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Sweet, crispy carrots are in season now

As a member of the parsley family, these bright orange roots are an excellent source of vitamin A, carotene and potassium. Carrots are delicious eaten as they are and when diced, they give any stew, salad or cake a wonderful texture. 

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Avocados

Avocados

Creamy avocado is great in salads, dips, wraps and smoothies. An avocado is ripe and ready to eat if it gives slightly when squeezed. To speed the ripening process, put them in a brown paper bag with a banana.

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Cauliflower

Cauliflower

With its tightly packed, creamy white florets (called curds) and delicate, nutty flavour, cauliflower tastes delicious and looks great, too. Choose one with a fresh, not pungent scent with no browning on its curds. Cauliflower is perfect for steaming, roasting or whizzing into a soup, but it’s also great raw – try thinly slicing the florets to make a beautiful salad. 

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Parsnips

Parsnips

Roasted or mashed, parsnips are a versatile root vegetable with an earthy flavour that is sweeter than its relative, the carrot. They are perfectly suited to the British climate, as the cold weather brings out their sweetness.

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Kale

Kale

During the coldest months, kale is at its most abundant and flavoursome. Add to soups, stews and stir-fries, or blend a little into a juice or smoothie for a quick health boost. The tastiest, most tender kale has dark green leaves and goes bitter over time, so eat soon after buying to enjoy it at its sweetest. Throw them in warming salads or blend them in a smoothie for a healthy boost!

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Mango

Mango

Sweet and juicy, Peruvian mangoes make a delicious addition to a winter fruit bowl. This fragrant fruit works well in all kinds of puds and smoothies, as well as pairing nicely with savoury flavours, such as sirloin steak.

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Pork

Pork

Pork is available all year round and is a very popular and versatile meat. Whether you prefer a herby sausage, a chunky chop, or a sizzling rasher of bacon, pork provides a strong, distinct flavour that goes wonderfully with creamy mashed potato or crisp fresh greens. 

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