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Know Your Food 19/10/2020

Where it’s from, a bit about it, perhaps a fun fact and how to store or keep fresh

Sweet Potatoes


Keep these lovelies unpeeled – when eaten with their skin on, sweet potatoes are a great source of fibre and Vitamin A, easy to prepare and incredibly versatile – bake, steam, boil, mash, fry, or juice ‘em.



Hello tamaties! Tomatoes are a great source of Vitamin A – great for cell growth and development, fighting off diseases and even good vision.



Also known as courgette in many countries, we’ve sourced your Zucchini from a local supplier – Umthunzi. With soft and edible seeds, usually served cooked – steam, grill, stuff, bake, barbeque or fry these Vitamin C rich veggies.



The luscious leaves from Meuse in your box are great for salads. The rocket’s peppery taste is also a flavourful add to pastas, stews and it makes a delicious topping to pizzas. Rich in Vitamin A, C and K these leafy greens are rocking with minerals and flavour. 



Known fondly as pawpaw, this wonderful fruit is loaded with antioxidants! Papaya is ripe when it feels soft, similar to a ripe avocado – keep refrigerated, as this enhances this fruit’s flavour profile. Once you have eaten the fruit, the seeds can be used to make an exfoliating facial scrub – papaya has been used for years in skincare products because of its antioxidants content. 



Your juicy, sweet strawberries were picked from fields against the Outeniqua Mountains on Mysthill Farm. Store (unwashed) in the refrigerator for 3-5 days, they can also be frozen and keep for up to 2 months. 



Store your avocados at room temperature out of direct sunlight. Once ripe, eat right away or store in the fridge. If you’re looking to store half an avo, brush the exposed flesh with lemon juice, cover tightly with a Beeswax wrap, and refrigerate.



Camelot’s mozzarella is handmade using Italian cultures and microbial rennet – with no preservatives or additives of any sort. This slightly matured mozzarella melts beautifully and can be sliced and served with salami, other lovely meats, breads and of course provides a creamy melt to pizzas. This cheese’s shelf life is 3 weeks, but can still but can still be used for up to 6 weeks.

Vegan Mozzarella


LeCoquin is French for a sneaky little child, but as this sustainable supplier explains, their cheeses are free from dairy, egg, gluten, and soy – so there’s no need to sneak around when adding this firm-but-slightly-elastic cheese to your meals.Your vegan mozzarella is the perfect pick for adding a creamy melty yummy texture to your pizzas! 

Pizza Bases 


These wooden fire cooked pizza bases are sourced from The Woodlands Eatery and made from yeast, flour, salt and extra virgin olive oil. When you’re ready to use them, be sure to preheat the oven to 3000C (or max) with the tray inside to heat up. When ready, remove the hot tray on the oven, place the pizza on top, and return it to the oven (in the bottom third of the oven), until the outside rim is crispy and the cheese has melted. 

Pizza Sauce


Find delicious tomato pizza base sauce from The Woodlands Eatery in your box! Made from whole peeled tomato, tomato sauce, extra virgin oil, salt, pepper and an assortment of Italian herbs – this sauce is ready to use with any pizza recipe. 

Lamb Ragu 


Find wooden fired, slow cooked lamb shredded in a homemade sauce from The Woodlands Eatery in your box! Ready to use as a topping to your pizza, or thrown through a pasta, this lamb sauce is made from lamb, onions, garlic, carrot, bay leaves, rosemary, white wine and tomato sauce. 



The Caldame duck portions are sourced from pekin ducks farmed using free range methods to provide fresh, tender meat of superior quality. Based in KZN, Caldhame Ducks is guided by the desire to be “the kindest duck farmers” – so their ducks are kept in natural conditions with freedom of movement to ensure they live a healthy life. 

Wagyu Goulash


L.A Farms feed their Wagyu herd top feed produced off their farm. All their Wagyu cattle are certified and registered with the Wagyu Society of South Africa. Originating from Japan, Wagyu is known for its superior marbling (the fine veins of fat in the meat). This fat is high in Omega 3 and Omega 6, and is considered a healthy fat. The result? A very smooth, and buttery taste which is unique to Wagyu.



Enjoy beef steak from LA Farms in this week’s Mixed Meat and Red Meat Box! LA Farms is a retail butchery that supplies the finest cuts of meats from their grass-fed and free-range farm.



The chicken in your Market Box comes from Son of a Butcher (SOB). SOB produce is pasture-raised and free of hormones. Here are some handy pre-cooking tips to follow to ensure you get the most from your chicken. Once removed from its packaging, discard any residue liquids – then, rinse your chicken and set it aside to air for 20 minutes. This process helps remove the cold edge, bringing it closer to room temperature – ensuring a smoother cooking process and tastier results. Your chicken will come in a vacuum sealed package that ensures the meat is fresh and has a longer shelf life. You can keep the sealed package for up to 2 days in the fridge. Otherwise, place it in the freezer and consume within 6 months of the process date on the label. 



Organic lentils are one of the most popular forms of protein around the world. The lovely lentils in your Market Box are locally grown, flavoursome, and when dried, keep for up to a year. These lentils come from Real Food Factory – a local company with 100% vegetarian–friendly factories. When cooking your lentils, make sure you empty them into a colander, rinse, and pick through them for any small stones or “dead” seeds that might have gotten into the mix. Soaking them also helps quicken their cooking time and reduces their antinutrient content.

Vegan Meatballs 


The Urban Vegan meatballs should be kept frozen. When defrosted, use within 5 days. You can defrost these in their packaging by placing in boiling water. They can be enjoyed cold or heated in a microwave. 

Red Pesto 


We’re excited to have a food celeb in your box this week – it’s the signature red sun-dried tomato pesto from Karen Dudley of The Kitchen! Revisit the tastes of The Kitchen’s trademark love offering – The Love Sandwich made from artisanal breads, various fillings and the red pesto in your box. This vegan version contains no honey and is made from sundried tomatoes, olive oil, almonds, parmesan, rosemary, garlic, and lemon.

70% Dark Chocolate 


Find Lindt 70% Dark Chocolate in your box! This dark chocolate is made from 70% cocoa, containing 70% pure cocoa content, made from the finest cocoa beans on the planet. Opulent and fragrant, this is a full-bodied dark chocolate that is strong but not too intense, with bittersweet undertones, a long lasting flavour and rich aromas of cocoa, dried fruits and tobacco. 

65% Dark Chocolate 


CocoaFair is as passionate about crafting the best chocolate in the Cape as we are about eating chocolates! And we’re delighted to have a free sample of their 65% Dark Chocolate in your Market Box this week! CocoaFair is a Cape-based chocolate dispensary that uses only natural ingredients to produce melt in your mouth results. As the team at CocoaFair puts it: “We don't add any ingredients to change the flavour or colour of the chocolate. We want to work with, and stay true to, what nature has given us. We want to keep the product clean and only use what is necessary”. 

If you’re looking for tasteful creations to use your #goodproduce for visit our Recipe Inspiration Page on https://farmersmarket.ucook.co.za/blogs/recipe-ideas.