Culina Market

White Asparagus, France

White asparagus heralds the arrival of spring. Unlike the green variety, white asparagus is grown without daylight. Photosynthesis doesn’t take place because the plants are grown in the dark, hence the white colour. As the spears grow, soil is piled on top to deny them any light source.

To harvest them, a special knife is used to cut or dig up the asparagus below the surface before they grow through the soil. As it takes more effort to produce this ingredient, white asparagus is more expensive than the green variety. The flavour of white asparagus is mild and slightly sweet. The plump spears are best boiled until tender and paired with a rich sauce such as hollandaise or a lighter vinaigrette dressing.

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Sweet Globe Grapes

A sweet pop-in-your mouth snack, plump and juicy grapes are always a welcome treat.

If you’ve not tried Sweet Globe grapes, it’s time to give them a go. Handpicked from the finest fruit estates across Australia, they are known for their signature crunch and sweet juicy flavour, and valued for their rich vitamin A and C, calcium and iron content. Enjoy them as a fancy addition to a charcuterie board, or lightly freeze before blending with fresh mint and lime zest for a refreshing sorbet.

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Midnight Beauty Black Grapes

Now in season at our Market is a varietal of grapes that makes for an ambrosial dessert any time of the day.

Hailing from Down Under, the elongated Midnight Beauty black grapes are well loved for their sweetness, crisp texture and nutritional value. Savour them simply chilled or dip them in dark chocolate for a decadent dessert.

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Stone Fruits

Whether you prefer apricots, peaches, nectarines, or red plums, nothing says summer (June to September) quite like the sweet, juicy flavours of mouthwatering stone fruits. France may not be the biggest producer in Europe for stone fruits but the varietals it offers are second to none.

With their sweet taste and juicy flesh, peaches and nectarines epitomises summer. They are the same species, even though they are regarded commercially as different fruits. In contrast to peaches, whose fruits present the characteristic fuzz on the skin, nectarines are fuzz-free. You don’t need to do much with luscious peaches and nectarines, simply cooked to caramelised gooiness and serve with ice cream.

For stone fruits, pies are just the beginning. These juicy apricots, nectarines, and peaches lend themselves well to baked crumbles, on top of decadent tarts, as a sweet accompaniment in salads, icy popsicles, and cocktails. You can also cooked down the fruits to a jam and scoop on top of waffles and ice cream. Stone fruits are easy to work with— you’ll just need to pit them before using them in a variety of dishes.

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