Ginger root often just called ginger has been widely used as both spice and medicine for many years. Ginger has a spicy, fragrant flavour, though the younger roots have a milder and juicier flavour.
This anti-inflammatory and antioxidant root is available year round and very little is needed to add the spicy flavour to a dish. Peel fresh ginger before eating and store any remaining unpeeled ginger in a plastic bag in your fridge or freeze it for long term storage. It can also be used in vinegar, candy, juices, teas, or as a flavour enhancer in many recipes including stir-fries, teas, juices.
If seeped in boiling water you can make ginger tea – which is especially tasty if honey and lemon is added!
Kale is an attractive looking member of the cabbage family. With its dark green or red frilly leaves and distinctive cabbage-like taste, it is a popular alternative to cabbage.
Kale is served cooked. It can be served finely chopped or as a purèe for a side dish or included in soups and sauces or even used in juices. Kale complements a wide variety of food and its flavour profile means that it also works well with stronger dishes such as game or with spicy dishes.
Kumera Gold has a sweeter taste than the other versions in its family. It has a soft, smooth texture to compliment its delicate sweet taste.
As versatile as the others in its family, it can be enjoyed in many ways. Make wedges, chips, mash or roast it.
This green herb is widely used in cooking around the world. Great with potatoes, rice, fish and meat it is an all round herb that works great with most dishes!
Capsicum (commonly known as bell peppers) comes in several different shapes and colours and is often used in cooking all around the world as well as in spices. It is related to its spicier variety the chilli pepper, but is milder and larger than the spicier varieties.
Red, yellow and orange capsicums are sweeter than their green counterparts which have a more bitter flavour.
Bell peppers can be used in a variety of ways! Juice it, stir-fry it, sauté it, toss it in a salad… Only your imagination stops you when it comes to this versatile veggie!
Asparagus is a spring vegetable and therefore only available in the Australian spring season. Only young asparagus shoots are commonly eaten as they turn harder an “woody” once they start to mature and grow.
Being 93% water Asparagus is low in calories and sodium. A good source of vitamin B6, calcium, magnesium, zinc and much much more!
Tip: Great as a side dish! You can stir-fry it, grill it and even use it in stews, soups or eat it raw in a salad!
A great source of Vitamin C, fibre beta-carotene and many other important nutrients, english spinach is a nutritional powerhouse just like all other leafy greens.
English spinach, unlike the baby spinach variety, comes with stems, which are also edible. You can eat both stems and leaves of this green vegetable in a variety of ways. Choose between stir-frying, shredding, mixing it into sauces or steaming it. No matter what you do it adds a delectable flavour and loads of yummy, healthy goodness to your food.
Barry’s Tip: Some soil might still be hiding between the leaves. Wash them gently in cold water, before using and dry using a salad spinner.
Japanese pumpkin, also known as kabocha, is an Asian variety of winter squash. Its bright orange flesh has a strong yet sweet flavour and moist, chestnut-like fluffy texture. Propped full of beta-carotene, iron and vitamins.
Uses: Japanese pumpkin can be fried, roasted, stewed, pureed into soups or even put in desserts like pies!
Cherry tomatoes are very small round tomatoes with a sweeter flavour. Usually red, they can also come in yellow and green varieties depending on the crop and the farmer. They have an intense, deliciously fresh flavour packed within their small size and usually vary from thumb sized to the size of a golf ball.
Our cherry tomatoes come in 250g punnets and are an easy addition to a quick salad. But you can also use them in pasta sauces or even roast them as you would with other tomatoes.
The distinctive dark purple colour of red cabbage adds a beautiful splash of colour to a variety of savoury dishes. It benefits from long, slow cooking methods to bring out its mellow flavour. Choose red cabbage that has crisp-looking leaves without any holes or discoloured patches. It should be firm and heavy for its size.
They are great in stir-fries, stews and salads!
Whether you refer to a tomato as a fruit or a vegetable, there is no doubt that a tomatois a nutrient-dense, super-food that most people should eat more anytime.
The tomato has been referred to as a “functional food,” a food that goes beyond providing just basic nutrition. Due to their beneficial phytochemicals such as lycopene, tomatoes also play a role in preventing chronic disease and deliver other health benefits. (source: medicalnewstoday.com)
Turmeric may be a tiny root, but it packs a great punch. Turmeric has a earthly, spicy, bitter and mustardy smell and flavour which is derived from one of the active ingredients in the root, namely curcumin, which has been celebrated in traditional medicine for its many uses.
It can be used to flavour savoury dishes, make juice, in baked goods, curries, as a natural food colouring. It can also be pickled, dried or even boiled with rice to give white rice a golden colour and a bit of a spicy flavour. Another favourite that many turn to is using the golden orange root in tea together with coconut milk for a lovely afternoon treat.
Tip: If you wish to activate the curcumin in turmeric add in some pepper, as most of the beneficial nutrients won’t actually enter your body when consuming curcumin alone. Pepper helps guide the healthy goodness of this root to where it belongs instead of it just leaving your system without doing any good. (Source: Turmericforhealth.com)