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Black Sapote

Yes, chocolate pudding does apparently grow on trees in the form of a weird fruit called black sapote. The black sapote is a relative of the persimmon and like its cousin is ready to eat when completely soft and pudding-like. The colour is intensely dark chocolate but the flavour is much more subtle with only…

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Persimmons And The Art Of Patience

Some things take time and learning to be patient is an important life lesson. Whether it is waiting for plants to grow where they are happiest without the temptation for an instant garden, cooking something slowly rather than resorting to ready meals or reading long form writing instead of newsfeeds, there is a lot to…

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White Strawberries

You might be tempted to think that white strawberries are a modern monstrosity but they are in fact a hybrid variety created from a natural white strawberry indigenous to Chile. Why all the excitement about a white version of strawberry? Attributes of the white strawberry include an amazing perfume, a small berry size with a…

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Trifling With Prosecco

Prosecco has been in the news lately with Italy trying to ban the use of the name for anything other than the Italian sparkling wine made in the Prosecco designated area in Northern Italy. This is unfortunate for the King Valley growers in Victoria, many of Northern Italian heritage themselves, who have been hugely successful…

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Plum Galette

A galette is a flat pastry cake that is baked on a tray in free-form unlike a tart which is defined by the distinctive border of the tart mould. A galette is supposed to look a bit rustic in appearance and is often made with whole grain flours, which adds some nuttiness to the taste…

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