin and Allspice. Quinces are superb when slowly simmered in a Sugar and Cinnamon syrup. Try out slow cooker Orange Spiced Quince 

Zesty Lemons are so versatile. Whip up tangy Lemon curd, a steamy Lemon pudding or marinate Lamb steaks in Lemon and Oregano to make them extra special 

Imperial Mandarins are refreshingly juicy and jam- packed with a delicious tangy flavour 

Queensland sSrawberries supplies are on the increase. A fragrant aroma is a good indication of flavour intensity. Adding sliced Strawberries to your porridge in the mornings will add vitamin C, folate and fibre to your diet 

Autumn-Winter is a great time to serve up Rhubarb. Select Rhubarb with even-sized, ruby coloured stems and fresh-looking leaves. Remove and discard the leaves, only use the rhubarb stems. Microwave chopped Rhubarb with a good sprinkling of Caster Sugar and cook until tender. Serve hot or cold with Custard or Ice Cream. 

We are spoiled for choice at Fred’s when it comes to Apples such as Pink Lady, Royal Gala, Delicious and Granny Smith 

Kiwifruit is in good supply with a fantastic source of vitamin C and Vitamin E as well as dietary Fibre. Popular green-fleshed Kiwifruit is less sweet than the yellow-fleshed variety. 

Gold/yellow-fleshed kiwifruit has very juicy, sweet, tender golden-yellow flesh. It’s slightly elongated in shape. A mere 40g of Gold Kiwifruit contains the recommended daily intake of vitamin C 

The Cavendish banana is Australians favourite Banana with more than one billion eaten each year. Whip up this Banana, Blueberry & Chia Loaf 

Pears elegant shape and distinctive texture make them the perfect choice for stylish winter desserts. Use Beurru Bosc Pears to make easy Roasted Pears with Honey and Walnuts 

Cooler weather is the perfect time to embrace flavoursome Root vegetables. Parsnips, Turnips, Swedes and Beetroot taste delicious when roasted with a sprinkling of spices or fresh herbs 

Celeriac has been referred to as the ugly duckling of Root Vegetables yet, once peeled its creamy white flesh can be thinly julienned and tossed raw through Mayonnaise to serve as a Remoulade. Celeriac is also a tasty addition to a coleslaw 

Victorian grown Fennel is in its prime with its aniseed flavour being more robust when raw and milder when cooked. Sautéed or baked, Fennel can be added to Casseroles and Soups. Fennel is a tasty addition to Risotto 

Delectably unlike other nuts, Chestnuts natural goodness is attained through cooking. Roast up a kilo and stock up your freezer so you can add that special wintery touch to meals year-round. Chestnuts are delicious pureed with Mushrooms, Cauliflower or Pumpkin to make a tasty Puree or Stock for flavoursome Soup 

For value you cannot go past Wombok. This oval- shaped Cabbage is a versatile, flavoursome and a thrifty buy at Fred’s One Stop. Toss sliced Chicken in a hot wok with a little oil, garlic and green onions until almost cooked through. Add shredded Cabbage and Kecap Manis and stir-fry until leaves just wilt, toss through fried noodles and serve 

Love them or loath them, there is no denying that Brussels Sprouts are jam-packed with goodness. Try these tasty combination Brussels sprouts with Chorizo & crispy Breadcrumbs or hide them from the fussy eaters in these Brussels Sprouts, Chia & Parmesan Fritters 

Broccoli is a versatile and nutritious vegetable; add Broccoli florets to a stir-fry, to chunky Vegetable soups, add to a Pasta Bake or alternatively, toss blanched florets in with a salad 

With the cooler weather now with us our thoughts turn to hearty Casseroles, wholesome Stews and Soups, so what better ingredient for these dishes than golden fleshed Pumpkin. Whole Jap, Butternut and Jarrahdale Pumpkins are selling well at Fred’s this week 

Cauliflowers are bursting with goodness and flavour. Cauliflower enriches and nourishes a soup like this Cauliflower, Leek and Bacon soup. Cauliflower is delicious in a Vegetable Curry. Cold nights and a strong demand for them is keeping Cauliflower prices reasonable 

Highly nutritious and ultra-versatile leafy Kale is delicious added to soups but have you tried adding it to creamy Mashed Potatoes? 

Prized for their soft, oniony flavour and lovely aroma, Leeks are used in the same way as you would use Onions as a base for a Stew or Braise. Leeks are ideal for featuring in a Veggie Pie. Leeks are used extensively in making Creamy Soups

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