What’s fresh

Mt Druitt - St Mary's Standard (East) - - LIFESTYLE - with Nick Mo­raitis Nick Mo­raitis is the ex­ec­u­tive chair­man of fresh pro­duce en­ter­prise Primo Mo­raitis Fresh

MUSH­ROOMS are now widely avail­able at a rea­son­able cost af­ter prices went through the roof when they were hard to come by about three weeks ago.

Some­times de­scribed as “meat for veg­e­tar­i­ans”, there are now plenty of mush­rooms to choose from at the shops in­clud­ing large and but­ton va­ri­eties.

Mush­rooms are grown all over the place, in­clud­ing on Syd­ney’s fringe, with largescale op­er­a­tions in the Hawkes­bury area. Grow­ing mush­rooms can be quite a del­i­cate op­er­a­tion but it’s worth it be­cause they are very pop­u­lar. They are easy to throw into the fry­ing pan and serve up for a tasty meal.

Other fresh pro­duce that has come down in price in­clude green beans, broc­coli, beet­root, baby bok choy, kale and sil­ver beet.

Grow­ing con­di­tions have been good be­cause the rain has eased off and tem­per­a­tures haven’t been too cold.

BUT­TON MUSH­ROOMS Cost: About $4 a pun­net

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