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Market Update 25th November 2020

IT’S CHERRY SEASON and Red Cherries make for some really sweet eating! Early season varieties are softer fleshed and flavoursome. Try this delicious recipe: https://fredsfruit.com/blogs/recipes/cherry-tiramisu-trifle

Velvety skinned Apricots are also in season. Add fresh Apricots to savoury or sweet dishes turn them into homemade jam, spicy apricot chutney or poach apricots in a vanilla syrup to serves as a dessert.

Flavoursome, and ultra-juicy Peaches and Nectarines are well supplied. Select from White and Yellow-fleshed fruit and the varieties that are now available.

Piel de Sapo Melons also known as the Christmas Melon - about the size and shape of a football with an attractive green mottled rind and crisp, super sweet white-flesh. There are similar to a honeydew but super tasty.

AUSSIE-GROWN GRAPES ARE IN SEASON!

Menindee Seedless are sweet eating as are the pink-skinned Flame Seedless variety and the blacked-skinned Midnight Beauty. Be sure to wash grapes and store in the fridge to ensure they are crisp and firm eating.

Bananas are an all-time favourite. When bananas start to develop a brown freckled appearance on the dulling yellow skin, this indicates that they are at prime ripeness and all the starch content has changed to sugar, so they are at their sweetest.

Delicate Blackberries range in colour from deep purple to black. Choose Blackberries that are deep and evenly coloured; blackberries should be sweet and tart but never sour tasting. Serve blackberries with pancakes, puree into a coulis to serve with ice-cream, add to a crumble or berry trifle or serve with meringue or Pavlova.

Sweet and juicy Mangoes bring a lush tropical taste to your summer table. Mangoes are ideal on their own or in tempting chilled summer desserts. Ripen mangoes at room temperature until the fruit yields to gentle pressure around the stem.

Treat yourself to NEW SEASON LYCHEES! Did you know that Australia has the most extended longest Lychee Season in the world and produces more than 16 different varieties? This Lychee, Cucumber and Duck Noodle Salad is flavour packed;

For value, taste and ease of cooking Fresh ASPARAGUS is always a WINNER!

Sweetcorn is a thrifty buy at Fred’s! Have you ever tried cooking Cobs of Corn on the BBQ? Carefully pull back the green husks and remove the silk-like threads from the corn cob. Pullover the husk to enclose the cob, and tie with cooking string. Soak in cold water for 10 minutes, then barbecue over medium heat (turning often) for 15–20 minutes until kernels are tender.

Pop a well-priced Cauliflower on your shopping list this week. Cut cauliflowers into steaks and cook on the chargrill until tender.

Adding barbecued Eggplant to the grill will give it that smoky flavour. Eggplants absorb flavours particularly well and team deliciously with flavours such as Tomato, Garlic and Basil. These Eggplant and Mushroom Lamb Burgers are delicious: https://fredsfruit.com/blogs/recipes/eggplant-mushroom-lamb-burgers

Versatile Jap Pumpkin is a thrifty buy at Fred’s One Stop. Did you know that roasting Pumpkin concentrates the flavour and it’s a delicious addition to your salad.

Lebanese Cucumbers are tender, juicy and full of flavour.  They are a TOP BUY this week!

Thinly slice into Lebanese Cucumbers into ribbons and toss with other Greens and Smoked Salmon for a healthy salad.

Team finely sliced Basil Leaves with diced Mango, Tomato, grated Ginger and a drizzle of Olive Oil. Serve as an appetiser spooned onto crunchy Bruschetta or with Fish as a Salsa.

Zucchinis are a bargain! Choose plump zucchini with glossy, unblemished skin. They’re best used within a few days and are super tasty when cooked on the BBQ.

Chinese Cabbage (aka Wombok) is slightly softer and sweeter than ordinary cabbage – add to Salads, stir-fries, noodle dishes or traditional hot pot recipe. A thrifty buy!

Wombok also known as Chinese Cabbage is a thrifty buy at $2.50-$3 a head. Add to salads, stir-fries, noodle dishes or a traditional hot pot.

As the days become warmer and longer more beans are available. Machine harvested green beans are a good buy at Fred’s.

Broccoli is more than just a side vegetable; it tastes delicious when blanched and tossed through a salad. Broccoli quality and pricing is good right now.

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