Know your food - Sri Lankan
KNOW YOUR FOOD

Know your food - Sri Lankan

 

Where it’s from, a bit about it, perhaps a fun fact and how to store or keep fresh.

 

Sweet Potatoes   

~ ALL BOXES ~

 

These tasty staples come from Patrysvlei where Thomas Bergh grows exotic potatoes just outside of Clanwilliam. For the Bergh’s, farming is about ensuring the food on your table has been responsibly produced and that it's good for you and the planet too. Store your potatoes (unwashed) in a dark cupboard. When you want to cook, bake, fry or boil these earthy bulbs, wash them under cool water. Don’t be afraid to cook them unpeeled – they’re relatively soft and much of the nutritional value of a potato is found in its skin. If baked or fried, the skins add a rustic crunch when coated in olive oil

 

Coriander

ALL BOXES ~

Naturally Organic’s coriander, also known as dhania, is a flavoursome herb – set to give stew dishes a burst of flavour and aroma. Finely mince and use them as a garnish on hot dishes (just before serving to keep their flavour), make a pesto, or they could even be roughly chopped and added to a salad, wrap, or curry. If you want to prolong the freshness of your herbs and stop them from getting slimy, dry them off and put them in a sealable Tupperware.

 

Green Beans  

~ ALL BOXES ~

To prepare your fresh green beans from Naturally Organic, rinse the beans under cold water and then drain. Snap or cut the stem end of the beans off – for a quicker way, bundle up the beans and cut off all the stem ends with a knife. Then, cook until tender – for about ten minutes over medium-high heat.

 

 

Mushrooms

~ ALL BOXES ~

 

Did you know that there are over 38 000 varieties of mushrooms and this week’s portobellini variety comes from Funky Fungi. Mushrooms are a delicious and healthy meat alternative. Store in the fridge – they keep for up to 7 days. Cooked portobellini can be frozen and will keep for several months. Place in freezer containers or bags, excluding as much air as possible. Uncooked mushrooms don't freeze well.

 

 

Swiss Chard

~ MEDIUM & LARGE  BOXES ~

 

This leafy green – with large, fleshy, tender, deep-green leaves and a thick, crisp stalk – is sourced from Naturally Organic. Although they’re unrelated, chard is similar to spinach, but with a stronger, slightly more bitter, flavour. Enjoy braised, in a stew or with any dish in need of a leafy side. The stems are firmer than the leaves, so chop up and cook them before the leaves. This leafy green keeps for up to four days in the fridge, or you can store them in a vase of water out of the fridge – they double as a decorative bouquet.

 

 

Aubergine

~ ALL BOXES ~

 

Also known as eggplant or brinjal, the aubergine is a popular meat substitute in Mediterranean cuisine. Sourced from Umthunzi, aubergines should not be eaten raw because of their bitter taste – add them to stews, roast, grill or fry them. Chef’s tip: if you slice and salt aubergine it helps eliminate the bitterness and prevents it from absorbing a lot of oil when frying or sautéing. This technique is called “sweating” and can be achieved in 3 easy steps: slice up your veg, place on a board and sprinkle with salt – after about 30 minutes, rinse off the salt and pat your pieces dry.

 

 

Mangoes  

~ ALL BOXES ~

 

We’ve got a tropical fruit in your box – sourced from Naturally Organic. Store your mangoes at room temperature, where they will continue to ripen and become increasingly aromatic. Only refrigerate fully ripe mangoes and use within a few days. Enjoy!

 

 

Apricots

~ MEDIUM & LARGE BOXES ~

Savour these fresh delights sourced from Terra Madre as is or mix your apricot with a range of your favourite fruits for a easy fruit salad, add to a smoothie (as a topping or main ingredient) or make a treat the kids will love by blending sliced apricot with orange juice and freezing the blend – everyone loves fruity ice lollies!

 

Sri Lankan Curry Paste

~ ALL BOXES ~

 

Make a rich Sri Lankan curry by cooking this paste with coconut milk, sliced onions, green chilli and aromatic spices of your choice. This curry paste is rich in colour and flavour which is owed to its ingredients which includes: onions, garlic, ginger, green chilli, tomatoes, oil, fresh curry leaves, cardamom pods, brown mustard seeds, cumin seeds, fenugreek seeds, turmeric, and tamarind paste. Refrigerate for 10 days or freeze to store.

 

   
Rotis

~  ALL BOXES ~

Find handmade, whole wheat, butter rotis from Kumars in your box! Pan-fry them for 2-3 minutes per side, until golden and warmed through. Serve alongside a variety of different gravy or stewed dishes that can be scooped up with this fresh flat bread goodie.

 
Paneer

~  SMALL, MEDIUM & LARGE BOXES ~

This week’s paneer is sourced from Cream of the Crop. Widely used in north Indian cuisine, paneer can be eaten fresh as is, or added to dishes for a milky texture. Paneer blends beautifully in curry.

 

 
Lentils

~ VEGETARIAN, PLANT BASED BOXES (not the small box)  ~

 

Rich in proteins, minerals and fibre, prepare your Real Food Factory lentils by rinsing them under cold water until the water runs clear. Put lentils in a pot with enough water to cover; bring to a boil; place a cover on the pot; reduce heat to medium-low, and let simmer until tender – up to 20 minutes.

 

 

Mango Atchar

~  VEGETARIAN, PLANT BASED BOXES ~

 

We are delighted to have some Nuru Pickles mango atchar in your box. Nuru’s family comes from India and it was her aunt who taught her how to make atchar and pickles. In India, it is spelled achar, which means ‘pickle’ in Hindi. This is a fresh mixed veg atchar and must be stored in the fridge. 

 

 

Chicken

~  MIXED MEAT & WHITE MEAT BOXES   ~ 

 

Find Elgin free-range chicken in some of this week’s protein option boxes.  “To us, being authentically free range means more than just free-roaming. It also means stress-free, and free to behave naturally. We work with nature to keep our birds healthier and happier, which in the long run also improves the flavour and texture of the meat.” – the team at Elgin explains.

 

 

Cubed Lamb

~ Mixed Meat Boxes (Medium & Large)  Red Meat Boxes (Small, Medium, Large) ~

 

Herdsmen’s lamb is a combination of neck, shank, leg and shoulder on the bone. This lamb cut is best browned in a pot until golden and sealed, then cooked low-and-slow in a sauce for ultimate tenderness and flavour development – for a minimum of 2 hours.

 

 

Streaky Bacon

~  Mixed Meat (Small, Medium, Large) Boxes ~ 

 

In the Mixed Meat selection, find streaky bacon from Farmer Angus – a regenerative farming business with the production of nutrient dense foods at its core.

 

 

Whole Fish 

~   White Meat (Medium, Large) Boxes ~

 

Find whole fish in some of this week’s boxes from Abalobi. Abalobi is an organisation that seeks to empower small-scale fishing operations through the use of technology that ensures consumers are able to trace the origins of their sustainably caught, seasonal fish.

 

 

Beef Mince

~  Red Meat Boxes   ~ 

 

The team at Frankie Fenner Meat Merchants (FFMM) had this to say about their beef mince in some of this week’s boxes: “Mince doesn’t really get the credit it deserves. And we understand why. Too often, mince is simply bits and pieces from a day at the butchery. Chucked into a grinder. Not a lot of thought. Not a lot of love. At FFMM, we take as much pride in our ground, grass-fed beef, as we do with a ribeye. Our mince has about 20% fat and 80% meat and we keep it nice and coarse. We feel it lends itself to more cooking options this way.”

 

 

Tofu

~   VEGETARIAN & PLANT BASED BOXES  ~

 

The 100% organic tofu from Tofu Tub in your box is extremely rich in protein, and is made from the curds of soybean milk – also known as “The Cheese of the Orient”. Your tofu comes in vacuum-sealed packaging, so if you’re not going to use it as soon as it arrives, we recommend that you store it in the fridge and consume within 3-5 days of opening.

 

 

If you’re looking for tasteful creations to use your #goodproduce for visit our Recipe Inspiration Page on https://farmersmarket.ucook.co.za/blogs/recipe-ideas.