Marketfresh Report Week Ending 12th December

information courtesy of Sue Dodd - Sydney Markets

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Golden Honeydew and Candy melon are in season and eating deliciously. Super sweet, these to melons have an attractive yellow coloured rind – but vary on the inside Honeydew has a creamy coloured flesh and Candy melons resemble a pale rockmelon.
Packed with healthy goodness, tropical-tasting papaya from the Mossman area of Far North Queensland is a bargain this week
Exotic and flavoursome, fresh lychees are a sweet summer sensation—store unpeeled lychees in a sealed plastic bag in the fridge.
New-season Flame, Midnight Beauty and Menindee Seedless grapes are firm and bursting with flavour. Pick up a plump bunch of sweet and crunchy grapes
This week, versatile celery is a bargain. Add celery to stir-fries, salads or team in a classic partnership with carrot and onion and add flavour to a risotto or sauce.
Tomato prices remain firm due to Queensland’s wet weather impacting supply. The best buy is Cherry and grape tomatoes sold by the punnet
Bean sprouts
Bean sprouts are delicious and add texture and flavour to stir fried dishes
Sensational Queensland mangoes are a summer treat; choose from Kensington Pride, Calypso and R2E2.
Enjoy new season cherries. Numerous varieties are available throughout the cherry season, each with its unique combination of flavour, colour, and flesh firmness.
Picked ripe and ready to eat, pineapples do not ripen after harvesting. Choose firm pineapples that feel heavy for their size with a sweet tropical aroma.
A rich source of many nutrients, kale is packed with vitamins C, E and K, plus folate and beta-carotene. This crinkly-leafed green also provides iron and calcium. Strip leaves from the stems and chop, then toss in a hot pan with olive oil, crushed garlic, chopped red chilli and a scattering of currants. Heat until the kale wilts, then serve warm.
Dutch carrots are dainty in size, thin-skinned and extra sweet in flavour. Roasting carrots intensifies their sweetness
Shorter and thicker in shape with greyish green skin, Lebanese zucchini are ideal for stuffing and can be used similarly to the popular dark green variety.
New-season yellow and white-fleshed nectarines and peaches are from the NSW North Coast, the Hawkesbury and Swan Hill. Some varieties of nectarines develop an attract speckle on the skin; this indicates that the fruit is high in sugar and will be sweet eating.
Put ultra-juicy limes on the shopping list. Add lime juice and zest to zing to drinks, marinades, sauces, and salad dressings. Drizzle over spicy noodles, fresh seafood, or whip up a batch of tangy lime curd and serve with a biscotti.
Smooth, creamy and rich potassium, bananas are the storehouse of sustained energy
For value, taste and versatility, fresh asparagus is a winner; its delicate nutty flavour can be enjoyed raw or cooked, hot or cold and Aussie spears team deliciously with veal, pasta, seafood, prosciutto, chicken and steak.
Telegraph cucumbers are the thriftiest buy
There are many ways to enjoy eggplant, roasted, grilled, barbecued or added to a curry. Layer cooked eggplant slices with a rich tomato passata and mozzarella cheese and bake until warm and bubbly.

Seasonal Recipes - Summer

Japanese miso and tofu soup
This is one of my favourite soups to make. It's super-easy and you just feel like it's doing you good with each spoonful. To maintain the probiotic properties of the miso, bring it to a boil slowly and turn the heat off within 2 minutes of boiling

Gluten Free Orange and Almond Cake
I found this recipe on SBS food and immediately made it a bit healthier by cutting down on the amount of sugar it contains. It's super-moist and rich so you don't need a big piece to feel satisfied.

Szechuan and turmeric kimchi
This is a recipe I created after repeatedly spending over 10 dollars for a small jar of a delicious commercial brand. It costs the same t0 make almost almost five times the amount and the process is ridiculously easy. The longer you leave it the nicer it gets.

Mackerel and Broad Bean salad with Rocket dressing
Hooray, it’s broad bean season again. Seize the moment. Here’s the perfect lunch to serve on a warm spring day. Accompanied with a small basket of warmed sourdough wholegrain rolls, your guests will leave satisfied and sated for the remainder of the day.

Pineapple Frangipanni Cake
This dessert does take time to prepare but it’s delicious, not too sweet and there’s nothing like it available commercially. You may have to serve it with ice cream (but find a good one) for the diehards who have a sweet tooth, but personally I like it with a sheep’s yoghurt and sliced fresh pineapple.

Grilled Spatchcock with a salad of beetroot, orange, watercress & baby herbs
Recipe courtesy of Game Farm.

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