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Coles fresh vegetables

Great quality, great value

Here are some tips for choosing the best fresh vegetables at Coles. When you select vegies that are in season, it costs less and tastes great.

Asparagus

How to select
Pick stems that are bright green, firm and straight. The tips should be dark green and tightly closed.

How to store
Keep asparagus in a bag, chilled until ready to use.

In season
Spring

Asparagus

Bok choy

How to select
As a general rule when selecting Asian Vegetables, thick stem varieties are best steamed or used in stir fries and thin stem varieties in soups or clear Asian broths.

How to store
To maintain crispness, store in an airtight plastic bag in the refrigerator.

In season
Winter

Bok choy

Broccoli

How to select
Select fresh, green or green-purple broccoli with compact heads and no sign of yellowing on the head. Stalks should be firm and resilient to bending.

How to store
Store for a short time in a plastic bag in the crisper section of the refrigerator.

In season
Autumm

Broccoli

Brussels sprouts

How to select
Select small, firm and compact heads with bright green colour.

How to store
Store in a plastic bag in the crisper section of the refrigerator.

In season
Autumn

Brussels sprouts

Cabbage

How to select
Choose cabbages that are solid and heavy for their size. They should have compact crisp and be bright in colour.

How to store
Store in a plastic bag in the crisper section of the refrigerator.

How to use
Cabbage is used in popular dishes from around the world, such as coleslaw, dolma, sauerkraut, colcannon, borscht and stuffed cabbage rolls.

In season
Winter

Cabbage

Capsicums

Red and green capsicums are in fact the same fruit. The red capsicum is allowed another 7-10 days on the plant to develop its colour.

How to select
Select capsicums with firm, glossy, thick skins and avoid those with soft spots or a shrivelled appearance.

How to store
In order to maintain crispness, store in an airtight plastic container in the refrigerator.

In season
Summer

Capsicums

Carrots

How to select
Carrots should be firm, well shaped and smooth, with good bright colour.

How to store
Store in the crisper section of the refrigerator in a sealed plastic bag.

In season
Winter

Carrots

Cauliflower

How to select
Select cauliflower that is firm, clean and free from curd damage.

How to store
Store in the crisper section of the refrigerator in a sealed plastic bag.

How to use
Cauliflower is usually enjoyed steamed or boiled, and is delicious with a white (bechamel) sauce or cheese on top. It's also great in salads and stir frys.

In season
Autumm

Cauliflower

Celeriac

How to select
Select firm, clean specimens that feel heavy for their size.

How to store
Store in the crisper section of the refrigerator in a sealed plastic bag.

In season
Autumn

Celeriac

Celery

How to select
Select celery that has a tight formation with fresh leaves. Stalks should snap crisply and easily.

How to store
Store in the crisper section of the refrigerator in a sealed plastic bag.

In season
Autumm

Celery

Cucumber

Related to the Melon, Squash and Pumpkin the cucumber has a crisp edible skin, juicy flesh and soft edible seeds.

How to select
Cucumbers should be chosen for their firm, fresh appearance and have a good green colouring.

How to store
Store in the crisper section of the refrigerator in a sealed plastic bag.

How to use
Cucumbers are a versatile ingredient, often used in salads, curries and dips such as tzatziki.

In season
Summer

Cucumber

Eggplant

How to select
Eggplant should feel firm and heavy in comparison to its size. It should have a glossy skin, with no blemishes, dark brown spots or indentations. The stem should be freshly cut and green.

How to store
Store in the crisper section of the refrigerator in a sealed plastic bag.

In season
Summer

Eggplant

Fennel

How to select
Select fresh glossy stalks with fresh leaves and a firm plump bulb.

How to store
Store in the crisper section of the refrigerator in a sealed plastic bag.

In season
Autumn

Fennel

Leeks

How to select
Select clean, fresh stalks with very white stems. Small to medium in size leeks are tender with a mild, delicate flavour.

How to store
Store in the crisper section of the refrigerator in a sealed plastic bag.

How to use
Leeks can be used instead of onions in many recipes.

In season
Spring

Leeks

Lettuce

How to select
Select lettuce that is heavy for its size. Lettuce should have firm hearts and crisp leaves.

How to store
Store in the crisper section of the refrigerator in a sealed plastic bag.

In season
Summer

Lettuce

Mushrooms

How to select
Freshness, colour and shape are the three points to consider when buying mushrooms. Select smooth, clean mushrooms without bruising.

How to store
Store mushrooms in a brown paper bag in the refrigerator crisper.

In season
Autumm

Mushrooms

Onions

Onions are renowned for adding flavour to a variety of dishes. Use them in soups, casseroles, stir frys, salads and for flavouring in meatballs.

How to select
Select onions that are hard, bright, clean and wellshaped.

How to store
Store onions in a cool, dry, dark place.

In season
Summer

Onions

Parsnips

Parsnips are related to carrots and celery. Use them in dips, bake them, or add them to soups and casseroles

How to select
Choose parsnips that are firm, well-shaped, and have smooth skin. Small to medium sized are the best quality.

How to store
Store in the crisper section of the refrigerator in a sealed plastic bag.

In season
Winter

Parsnips

Potatoes

How to select
Choose potatoes which are free from cuts and bruises, green colouring and shoots. Different potatoes are suited for different functions (boiling, mashing etc) so make sure to select the right potato according to how you are planning to cook it.

How to store
Store in a cool and dry place, away from the light.

In season
Winter

Potatoes

Pumpkin

Suitable for all types of cooking, both sweet and savoury. Traditional recipes include pumpkin soup, pumpkin pie and pumpkin scones, as well as roasted with lamb.

How to select
Choose firm, bright, well coloured pumpkins.

How to store
Whole pumpkins to be stored at room temperature. If pumpkin is cut, wrap in plastic and store in the refrigerator crisper.

In season
Autumm

Pumpkin

Radishes

Radishes are generally used as a garnish or salad ingredient because of their mild-to-peppery flavour and unique red-white colour.

How to select
Radishes will feel firm and have smooth skin if fresh. Avoid any that are spongy.

How to store
Remove tops and store in a plastic bag in the refrigerator crisper.

In season
Spring

Radishes

Rhubarb

With its sweet, tangy flavour, rhubarb is frequently used like a fruit in pies, desserts, sauces and jams.

How to select
Select glossy, firm, crisp stalks.

How to store
Cover in plastic wrap and store in the refrigerator crisper.

In season
Spring

Rhubarb

Silverbeet

Often eaten steamed as a side vegetable, silverbeet is also great in stir fries and in filo pastries, usually with cheese. Silverbeet is a useful alternative to spinach.

How to select
Select fresh, dark green, crisp leaves and stalks.

How to store
Store in the crisper section of the refrigerator in a sealed plastic bag.

In season
Autumm

Silverbeet

Snow peas

Peas are great boiled or steamed, used in salads, casseroles or as a side vegetable. Crunch them raw too!

How to select
Select small to medium peas with waxy, plump and bright green pods.

How to store
Store in the crisper section of the refrigerator in a sealed plastic bag

In season
Spring

Snow peas

Spinach

Often eaten steamed as a side vegetable, spinach is also great in stir fries and in filo pastries, usually with cheese.

How to select
Select spinach with clean fresh leaves.

How to store
Store in the crisper section of the refrigerator in a sealed plastic bag.

In season
Spring

Spinach

Spring onions

How to select
Choose onions that are fresh and glossy in appearance. The tops should be bright green and firm.

How to store
Store in the crisper section of the refrigerator in a sealed plastic bag.

How to prepare
Trim the roots off and strip away any extra outer leaves before using.

In season
Spring

Spring onions

Squash

Easy to cook, squash can be sliced, grilled or steamed whole.

How to select
Select glossy and tender vegetables.

How to store
Store in an airtight plastic bag in the refrigerator crisper.

In season
Winter

Squash

Sweet corn

How to select
Always purchase sweet corn with fresh green husks of a medium size. Look for bright yellow cobs and avoid shriveled kernels. Sweet corn is a good source of dietary fibre and potassium.

How to store
Store in refrigerator crisper and use as soon as possible to gain maximum sweetness from the corn.

In season
Summer

Sweet corn

Tomatoes

How to select
Select tomatoes according to whether you need them for immediate use, or to be ripe in a few days. Ripe tomatoes should be full and heavy for their size. The skin should firm and not shrivelled.

How to store
Ripen at room temperature (and leave on the vine, if applicable). Once ripe, it can be stored in the fridge to maintain freshness.

In season
All year

Tomatoes

Zucchinis

How to select
Look for glossy skin that is blemish free.

How to store
Store in an airtight container in the fridge.

How to prepare

Wash and remove both ends, but there's no need to peel the skin.

In season
Summer

Zucchinis