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Market Update 6 May 2020

Juicy Imperial Mandarins are ripe and ready to enjoy. Imperials are easy to peel and loaded with vitamin C 

Australia’s number one selling fruit is Bananas. All Australian grown, Bananas are jam-packed with goodness, are easy to eat and available all year round. Bananas are certainly a well-priced choice at Fred’s One Stop this week! 

Add a dash of fresh squeezed Lemon juice or a sprinkle of Lemon rind to your cooking for a refreshing contrast to the richness of Meat or Poultry casseroles and soups 

If you’re looking for an easy dessert then wrap washed, cored and halved quince with orange rind, cinnamon and butter in foil and bake until tender. Baked Quince is also delicious when teamed with Lamb, Duck or Roast Pork. 

Sweet Golden Delicious apples are, popular in French desserts like a classic Tart Tatin. Australians traditionally like to cook with Granny Smith apples, which are slightly firmer and tarter in flavour. Both apples are in season 

Both the soft-eating variety of Persimmon and the crisp-eating, non- astringent variety aka Sweet Persimmon, have a taste reminiscent of honey and apricot. The crunchy Sweet Persimmon can be sliced and added to Autumn Salads, while the soft eating, astringent variety turns gooey soft making it an ideal accompaniment to ice cream and porridge 

Cherry, Grape and Mini Roma Punnet Tomato from Bundaberg and South Australia are well supplied this week 

Celery is a year-round staple that is more commonly used as a Soup, Casserole or Stir-fry ingredient as the weather turns chilly. Enjoy its crunchy texture in chunky minestrone or transform a whole bunch into a creamy celery & blue cheese soup. 

Radicchio’s stunning purple-red leaves add vibrancy to an Autumn Salad. To balance the slightly bitter flavour of a Radicchio and sweetness, simply add slices of Corella Pear, Orange segments or some diced Apple 

Carrots are a kitchen essential to be enjoyed raw or added to soups, casseroles or curries. Apart from the classic orange coloured variety, try the antioxidant enriched purple, yellow or white carrots that taste delicious when roasted. Try Moroccan-style Roasted Veggies 

Fennel brings a fresh Mediterranean taste to Autumn dishes. Crunchy and delicious when eaten raw, it is claimed that raw Fennel aids in the digestive process. With cooking, the aniseed flavour of Fennel mellows. A good buy at Fred’s One Stop 

Leeks won’t make you cry, but they will add a delicious, onion flavour to Soups, Casseroles and Stir-fries. Select Leeks that have crisp long white stems and bright green tops. Can be d them in the crisper for up to 1 week 

Nutritious and versatile orange fleshed Sweet Potato (known as kumara) is shines in Autumn for its value and versatility. Use Sweet Potato as a mash or to make Chips, use in Soups or layer thin slices to make a Gratin 

Beetroot provides stunning colour for Autumn meals. With its deep colour and earthy flavour, roasted and unpeeled Beetroot bulbs sprinkled with Cumin and a drizzle of olive oil taste divine when served with natural yoghurt 

Jerusalem Artichokes have a slightly nutty flavour and are ideal for soups, roasting or adding to mashes. They also team well with Potato. Choose firm artichokes with thin, pale-golden skin. The least knobbly ones are the easiest to peel or scrub. Store them in a paper bag in the fridge and use within 4–5 days. Gently scrub the skin with a soft brush or peel using a vegetable peeler 

Broccoli is well priced and bursting with natural goodness. Fresh Broccoli should be rapidly cooked to retain its vibrant colour and flavour. Add broccoli to Soups, Stir-fries or just top with Cheese to serve as a Gratin

Bean prices are easing as supplies increase. Machine picked green beans are a thrifty buy at Fred’s while the premium hand-picked beans are more expensive. For something a little different, toss cooked beans with toasted Almonds and serve with Hummus 

Learn to roast Chestnuts to perfection!

Preheat oven to 200O C Cut a small cross into the round side of each chestnut. Place on a baking tray and roast for 15 minutes or until the skin peels back. Wrap chestnuts in a tea-towel and set aside for 5 minutes then peel and eat while warm 

Fresh Black Olives are now available hence now might be the time to try your hand at home preserving. Let us know how you with home preserving by posting a photo and or leaving a comment on our Facebook page. We would love to hear from you!

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