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Know Your Food 8/11/2020


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


Sweet Potato

~ ALL BOXES ~

Your tasty spuds come from Patrysvlei where Thomas Bergh grows exotic potatoes just outside of Clanwilliam. For the Bergh’s, farming is about ensuring the food on your table has been responsibly produced and that it's good for you and the planet too. Store your potatoes (unwashed) in a dark cupboard. When you want to cook, bake, fry or boil these earthy bulbs, wash them under cool water. Don’t be afraid to cook them unpeeled – they’re relatively soft and much of the nutritional value of a potato is found in its skin. If baked or fried, the skins add a rustic crunch when coated in olive oil.


Tomatoes

ALL BOXES ~

Your Italian Al Fresco dining calls for a classic pomodoro – a very simple and light Italian tomato-based sauce served over pasta, chicken or used to layer lasagna. It’s that versatile – and in your box are fresh tomatoes from Umthunzi to help you make some of your own.

Celery 

~ ALL BOXES ~

Stalks, leaves – have it all. Your celery is sourced from The Spring Foundation and is packed with fiber, loaded with antioxidants and rich in phthalides (a compound said to promote healthy blood flow). Add chopped celery to a tuna or chicken salad for some crunch or have its stalks as an appetizer with a creamy dip. Store your celery in the fridge and leave the stalks attached to the base until you need to use them. It also freezes well, so chop them up, give them a good rinse and freeze them. 

Aubergine

~ SMALL, LARGE, VEGETARIAN & PLANT BASED BOXESS ~

Also known as eggplant or brinjal, the aubergine is a popular meat substitute in Mediterranean cuisine. Sourced from Umthunzi, aubergines should not be eaten raw because of their bitter taste – add them to stews, roast, grill or fry them. Chef’s tip: if you slice and salt aubergine it helps eliminate the bitterness and prevents it from absorbing a lot of oil when frying or sautéing. This technique is called “sweating” and can be achieved in 3 easy steps: slice up your veg, place on a board and sprinkle with salt – after about 30 minutes, rinse off the salt and pat your pieces dry. Bellissimo!


Rocket

~ ALL BOXES ~

The luscious leaves from Meuse in your box are rocking with flavour and minerals. Rocket’s peppery taste is a flavourful add to pastas or stews and is rich in Vitamin A, C and K.


Avocados 

~ ALL BOXES ~

Husband and wife team David and Laurelle Blank realised the need for ripe and ready avocados in 2005, especially in the hospitality industry. They’ve been farming avocados, ripening and distributing them ever since. Avolands is a group of companies made up of avocado growers, packers, ripening businesses and an avocado processing business. “We are committed to providing our customers with ripe and ready avocados of the highest quality” they add. If you won’t be having your avocados right away, be sure to store them at room temperature out of direct sunlight. If you’re looking to store half an avo, brush the exposed flesh with lemon juice, cover tightly with a Beeswax wrap, and refrigerate.


Pears

~ ALL BOXES ~

Sourced from Terra Madre, these pears are all-round winners loved by farmers and casual snackers alike. They’re sweet and juicy enough to be eaten on their own, sliced up and added to a salad, or even used to complete a tasty cheese board selection.


Cherries 

~ MEDIUM, LARGE, VEGETARIAN & PLANT BASED BOXESS~

They’re fresh, beautiful, delicious and so good for you! Did you know, just one cup of cherries contains 15% of your daily vitamin C needs? We could have cherries all day, everyday. 

Al Fresco Relish

~ ALL BOXES  ~

Made from parsley, capers, lemon juice, olive oil, dijon mustard, sultanas, garlic, and tabasco – Karen Dudley’s relish can be spooned over vegetables, salads, rice, steak, chops, eggs, or chicken – don’t you just love a versatile, fresh sauce? 

Fusilli Pasta

~ ALL BOXES ~

Find fusilli pasta from the Pasta Factory in this week’s boxes! Handmade from just durum wheat semolina flour and water – fusilli works well in any saucy dish. Its spiral shape allows it to easily hold any rich and creamy sauces. Cook in boiling water for 1-2 minutes until al dente (if you’ll be using it once received). Alternatively store your fusilli in a refrigerator, between 1-5oC.


Lentils

~ VEGETARIAN & PLANT BASED BOXES ~ 

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. Your 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.


Mozzarella

~ MEDIUM, LARGE & VEGETARIAN BOXESS ~ 

The perfect add to a caprese salad, 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 be used for up to 6 weeks.


Vegan Mozzarella 

~ PLANT BASED BOXES ~

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 yummy texture to a caprese salad.


Parmesan-style Cheese 

~  MEDIUM, LARGE & VEGETARIAN BOXESS ~

If you’ve tasted the cheese, yoghurt or milk from Gay’s family-run dairy, you’ll know that her reputation precedes her. Happy, free-roaming Guernsey cows produce the raw milk responsible for her deliciously creamy dairy products steeped in natural flavour. These internationally-awarded products had humble beginnings with three cows in a stone kraal, filling people’s buckets with fresh milk. 

 
Chicken

~ SMALL , MEDIUM & LARGE WHITE & MIXED MEAT BOXS ~

The chicken in your box this week comes from Son of a Butcher (SOB), whose produce is pasture-reared and free of hormones. 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 and ensuring a smoother cooking process. 

 
Silverfish (Carpenter Fish)

~ MEDIUM & LARGE  WHITE MEAT BOXES ~

Find silverfish (carpenter fish) in some of this week’s boxes from Abalobi. Abalobi is an organisation that seeks to empower small-scale fishing operations through the use of technology that ensures consumers are able to trace the origins of their sustainably caught, seasonal fish. 


Tuna 

~ SMALL, MEDIUM & LARGE WHITE MEAT BOXES ~

The catch in your White Meat protein box option is Greenfish’s tuna. This tuna has been locally and sustainably caught using the pole method: one hook, one line, one fish at a time. Store your fresh tuna in your fridge and use at your leisure – it can last up to 5 days. Should you wish to freeze your tuna, freeze it as soon as you receive it and use it within 3 months.


Beef Rosemary Sausage

~  MEDIUM & LARGE MIXED & RED MEAT BOXS ~ 

We have some mouthwatering sausages for you from Frankie Fenner in some of this week’s boxes – all of their beef is grass-fed, which means no artificial feed, grain or growth hormones – just grass. The result? Top-quality, richly flavoured beef. The beef itself is dry-aged under strict conditions which improves flavour. Store your sausage in the fridge, when you are ready to munch on them, let them reach room temperature before cooking.


Mexican Meatballs   

~ VEGETARIAN & PLANT BASED BOXES ~

Keep your Urban Vegan meatballs frozen. When defrosted, use them within 5 days – you can defrost these in their packaging by placing them in boiling water. They can be enjoyed cold or heated in a microwave. 




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.