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Fruits of autumn

Nash and eggplant

Late autumn is the time to make my favourite fruit salad, with crisp juicy nashi from Grant and Heather Kane at the farmers’ market. (This is what strawberry growers do when the berries are finished!) 

Nashi is a brief seasonal crop – there’s only a couple more weeks to go.

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Golden grapefruit

grapefruit

I started today with freshly squeezed, wonderfully ripe grapefruit juice courtesy of our vintage grapefruit tree. I love the sweet-sour-bitter flavour.

This year, in late February the tree still has a few fruit on it. That’s even after several batches of marmalade.

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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

Scallopini

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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My name is Alice and I love local food. For more, see the "About" page.