Veg Speak #9
Things are returning to some kind of order back here on the market floor. Tomatoes, Zucchini, Cauliflower, Beans and Broccoli are back to average prices and the quality has also improved on recent weeks. Leafy green Asian vegetables are my pick for the Value for Money award and should be used on menus more often. New season Apples, Pears and Oranges are making a good show and it’s still hard to go past the juicy late season Plums for flavour and value.
For those of you that are unaware, we have an additional arm to the Gourmand Providore brand. Introducing GP Kitchen for all your baked needs. Check out our on line Brochure. All our products are baked fresh and delivered daily. This month’s specialty bake is our Gluten free Pulled Beef and Blue Corn Tortilla Lasagne. Smoked chipotle and apple wood infused barbeque sauce, 12 hour slow roasted beef brisket and rice flour béchamel.
We are only making them to order so, you know what to do.
We have started using a range of White and Yellow Corn Tortillas for our regular Lasagne varieties, Beef, Chicken and our Pumpkin Ricotta. The product’s rice flour Béchamel has proven so popular that it now tops all our Lasagne products. Yep you guessed it, they’re all Gluten Free.
New season Apples, Royal Gala, Delicious, Jonathon and Fuji are in good supply, a little pricy but excellent quality. William Pears have reached the Markets this week. Good firm texture with a crisp sweet flavour. Some fantastic Valencia Oranges are newly in town. They’re super sweet and juicy.
The green leaf lines, Iceberg, Cos and English spinach are in good supply and quality. Tomatoes and Cucumbers are looking great. Roma, Salad and Heirloom all available and are super sweet. Lebanese Cucumbers and Lebanese Zucchini are exceptionally good. Cauliflower and Broccoli supply is back to a good level relieving the price pressures of the past few weeks.
Leafy Asian greens are exceptionally good. Gai Lun, Choy Sum and Baby Bok Choy are looking great. Green Beans supply is brilliant, the quality is on the up and up. Green Peas, Sugar Snap Peas, Snow Peas and Snake Beans are just brimming with freshness and summer flavour. Locally picked and bursting with great colour.
New season Fennel is crisp and flavoursome and good value. Large firm Artichokes have appeared in limited quantities as have Borlotti Beans and Flat Italian Beans.
Raspberries, Blueberries, Blackberries are looking great both in size and colour and are definitely getting sweeter, especially out of Victoria. Strawberries are in short supply and have a short shelf life at the moment. Mangoes, Kent, Palmer and Keitt are in good supply. My pick are the Keitt variety. Sweet but not overly so, firm and juicy.
A good supply of Stone fruit peppers the market floor, Plums, Apricots, Queen Peaches are all just bursting with flavour. Both White and Yellow fleshed Peaches are available. Truly the bes of the bunch has to be the late season Plums, big juicy and sweet.
Excellent full bodied Figs are in good supply. Both green and black varieties are bursting with sweetness. Red, White and Yellow Dragon Fruit are sensational partners to a fruit salad and make some sexy Frappes. Longans and Lychees have made a steady appearance and the fruit is well sized and sweetly perfumed. Custard Apples are starting to make their way into the markets, supply will increase steadily from here on. Rambutans are just round the corner. Remember to get on board quick as the season is quite short. My favourite, Achacha are back and are now grown in Nth Queensland plantations. You need to experience this truly tropical flavour and texture.
Banana quality has taken a bit of a hit with the recent Queensland weather but we are seeing a great recovery in both condition and affordability. Rockmelons are sweet and firm and the Pineapples are dripping with Queensland sunshine. Aussie Grapes are in and in good supply. Flame grapes, a red seedless variety and Menindee, seedless green grapes are the ones to look out for both crisp and sweet. Prices are firm and will remain that way for some time.
Picks of the Month
New season corn is now available and is mint condition. Plump golden kernels bursting with summer time.
A fantastic array of red, yellow and orange varieties. Team them up with some baby White Turnips and Golden Beetroot to make a stunning Christmas roast.
Full flavoured and large fruit is now available and should be taken advantage of as the apricot season will be short. The growers have informed us that a lot of the fruit did not set on the tree and many were lost during the recent high temperatures and strong winds. Trevatts Apricot variety have hit the market this week, sweet firm fruit enjoyed green and ripened.
Beans, Snake Beans, Flat Italian Beans
Peak condition, crisp and tonnes of flavour.
Local produce at its peak right now. Clean, crisp and flavoursome spears are available in a variety of sizes.
Peaches, White and Yellow flesh
North coast fruit is arriving and supply will increase weekly. Fruit is still firm but will ripen beautifully.
Northern Territory Mangoes
Various sizes available. Beautiful aroma with a golden sweet flesh.
Regular, Watermelon, white skinned with a pinkish centre, French, elongated red coloured radish with a white tip, are at their peak right now and should take pride of place on your menus.
A great superfood and well-priced, this one goes into my baked ricotta and mascarpone cheesecake.
Driscolls Majestic is an awesome sight to behold, a super large full flavoured strawberry that would love a dip in your favourite Couverture.
Flame seedless are coming out of Mildura and the green seedless Menindee are sourced from Emerald. Both are a stunning way to get right into summer.
Both Red and White flesh fruit is available for that luxury look on the next fruit platter.
Fuji Fruit / Sweet Persimmons
Good to eat firm just like an apple.
New season varieties have started coming into the markets.