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Fresh food club - What's in season?

"ideas on the freshest produce this season coupled with gourmet recipes for the freshest produce in town

What's fresh?


Fragrant and sweet eating Queensland strawberry season has started and from now until August strawberries are just going to get better and better.


Australia’s love of sweet, healthy low kilojoule blueberries continues to grow. In 2019 over 17,000 tonnes of fresh blueberries were grown in Australia. Harvesting of new season ultra-healthy blueberries is underway, and your local greengrocer will have blueberries available


With the demand for raspberries down in the foodservice sector at the current time, your local greengrocer has raspberries on offer


Tangelos have a tangy flavour and a fragrant aroma. Use their juice and flesh in recipes as an alternative to oranges in winter. Team tangelos segments with baby spinach leaves and walnuts in a salad. They’re bursting with beneficial vitamin C.

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Dress up a winter salad with creamy nutrient-rich avocados. The nutty flavoured Hass avocados are in peak supply

Oranges Navel

Navel oranges are in peak supply in winter. We also highly recommend trying the attractive and juicy Cara Cara navels. This seedless, sweet pinkish orange-fleshed variety originated in South America is available June to August.


Lemons are tangy, refreshing and versatile. Eureka lemon is a firm, thick-skinned lemon with high juice content.


Quince season is coming to an end very soon, so don’t miss out of cooking with this fragrant and alluring fruit


Supplies of bananas are on the increase


Cauliflower stars in the kitchen during cooler weather. This adaptable vegetable is delicious roasted, braised, fried, mashed and steamed or eaten raw. Adding cauliflower to a winter classic, boosts the nutritional value and warms you up.


Savour the subtle sweet-onion flavour of plump flavoursome leeks. Use leeks as the bases for a tasty homemade vegetable soup such as leek and cauliflower.


Celeriac is a delicious, creamy-fleshed winter vegetable that tastes like celery. Select pale, small-sized celeriac that feels heavy for its size. To prepare celeriac, peel and cut into pieces then drop into a bowl of cold water. Add some lemon juice to prevent the flesh discolouring.


Silverbeet sometimes mistakenly named spinach is distinguishable by its fleshly white stems and dark green leaves. Wilt silverbeet in a pan over medium heat and toss with crumbled feta, toasted pine nuts and a drizzle of olive oil.

Sweet Potato

Roast chopped orange sweet potato (kumara) with, red onion wedges in olive oil flavoured with cumin and coriander for 30 minutes or until tender. Serve with lamb or beef.


Broccoli is flourishing in the cooler weather. Steaming and stir-frying are ideal methods for cooking broccoli. If boiling, be sure to use small quantities of water and cook rapidly as overcooking reduces flavour and vitamin content. Spicy broccoli & chilli soup is a delicious choice in winter

Red Capsicums

With an overlap of supply from Bowen and Bundaberg Queensland grown red capsicums are a top buy.


Winter is the peak time for root vegetables and cabbage, and what better way to enjoy these earth flavours than in a winter vegetable, barley and lamb shank soup. Loaded with flavour and nourishment.

Cavolo Nero

Cavolo nero also known as Black or Tuscan cabbage is another great choice this week.

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Brpwn Onions

Brown onions from Tasmania and South Australia are plenty, and a must have for enriching winter soups (like a classic French onion soup) and casseroles.

Desiree Potatoes

A 5-kilo bag of washed, brushed or Desiree potatoes purchased in 5 kilo bags is a thrifty buy. Delicious roasted, fried, mashed or baked potatoes are hearty and nutritious.


With a sweet, unique flavour, parsnips are a delicious alternative to potatoes. Try them roasted, mashed, as wedges or fried crisps. Peel and halve parsnips lengthways, toss in olive oil, garlic and a drizzle of maple syrup then roast until tender and golden.

Natures Best Belfield

Address: 29 Burwood Rd Belfield
Call us: 9642 5613
Drop in: Monday - Saturday 8am - 6pm Sunday 8am - 5pm
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