Ripe the Organic Grocer

At Ripe, we're committed to stocking the best Organic produce grown in Australia. All of our fruit and vegetables are certified, without exception, so you can rest assured that you're getting food that not only tastes great, but is good for you. This commitment to supporting local growers is a step towards a more sustainable future, and we're proud to encourage healthy lifestyles.

Spring is Here!

spring is here!Spring is here, and with it we have some great local produce. Eating seasonally, the appearance of the new spring vegetables is something of an event... Asparagus, artichokes, broadbeans and the fantastic new season garlic are all now making appearances in-store. Fresh organic Broccoli is in abundance, which means the price has dropped, and the fresh greens are benefiting from the warmer weather and the spring rains.

Artichokes are a delicacy that many of us might have enjoyed at restaurants, but may be unsure of how to prepare them at home. They are a little fiddly, but once you've got the hang of it, they are really pretty easy. Locally grown artichokes from Koo-wee-rup are on special this week at Ripe, so we thought a few tips might be helpful for how to prepare them. Read more about how to prepare artichokes.

Locally grown asparagus is also from Koo-wee-rup, an area famous for the quality of their asparagus. We've put together a few new ideas for serving this lovely spring vegetable, so take advantage of the good prices and celebrate spring with asparagus. Read more about asparagus.

While we wait for the new season of fruit to begin, with apricots, mangoes and stonefruits,  the pears and apples are still pretty good. The locally grown pears from Yarra Orchard in Templestowe are lovely, and are great for making into fruit warm desserts. Try this recipe for pear and passionfruit crumble.

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Hayfever and Spring Time Immunity

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Spring time can be a dreaded season for those who suffer pollen allergies and hay-fever, and whilst there are many over-the-counter "quick fix" medications, many subtle changes in diet can bring relief and improve general health and wellbeing for this time of year. Whether or not you suffer from hay fever, it is important to nourish the immune system at this time of year, to give the body strength and energy, and to avoid sickness.

Vitamins are essential for maintaining the immune system, so it is important to eat a wide range of fresh fruits and vegetables. The most important vitamins for immunity are thought to be A, C, and E. We need a constant supply of these vitamins, and one of the best ways to get them, is through fresh organic fruit and vegetables. We have made it easy with our quick reference list below of some of the best source foods:

eat more fruit and vegetablesVitamin A: Carrots (the best way is to juice them) Kale, Sweet Potato, Spinach, Parsley, Rockmelon, Asparagus, Pumpkin, Lettuce, Cod liver Oil, Liver.

Vitamin C: Capsicum, Kiwifruit (esp. the yellow variety), Papaya, Strawberries, Broccoli, Lemon, Cauliflower. Remember, the vitamin C content will decrease when food is stored, fresh is best.

Vitamin D: There’s nothing better than sunshine!

Vitamin E: Wheatgerm Oil, Sesame Seeds, Tahini, Almonds, Hazelnuts, Rice, Cucumber, and cold-pressed oils: Almond, Sesame, Linseed, Safflower, and Olive oils.

Another important factor to consider when battling hay-fever, are the components in the diet that may be exacerbating the situation. Avoid mucous forming foods such as dairy, white flour, white sugar, refined, processed foods and drinks and sweets containing caffeine.