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EASY  GUIDE  TO  WHAT'S  IN  SEASON  THURSDAY  SEPTEMBER 19th

Produce of the week

This week our produce of the week is Mango. Mangoes can be the feature ingredients of all sorts of wonderful treats – from good old pavlova to a rather more sophisticated tartes tartin. It goes well with ginger, lime, mint and other tropical fruits like passionfruit. Mangoes can also make a guest appearance in many savoury dishes, from a salsa to accompany steamed fish or chilli prawns to an avocado and macadamia salad.

Berries, berries, berries! On the berries front, strawberries, including organic ones, are tasting exceptional, and for the great quality, are a great price. Our blueberries from Queensland are also in season and are a great price. Raspberries are now cheaper and tasty as well. Our Queensland strawberries will be finishing soon, however we still stock exceptional strawberries!

New in store are Modi apples. These apples were bred in Italy, now grown in the Goulburn Valley in Northern Victoria.  

The pineapples are still extra sweet and great value. If you get some brown spotting on the cut pineapple, this is caused by the fruit having lower acid, much like when apples go brown. It's fine to eat, in fact flavour is a combination of sugars and acid, so lower the acid, higher the flavour. The mandarin season is finishing up for another winter, so enjoy them now while you still can. All of our other orange citrus fruits are in season and bursting with flavour. We now rely on sunny Queensland to supply most of our other fruit, including our cantaloupe and watermelon, which are delicious. Bananas are eating well, and we are getting some great organic bananas. Mangoes are back in store and for early season Kensington Pride, the flavour is good. 

VEGETABLES 

Hand picked Beans are in season now along with broad beans and butter beans. We also welcome local asparagus in store. There is some organic asparagus starting to appear, bring on spring. Sweet corn and zucchini prices have come down. Organic zucchinis are cheap and we are only offering organic as the price and quality is similar to conventional zucchinis, if not better. Broccoli is plentiful and the quality and price are great. New season organic dutch cream potatoes are the pick of the spuds. Lebanese cucumbers are still in short supply, but most other salad ingredients are in good supply. Organic carrots are in very short supply, but we are still just getting enough. After some great prices on organic celery, cauliflower and broccoli, the prices have increased as the supply has reduced. 

NOTE: When the price of organic produce is close to or the same as conventional produce and the quality is similar, we only stock the organic produce. This week we have only organic  zucchinis. Over the last couple of weeks we did only stock organic broccoli and cauliflower, but as the price difference becomes larger, we now offer both. 

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