Winter vegetables and fabulous citrus fruits!
Winter although cold and frosty is a great time for local vegetables and we have a brilliant selection in the shop to enjoy.
Remember its always sunny somewhere!
Why not add some zest to your day with citrus fruit! November to May is the best harvest time for many citrus fruits which means we can enjoy a “burst of sunshine” during these cold, chilly months, and include some citrus fruits into your day!
In addition to the refreshing flavour and bright appearance, citrus fruits are also packed with antioxidants and an excellent source of Vitamin C, which important for your immune system. These fruits also contain folate, an essential B vitamin, and fibre, which helps with digestion and keeps you feeling full- in a zesty, tangy refreshing way!
Many popular citrus fruits include Navel oranges, grapefruits, tangerines, lemons, and limes this January we have an abundance of Seville oranges too! This particular variety is for making the most superb Marmalade, and if you are short on time or simply cannot be bothered, we have taken the time to do it for you and will shortly have our own deli made Seville Orange marmalade on the shelves.
What are some ways you can include citrus into your next meal?
- Create a vibrant salad! Add some colour to your salad with oranges or grapefruits! Mixed greens, sliced almonds, dried cranberries, and grapefruit topped with your favourite dressing can make for an easy and healthy lunch
- Marinate to perfection! Citrus fruits make a great addition to marinades for meats and vegetables. The acidity from the citrus makes meat tender and juicy. Lemon and lime juice can be squeezed atop vegetables to provide a zesty and refreshing flavour.
- Brighten your morning routine! Combine a variety of your favourite citrus fruits to make a compote perfect to go on top of pancakes, waffles, or plain yogurt. It’s a wonderful way add some sweetness to your morning! – or indeed in the evening on top of brownie and ice-cream for a naughty treat!
Local kale & leeks
Leeks are rich in flavonoids, especially one called kaempferol. Flavonoids are antioxidants and may have anti-inflammatory, anti-diabetic, and anticancer properties, as well as other health benefits.
What are some ways you can include kale and leeks into your next meal?
- Eat leeks raw: Like onions, raw leeks have a strong flavour. But when they are very thinly sliced, they can be a nice garnish for soups, salads, roasted veggies, meats, fishes, or other dishes. Or you can also mix them into green salads, dips, or salad dressings.
- Potato-leek soup. A classic, easy-to-prepare winter comfort food. First sauté some chopped leeks and butter in a saucepan for about 10 minutes, then add chopped potatoes and a vegetable stock. Simmer for about 20 minutes (until soft), and blend ( a stick blender is best for soups). season with salt and pepper. Different ways to shake it up include adding cream, crème fraiche or yoghurt for a creamy indulgent taste, rosemary for a richer taste and texture, crumble a bit of blue cheese on top before serving, or even cheddar or brie.
- Kale sauteed: Butter, lemon and garlic topped with roasted walnuts makes a very exciting side dish to chicken or salmon
- Kale Chips: The most delicious thing to come out of a food dehydrator!