Crisp, fresh fennel imparts a rich aniseed flavour to winter casseroles, soups and bakes. It softens deliciously on cooking and compliments a variety of chicken and fish dishes. Fennel is retailing at $1.50-$2 a bulb.
Highly nutritious broccolini is a superb choice for winter. Select bunched broccolini, with crisp vibrant green stems. Broccolini is a top buy at $2.50-$4 a bunch.
Compact snow-white cauliflowers are a top buy at $3-$4 a head. Perfect for a bowl of cauliflower rice or scrumptious roasted.
Wombok is also known as Chinese cabbage is traditionally a pale buttery green in colour. It’s ideal for shredding and adding to a salador add to a stir-fry. Wokbok is $3-$4 per head.
Locally grown Asian leafy greens and bunched English spinach is a fabulous buy this week at $2-$2.50 a bunch. Enjoy the quality bok choy, choy sum or gai lum steamed or stir-fried. Toss spinach into a hot wok with crunched garlic and toss until just wilted.
Red capsicums are sweet, flavoursome and good value at $4-$6 a kilo. Add capsicum to pizza toppings, salads, stir-fries, char-grill or stuff with a meat and vegetable filling and bake until tender.
Did you know that you can freeze chestnuts? With the season close to finishing up, now is the time to freeze a supply to ensure you have chestnuts on hand to enjoy with your Christmas roast turkey or for making healthy dips or desserts. Chestnuts are available at your local greengrocer for $8-$14 a kilo.
Orange fleshed sweet potato also known as kumara good value at $2-$4 a kilo. Delicious mashed, diced and roasted or baked in peeled chunks kumara has a pleasant sweet flavour.
Vibrant coloured beetroot comes into its own in winter. Select bunches with small to medium-sized bulbs with crisp, green leaves. Roast or boil whole beets. Serve fresh young leaves or boiled, diced beetroot in swish winter salads. Fresh beetroots are $2.50-$3 a bunch. Golden beetroots are also plentiful and delicious.
Cherry tomatoes are bursting with flavour and are a thrifty buy at $3-$4 a punnet.
Prized for their refreshing citrus tang and juiciness, vibrant lemons are in peal supply in winter. Lemons are $4-$6 a kilo.
Arriving in July and available until September blood oranges have a deep ruby red flesh and a delicious tangy raspberry citrus flavour. The colour depends on the variety, exposure to sunlight and growing conditions. Enjoy blood oranges this week for $4-$5 a kilo.
Sweet eating blueberries are a nice change at this time of years prices are easing; expect to pay $4-$5 a punnet.
Aromatic and flavoursome strawberries are also a good source of fibre. This week we should see strawberries on sale for around $2-$3.50 a punnet, depending on growing area, variety, and berry and punnet size.
Luscious early-season Kensington Pride mangoes are now available. Allow firm mangoes to ripen at room temperature until flesh yields to gentle pressure around the stem. Northern Territory mangoes are $4-$7 each, depending on size.
Smooth and creamy Queensland bananas are top value at $2.50-$3.50 a kilo. Make a delicious smoothie by blending 1 peeled banana with 2 cups milk, a small tub of berry yoghurt and a few strawberries or bake a scrumptious Banana, honey & cinnamon bread.
Tangelos are a cross between a grapefruit and a mandarin; they are sweet, tangy and easy to peel. Fruit should feel heavy for their size, as this indicates a good juicy content. Tangelos are $3-$5 a kilo.