The Weekend Post - Cairns Eye - - Front Page -

Sum­mer is upon us and all but the most in­trepid and geo­graph­i­cally well placed lo­cal farm­ers will be hav­ing in­creas­ing dif­fi­culty pro­duc­ing the greens com­mon to the Western diet. So, if you want to stick with lo­cal and the fresh­est, it is time to start think­ing Asian. If you know where to look, there are more than a dozen great lo­cal prod­ucts to take you through the sum­mer. Bok choy is one of the most com­mon and ver­sa­tile. One of the old­est cul­ti­vated veg­eta­bles in Asia, it is now com­mon through­out the world and var­i­ous cli­matic con­di­tions, as it does quite well as a win­ter crop, even in cold cli­mates. Rich in vi­ta­mins A, C and K, it is one of the most nu­tri­ent-dense plant foods. It has a unique flavour and is great raw, stir-fried, baked, or in stews and soups. If new to Asian greens, start with some­thing steamed or cooked with a favourite meat or fish. Veg­e­tar­i­ans will love it with other Asian veg­eta­bles.

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