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Market Update 3rd June 2020

A very popular choice during Winter, Rhubarb’s characteristic tangy flavour teams well with Apples, Pears, Cinnamon, Lemon rind and Ginger when make warming Winter Desserts 

Creamy Cavendish Bananas are nourishing and well-priced. Serve Banana Smoothies as an after-school energy-packed drink, add Banana slices to a bowl of your favourite breakfast cereal, or top a toasted English Muffin with fresh Ricotta, Banana slices and a drizzle of Honey 

Winter is peak time for Hass avocados with their butter-like texture and rich nutty flavour so make the most of their quality at Fred’s One Stop 

It is a top year for sweet, juicy Navel Oranges! 

Scoop up a kiwifruit and enjoy this fabulous source of vitamin C. Purchase firm Kiwifruit and allow them to ripen at room temperature until slightly soft 

Traditionally Limes are not plentiful in Winter and tend to be more expensive than Lemons however, due to an extra mild Autumn we are now seeing good supplies of Limes being harvested in QLD. That’s great news for shoppers with both Lemons and Limes now representing great value. 

New to the market place from New Zealand is the Piqa Boo Pear, a classic shaped Pear with an orangey-red skin and crisp texture. This Pear is similar to that and can be eaten crisp or if you prefer let it soften slightly. Its flavour is similar to that of a William’s Pear 

Renowned for their firm crunchy texture, Crimson Seedless Grapes are deliciously sweet. Grab a bunch of these good-value Grapes this week at Fred’s One Stop Shopping. Add roasted grapes to your winter salads for a boost of sweetness 

Imperial Mandarins are exceptionally tasty. Select fruit that feels heavy for its size as this indicates good juice content. Imperial mandarins are virtually seedless and very easy to peel 

Purchasing carrots in a kilo bag is thrifty and convenient. Carrots add a lovely sweetness to soups, casseroles, try them pureed or mashed, roasted or steamed. 

Stir-fries are packed with fresh produce and fast to cook, making them are the ideal meal for busy people. For a quick and easy meal; toss a medley of Asian leafy greens such as Bok Choy and Choy Sum with marinated beef or chicken. 

Premium quality Parsnips are in season. Parsnips taste delicious when roasted and add that unique sweetness to soups and casseroles. This slow-cooker Moroccan Parsnip & Lamb Casserole is flavoursome 

Warm-up your winter cooking with feisty Chillies. Freshly harvested from Bundaberg and Bowen, Chillies are plentiful. The mild long Red Chillies are ideal for adding a gentle kick or if you really want to spice things up, try the Green Jalapeño variety 

Broccoli supplies are coming from NSW, Victoria and Queensland, and most of the growing areas are experiencing extra cold overnight temperatures, this slows up the growing time and turns Broccoli heads purple. Prices are slightly up this week 

Pumpkin is an inexpensive vegetable that is versatile and nutritious. Toss together, steam diced Pumpkin, with Baby Spinach Leaves with a little Sesame oil and Mirin (similar to Rice Wine) Soy and Lemon dressing or whip up a pot of creamy Pumpkin Soup 

Chilly days call for bowls of heart-warming Soups that are rich in flavour and high in nutritional value. Leeks when caramelized add that delightful sweetness and depth of flavour to Soups and team well with Cauliflower, Celeriac, Carrots, Pumpkin, Sweet Potato and Tomato   

Premium quality Brussels sprouts are a top buy this week! Select Brussels Sprouts that are a similar size to ensure that all Brussels Sprouts cook in the same amount of time 

Orange fleshed Sweet Potato, also known as Kumara is currently good value at Fred’s. With its pleasantly sweet taste Kumara can be mashed, roasted or baked 

Beetroot, with its rich purple-red colour and delicate, sweet flavour, provides stunning colour for winter meals. Beetroot are in heaviest supply from May to November 

Winter is the perfect time to make the most of Fresh Herbs. Enjoy Sage with Fish, Pork and Duck. Thyme is enjoyable teamed with Chicken, Stock, Lemons, Parsnip, Potatoes, Zucchini and Squash 

Economical and healthy leafy kale is a popular choice. Use raw in salads or juices or add to a frittata which is delicious served hot or cold. This Kale recipe is very simple and delicious; https://fredsfruit.com/blogs/recipes/mashed-potato-with-kale-green-onions

Vibrant rainbow Chard also known as Swiss Chard is now in season. Similar to Siverbeet, this leafy green veggie is a show stopper with its vibrant coloured stems. Sold in bunches the stems can vary in shades of yellow, orange or pink. Use leaves and stems separately or in combination. Add to soups, stir-fries, and lentil, rice and couscous dishes

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