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The Grocer: Baobab
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The Grocer: Baobab

Superfruits don’t get much more exotic than the baobab. Native to mainland Africa, Madagascar and parts of the Arabian Peninsula, the baobab tree offers up one of the most intriguing fruits on the planet, which is edible and healthy. more


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The Grocer: Plantain
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The Grocer: Plantain

Common in tropical climates, the plantain is a fruit that is very popular in West African and Caribbean cuisine. The core difference between the plantain and its cousin the banana is the flavour – where the banana is sweet and can be eaten raw, a plantain is starchy and must be cooked before consumption. Due to this flavour difference, the plantain is best suited to savoury dishes similar to a vegetable but like bananas, plantains are very nutritious and are a good source of potassium and vitamins A and C as well as dietary fibre. Plantains are a great addition to the kitchen, and can help bring West African or Caribbean flair to your meals. Try whipping up some jollof rice with fried plantains, jerk chicken with rice peas and fried plantain or plantain lasagne. Plantains are also great as a substitute for flour in gluten-free recipes. Try making some plantain pancakes, tortillas,… more

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The Grocer: Gem Squash
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The Grocer: Gem Squash

Gem squash is a variety of summer squash that was originally found in southern and central United States, Mexico and Africa. Preparation is easy but necessary to render the vegetable palatable. The gem squash is split, hollowed out to remove the pips and either steamed, boiled or baked. Once cooked, the versatile veggie can be used as a makeshift bowl and stuffed with all sorts of ingredients, or further broken down for incorporating into other recipes. One of the easiest way to eat gem squash is on its own, topped with only a bit of butter, sugar, cinnamon or salt and pepper depending on taste. You can get creative with the hollowed out bowl – try filling it with cheesy spicy, creamed sweet corn or barley, feta, mint, coriander and spices for a Moroccan-style stuffed gem squash. Try making a platter with gem squash, tomatoes and capsicum stuffed with wild rice, feta cheese, sage and… more

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The Grocer: Wakame
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The Grocer: Wakame

Wakame is a unique ingredient that is a great way to get our of your culinary comfort zone. Experimentation comes with big rewards as wakame also comes with a few health benefits. more