Pomegranates Beautiful jewel-like beads, called arils, bursting with a tart juice, pomegranates have a rich history steeped in symbolism. Signifying beauty, love, marriage, fertility, birth, rebirth, hope, prosperity and eternity,…

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Papaya and Pawpaw

Oval shaped papaya has a bright orange-red flesh, whereas pawpaw has a lighter yellow flesh and is rounder in shape. In New Zealand though, papaya and pawpaw are one in…

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Herbs

  One of the easiest ways to bring a summer menu to life is with fresh, summery herbs. Blitz handfuls of fresh herbs including parsley, basil and mint with yoghurt,…

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Heirloomacy

After many years working in international fast moving consumer brands, in 2020 Gavin Pook turned his third-generation green fingers back to the family business growing heirloom tomatoes in west Auckland.…

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Heirloom Tomatoes

Heirloom refers to varieties of tomatoes whose seeds have been passed down for generations, and it generally means the variety has been around for 50 years, although some are a…

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Cucumber

First domestically grown in ancient India around the second–third millennia BC, cucumbers are technically a fruit and belong to the same botanical family as melons. While packed with a number…

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Courgette

Courgette or zucchini? Courgette is the French term and favoured by the United Kingdom, whereas zucchini is Italian and a more common term in America. Both are well known names…

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Berrylicious!

Summertime screams berry season! With their sweet, juicy flavour, there would be very few diners that won’t be tempted by fresh berries in your menu. Berry season starts with strawberries…

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