Produce report: October 7
Find out what's in, what's out and what's the best buying in the produce department, thanks to our friends at New World
FRESH IN: The recent wet weather may have put a bit of a dampener on our salad greens but quality and supply should improve as the weather warms up.
“We’re keeping an eye on the spring rain which could affect leafy greens like spinach, silverbeet and lettuce. Mesclun is a great choice instead as it’s a lot faster growing by comparison, so any weather effects are short-lived,” says New World Fresh Expert Brigit Corson. While picking up your greens, grab a couple of affordable, early-season capsicums to add to salads and to slow-cook, Mediterranean-style, into meltingly sweet side dishes for meals.
“Hothouse tomatoes are great buying this week, plus telegraph and Lebanese cucumbers are at a good price too,” Brigit says. Keep those cucs dry and wrapped to help prevent moisture loss. Stored in the warmest part of the fridge, they should stay fresh for at least a week.
Asparagus is getting cheaper, the size of the spears becoming more consistent as the season progresses. Local tangelos should be in a supermarket near you too.
LOOK FOR: “Local berries are beginning to trickle into stores but the best time to buy will be when they’re plentiful, with the big harvest arriving in November,” Brigit says. Meanwhile, look out for imported pomegranate arils to add a sweet/tart tang to salads and desserts.
New season Ilam Hardy potatoes have arrived. “To celebrate one of our favourite veges,” Brigit says, “New World stores in the North Island are giving away jute storage bags with Ilam Hardies. Check it out in store.” Ilam Hardy potatoes have joined the other newbie spuds, the baby Perlas, which will stay until March or so.
MOVING ON: Tamarillos are nearing the end of the season. They’ll be available through to the end of November but in smaller quantities.