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Water: the Blue Spring

Waihou River

Recently I sampled the beautiful water at the Blue Spring near Putaruru. It tasted like the mountain spring water of my childhood memories.

And I learned that water is one of the major export food products of the Waikato region.

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Scallopini summer


Round about this time of year Clif from Clif’s Gardens sells bags of bright yellow scallopini squashes at the Hamilton Farmers’ Market. I just love the colour. And the cute, crazy, flying saucer shapes. (The Waikato Foodbasket loves weird vegetables!)

Apart from their startling appearance, scallopini are just a kind of summer squash, along with zucchini and courgettes. Another name for scallopini is pattypan squash.

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Media splash for Soggy Bottom

saddleback pig

Fans of Jono Walker’s superb bacon and sausages will enjoy Nadene Hall’s excellent profile of Soggy Bottom Holding in the summer 2016-2017 issue of New Zealand Lifestyle Block, “Bringing home the heritage, cured, tasty bacon”. It’s a very interesting read.

Jono spills the beans on how this English forester ended up on a small, hilly farm near Ngaruawahia, producing the best free-range bacon in New Zealand and selling it at the Hamilton and Cambridge farmers’ markets.

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Too ugly to eat?


A huge celeriac turned up in the last Ooooby box. (Sadly, Ooooby have centralized their operations to Auckland.)

Readers of this blog will know that the Waikato Foodbasket is fond of weird vegetables - but celeriac is just about the ugliest I’ve ever come across. In a world where people don’t want to buy slightly blemished apples, I can see why we can’t find celeriac in supermarkets! Maybe in France.

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This is a blog about showcasing the delicious abundance of the Waikato region. Such wonderful food deserves celebration and appreciation.



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