WHAT'S IN THE BOX THIS WEEK?

Here's what to expect in your subscription orders this week. Each week, we'll guide you on what to expect, to assist you with menu planning and your shopping list. 

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SMALL

Salad bag, spinach or kale bunch, broccoli, carrots, beetroot, Jerusalem artichokes.

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MEDIUM

Salad bag, rainbow chard, joi choi, broccoli, carrots, parsnip, purple potatoes, leek

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LARGE

Salad bag, spinach, curly kale, coriander, joi choi, celery, broccoli, carrots, beetroot, pumpkin, white onions

With the winter solstice upon us, we find ourselves in the midst of winter here in Christchurch, so this calls for warm, nourishing soups and slow cooker recipes to keep the chill at bay. This week, we feature some delicious recipes to use with some of our freshly harvested goodies from the farm.

Veggie Hero of the Season - Beetroot

Beetroot is a tasty winter vegetable, that adds an earthy sweetness to any dish. At Cultivate we grow the commonly known red variety, but also the lovely golden and Chioggia (striped), as pictured below. All of these types of beetroots have differing tastes and levels of sweetness. Beetroot is a good source of vitamin B6, a source of dietary fibre, folate, niacin, thiamine and contains a dietary significant amount of potassium. It is especially high in vitamin B6 which is needed for the conversion of fat into energy in the body. It also helps make red blood cells and the feel-good hormone serotonin.


Golden beetroots

Tends to be a bit sweeter and not as strong of flavour as Red beetroot. It is also easier to clean up from because it doesn’t stain your hands.


Chioggia

Pronounced kee-OH-gee-uh, is known as the candy cane beetroot because of its stunning striped inside. It has an especially sweet and mild earthy flavour which adds a beautiful pop of colour to salads and stir fries. It does not require as much cooking time as other varieties of beetroot.


Tip: If boiling Chioggia beetroot, add a splash of lemon juice or white vinegar to keep the colour from fading.