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Discover the Delight of New Zealand Yams (Oca): Now in Season at Fresh On Kendal

As the seasons change, so does the bounty of fresh produce available at our local markets. At Fresh On Kendal, we’re thrilled to announce that New Zealand yams, also known as Oca (Oxalis tuberosa), are now in season. These vibrant, nutrient-packed tubers are a fantastic addition to your weekly grocery haul, offering both versatility and a delightful burst of flavor to your meals.



What Are New Zealand Yams (Oca)?

New Zealand yams, commonly referred to as Oca around the globe, are small, brightly colored tubers that come in hues of red, orange, and yellow. Despite being called “yams” in New Zealand, they are quite different from the sweet potatoes known by the same name in other parts of the world. With their tangy, slightly sweet taste and crisp texture, they are a unique and delicious addition to any dish.


Health Benefits of New Zealand Yams

One of the many reasons to love New Zealand yams is their impressive nutritional profile. These little tubers are not only low in calories but also packed with vitamins and minerals. They are a great source of vitamin C, potassium, and iron, which are essential for maintaining a healthy immune system, promoting heart health, and supporting overall well-being. Additionally, yams are rich in dietary fiber, which aids in digestion and helps keep you feeling full longer.


How to Use New Zealand Yams in Your Meals

New Zealand yams are incredibly versatile and can be used in a variety of dishes. Here are a few simple and delicious ways to incorporate these vibrant tubers into your meal prep:

  1. Roasted Yams: Toss the yams in olive oil, sprinkle with your favorite herbs and spices, and roast them in the oven until they are crispy on the outside and tender on the inside. They make a perfect side dish for any meal.

  2. Yam Salad: Add some color to your salads by tossing in sliced raw yams. Their tangy flavor pairs wonderfully with leafy greens, nuts, and a light vinaigrette.

  3. Yam Stir-Fry: Sauté yams with other fresh vegetables from our Vital Vegetables section for a quick and nutritious stir-fry. Add your choice of protein and a savory sauce for a complete meal.

  4. Yam Chips: For a healthy snack, thinly slice the yams, season them, and bake until crispy. These homemade yam chips are a delicious alternative to store-bought snacks.

Why Shop at Fresh On Kendal?

At Fresh On Kendal, we pride ourselves on offering the freshest produce and exceptional service to our community in Christchurch. Our About Us page highlights our dedication to quality and our commitment to providing in-season, locally sourced fruits and vegetables. With over 30 years of experience, we ensure that every product on our shelves meets the highest standards.

We invite you to visit our store at 70-72 Kendal Avenue, Burnside, Christchurch, and explore our fantastic selection of fresh produce, including the newly arrived New Zealand yams. Our friendly staff is always here to help you find what you need and offer tips on how to make the most of your grocery shopping experience.


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New Zealand yams are a delightful and nutritious addition to your family’s meals. Whether you roast them, add them to salads, or enjoy them as a healthy snack, these versatile tubers are sure to become a favorite in your household. Visit Fresh On Kendal today and discover the vibrant flavors of fresh, locally grown produce. Happy cooking!

By incorporating these tips and enjoying the seasonal bounty of New Zealand yams, you’re not only treating your taste buds but also supporting local farmers and promoting a healthy lifestyle. See you at Fresh On Kendal!

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