Green calabrese broccoli is available all year round. Cape broccoli is available from February to March. Purple and white sprouting broccoli is available from February to March. Buy calabrese and cape broccoli with a closely packed head and purple and white sprouting broccoli with strong stalks and heads. All varieties
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Brussels sprouts have a sweet nutty flavour. They are in season from August to March and are at their best during cold weather. Choose small, firm, evenly sized sprouts that have tightly wrapped leaves. Avoid any with wilted leaves or that are yellowing. Wash thouroughly in cold water. Trim off
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Broad beans are large, flat and pale green. The beans grow inside velvety cushioned pods. Young beans have a fine sweet flavour and can be eaten raw. Older beans have a stronger flavour and are better eaten skinned. Broad beans can be boiled or steamed and served as an accompaniment
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There are many varieties of bean sprouts, the most common being mung been sprouts used in Chinese and Asian cooking. Use them raw in salads or toss into stir-fries or Asian style soups. Other common bean sprouts include alfalfa sprouts which are great in salads and sandwiches, and aduki, chickpea
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Avocados are native to Mexico and aren’t really pears, merely pear-shaped. They are eaten as vegetables not fruit. Appearance varies according to variety, of which there are four. Hass which has the best flavour, has a rough, knobbly, purple-black skin and yellowish flesh. Fuerte and Ettinger are a longer pear-shape,
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A brilliant everyday fragrant rice that is easy to cook and relatively cheap to buy. There are many different ways of cooking with Basmati and even the most common, boiling, has widely differing options. Fried rice First boil the rice (see quick guide). If you’ve recently cleaned the wok with
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Celeriac is a variety of celery grown for its edible roots and shoots. In the Mediterranean Basin and in Northern Europe celeriac grows wild and is widely cultivated. It is also cultivated in North Africa, Siberia, Southwest Asia, and North America. Celeriac is edible raw or cooked. The flesh is
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Millet is a gluten-free grain. The most widely grown millet is pearl millet, which is mainly grown in India and parts of Africa. Millets are a staple food source in many arid and semi arid regions of the world and feature in the traditional cuisine of many others. In Western
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