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Seasonal fruit and vegetables – February

February 13, 2011 | Filed under Healthy living

Blueberries are expensive but full of flavour and easy for children (and adults!)  to eat.  Note too that frozen blueberries in the shops now are more likely to be NZ grown.

NZ grown stone fruit is in full flight – apricots, peaches and nectarines.

Vegetables in season now include:

Beans – all sorts – runner beans, butter beans (yellow) and short green beans (sometimes known as French beans)

Cauliflower, broccoli and cabbages. Red cabbage bakes a great coleslaw when sliced finely and mixed with red onion and a lemon or orange juice based dressing

Lettuce and other salad greens

So what about all the other fresh fruit and veg in the supermarket?

There are still imported plums and other stone fruit. Watch for these now our own stone fruits are in season.  The imported fruits are often picked very green so they keep till they reach our supermarkets.  They often don’t have a lot of flavour or juice and don’t keep well at home once they have ripened.

Pumpkins were harvested before last winter so best to buy small quantities as needed now as they won’t keep well after being cut.

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