Winter or Hotoke is when New Zealanders hunker down at home and indulge in more warming sustaining foods. No the weather for barbie outside, so we cook long slow stews, roasts, casseroles and of course pies and soups..
We use the more hearty vegetables in season, like root vegetables - potatoes, kumara, carrots, pumpkin, parsnip and yams.Visit your local farmers market and check out many of the heirloom varieties of these that are coming back - Maori kumara and potatoes - really tasty varieties. .
And of course the many new
greens like Kale (people love it or hate it), kohlrabi, and the old
favourites of broccoli,cauliflower, cabbage and spinach. You can learn more about
New Zealand vegetables in season here.
And for dessert, choose from the many fruits in abundance during winter months - grapefruit, lemons,
limes, mandarins, pears, tamarillos, late apples. Nothing like a warming crumble with custard on a cold winters night. Use the indulgent Heilala Vanilla to make your custard extra special.
We make it easier for you to
discover, buy and enjoy these and many other delicious artisan foods. At the same time we help the small artisan
food producers across the country grow their business.
On Kai, you can learn more about the artisans themselves - the people with the passion
behind the produce. And learn more about the places our great food comes from –
the many and varied regions of NZ. Our country has some incredible natural advantages in being able to
grow, breed, and harvest a huge array of foods from the land, rivers and sea. We support organic but many traditional foods in New Zealand are also quite OK (just check that they are sustainably grown and produced).
We check our artisan suppliers to ensure that their food is
grown, harvested and prepared as sustainably and ethically as possible. And we identify artisans and products that are Certified organic.
Artisan food producers are the small guys in a big world, but we are committed to help them…. and make it easy for you to
support them. If there is an artisan food producer you would like us to get on
Kai, let us know
Please tell your friends about us, and thanks for visiting and shopping at Kai