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The Mighty Mutsu

The mighty mutsu apple is a large Japanese variety that weighs in at around 300 grams.  It’s a cross between a crisp golden delicious and the very sweet Indo, so the result is big fruit that has sweetness, an excellent degree of tartness and retains a fluffy structure after heating; all great characteristics for an…

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Charentais melons

Charentais Melons

Charentais melons are, as the sign at Glenora Heritage Produce says, the crème de la crème of canteloupes. Charentais are a French variety about the size of a softball and heavenly honey-sweet. At markets of Provence it’s the perfume that first greets you, drawing you to the nearest stall like a bee to the honey…

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prawn and mango salad

My Secret Christmas Prawn Stash

Seafood, especially prawns are very popular for Christmas. When temperatures are rising it’s great to cool things down a little with a prawn and mango salad and a sparking wine, all with minimal exertion in the kitchen. Things can get a little heated metaphorically in the lead up to Christmas too as you frantically try…

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sprintime asparagus gets political

Springtime Asparagus Gets Political

Springtime asparagus is here, so say goodbye to kale, silverbeet and pumpkin for a while and start picking up bundles of fresh, local asparagus. Our asparagus is grown in Koo Wee Rup which just happens to be Australia’s largest asparagus growing region; ninety percent of asparagus is grown right at our doorstep. The rich soils…

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navel gazing

Sunny Citrus In Winter’s Gloom

Winter is the time to enjoy all manner of citrus fruits, which is great because citrus is not only a healthy natural boost of vitamin C  but a tangy and juicy fruit to brighten up winter’s gloom. Think fennel, onion and orange salad, rare duck breast, baby spinach and orange salad, potatoes roasted with lemon,…

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