Culina Market

Morel Mushrooms

Grown and harvested in wild forests, these honeycombed fungi are one of the most desired mushrooms in the world. Highly prized by gourmet cooks - particularly in French cuisine - these seasonal wild mushrooms herald the arrival of spring and usually pop up from March through June. Delicate with a tender, meaty texture, morel mushrooms add a great depth of earthiness to any dish. Wonderfully versatile, enjoy these mushrooms’ intense flavour on their own, or pair with fellow harbinger of spring, asparagus, for a delectable dish that celebrates the season.

Tip: Don't clean morels until you’re ready to cook them. They will soak up water, get mushy and go bad much faster.

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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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Purple Asparagus, Australian

A wonderful spring vegetable that’s been cultivated for more than 2,000 years, the asparagus has long been hailed as ‘Food of Kings’ as Julius Caesar, Emperor Augustus and Louis XIV of France were known to be fans of this sweet spear. Those who enjoy green asparagus for its delicate taste will appreciate the additional sweetness and nuttiness that its purple sibling brings to the table. Besides offering a royal hue – a result of its rich anthocyanin content - to any dish, this antioxidant-rich superfood is high in fibre, protein and iron. Enjoy them raw or lightly cook to retain its bright colour. Cooking it over long periods will turn the spears green.

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Strawberries

Gariguettes Strawberries, France

Available between March and June, this delicious spring strawberry is an old Provençal variety that’s prized by top chefs for its lovely perfume and exceptional flavour that’s reminiscent of wild strawberries.

Shaped like elegant pointed cones, enjoy the delicate sweetness of these berries with a flute of chilled champagne. For a simple dessert, dress them with a light drizzle of balsamic vinegar or serve them with sweetened whipped cream. Not sure what to do with the excess? Make a homemade strawberry jam that pairs perfectly with scones and clotted cream.

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MerryQueen Strawberries, Korea

Hailing from Dam Yang, South Korea, these are monikered “The Queen of Strawberries” for a good reason. Incredibly fresh and juicy, these ruby-red beauts boast a firm flesh and delightfully sweet taste. The season for MerryQueen typically lasts from November to April.

To enjoy the best of these regal strawberries, soak them in cold water for one minute before gently washing them under flowing water. Nutrients can be lost if the berries are soaked in water for too long or are washed too roughly.

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Calypso Mango, Australian

A mango variety that took 20 years to develop and perfect, the Calypso mango combines the best of the Kensington Pride and Sensation mangoes. With its signature deep pink blush, smaller seed and fibre-free flesh, this juicy gem is sweet and creamy with a smooth, firm texture. Great on its own, it’s also irresistible in drinks, desserts and everything in between. To ensure your Calypso is ready to eat, check that there’s no green tinge to the skin and it’s a perfect golden yellow.

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