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  • The Best Brussels Sprouts

    A member of the Brassica family, Brussels Sprouts are, of course, named after the city of Brussels where they are thought to have originated. There are two main growing areas in New Zealand. The first is Ohakune in the central North Island. It tends to produce smaller sprouts with compact heads These become available early in the season (autumn). The second major growing area is Oamaru in North Otago where they  produce slightly larger sprouts  using a different sprout variety. Oamaru sprouts arrive later in the season and have a sweeter flavour.

    Brussels Sprouts are very good for you because they are a rich source of phytochemicals including glucosinolates, carotenoids and phenolic compounds. They are an excellent source of vitamin C, folate and also a good source of B group vitamins. Brussels Sprouts also contain sulforaphane, a chemical believed to have anti-cancer properties. (Note that boiling reduces the amount of anticancer compounds but steaming and sautéing do not result in significant loss.)

    Traditionally Brussels Sprouts are usually boiled or steamed but whatever cooking method you use, they do need to carefully cooked. Overcooking has been responsible for sometimes giving  sprouts a bad reputation because overcooking results in the release of high amounts of sulfur that badly affects the smell and taste. So, however you cook your sprouts, avoid overcooking at all costs.

    With the addition of butter and bacon, this simple recipe from Annabel Langbein is sure to convert even those who would normally turn up their nose at Brussels sprouts!

  • New Zealand Honey

    Honey has a long history of human consumption. Apparently humans began hunting for honey at least 8000 years ago as evidenced by some ancient cave paintings found in Spain. Honey is also found in the records of ancient Egypt and it is acknowledged that the art of beekeeping has existed in China since time immemorial.

    Honey, of course, is made by bees using nectar from flowers. Honey gets its sweetness from a combination of fructose and glucose. These two sugars don’t need to be broken down by our digestive system so honey is quickly absorbed into the bloodstream, giving a quick energy boost to the body.

    The flavour of the honey depends on the plants and flowers where the bees have collected their nectar and this is why New Zealand honey is quite special. New Zealand’s long isolation from the rest of the world and its island biogeography means that the flora and fauna here is extraordinarily unique. About 80% of this flora only occurs in New Zealand and this uniqueness has a remarkable influence on our locally produced honey. One of the most common examples of this unique flora is Manuka, a local evergreen tree. The intensely scented Manuka flowers bloom in summer and bees absolutely love them.

    Today there is even a registered trademark called UMF which means Unique Manuka Factors. It has become a world renowned trademark because Manuka honey is internationally acknowledged as having anti-bacterial properties that remarkably support the body's health and well-being. In particular 15+ Manuka Honey is being increasingly used in the treatment of burns.

    Along with being renowned for its health properties, Manuka honey is a wonderful eating experience. The dark cream to dark brown honey has a distinctive taste profile; slightly bitter, herbaceous, with intense woody and slightly nutty flavour notes.

    In fact New Zealand’s unique flora results in a wide range of different honey flavours and our local honey producers are making the most of this uniqueness. Mono-floral (single flower) honeys are  increasingly popular and honeys available include Beechwood, Pohutakawa, Kamahi, Rata, Tawari, Rewarewa and also honey made from imported field flora such as clover and thyme and various wild flowers (such as bugloss). The diversity of the New Zealand honey range is quite outstanding.

    Honey colour ranges from almost colourless to dark amber brown.  In general, honeys from forest floral sources are darker in colour and richer in flavour while honeys from field floral sources are lighter in colour with a delicate fine flavour. And honey, of course, can be presented in a variety of forms including comb, liquid and creamed.

    NZ Honey brands available from Moore Wilson's Fresh include Arataki (Hawkes Bay), J Bush and Sons (Blenheim), Earthbound (Auckland), J Friend & Co. (Christchurch), Local Flavour (Wellington), and Silverstream (Upper Hutt).

    There are many wide and varied uses for honey including:


    • The most common use of honey is to simply serve it on bread or toast. Increasingly popular is a little honey mixed with your breakfast muesli
    • It is also widely used as sweetener in baking, as an ingredient in glazes, or as a flavourful addition in Asian dishes
    • Use to sweeten your homemade nut milks
    • For something different, try infusing your honey with different flavour combinations like ginger and lime or apple cider and dried figs


    • Honey is a natural antiseptic so will help to heal wounds, cuts, scraps and burns
    • Combine with the juice of one lemon to sooth sore throats and coughs
    • Combine equal parts honey, vinegar and water and drink to remove parasites


    • Use as a moisturizer, simply rub on to dry or patchy skin and let it sit for around 30 minutes before washing off
    • Add a teaspoon to your normal shampoo to help smooth damaged locks
    • Relax and soak your skin in a soothing honey bath – dissolve 2 tablespoons of honey in 1 cup hot water and add to your bath along with a couple of drops of lavender oil
    • Combine 2 teaspoons of milk with 2 tablespoons of honey for a natural face mask. Cover your face and let it sit for 10 minutes before washing off
  • Country Trading Co. Supplier to Growers and Makers

    Based in Nelson, Country Trading Co. is a family business founded in 2008 by passionate foodie and gardener, Heather Cole. Their product range grew (literally) from the things Heather needed to live the good life, making cheese, preserving and growing food.

    Now well established as the supply store for growers and makers, Country Trading Co. products enable people to grow and make great food at home.

    Heather and the team develop recipes and design and source equipment and ingredients. Each product is carefully researched and tested in real gardens and kitchens to ensure it passes the “use it every day” test.

    Their new range of home dairy equipment and cultures even involved establishing a starter culture laboratory, affectionately known as the Culture Cupboard, where the team blend artisan live starter cultures for a range of dairy and non-dairy ferments.

    Passionate about good food and the environment, much of their product development has a sustainable and clean food focus. Some, like the stainless steel fermenting flask, is designed to help people remove regular plastic purchases from their weekly shop.

    Heather has noticed a continued increase in the awareness of food ingredients and origins over the last decade, driving more people to get in their gardens and kitchens and make real food at home.

    “Real food can be life-changing, and we get such a kick out of helping people reconnect with the basic acts of growing and making. When someone sends us a photo of their first Camembert we still all stop what we’re doing and admire it – it’s just wonderful.”

    The following Country Trading Co. products are available from Moore Wilson’s Kitchen & Homewares. Where the product is linked, it is also available online to delivery nationwide:

    Organic Cotton Cheesecloth
    This GOTS certified organic cotton cheesecloth is easy on the environment and the perfect weave for straining everything from jellies, curds or nut milk to bone broths.  Sourced with care from an organic farm and textile mill this reusable cloth comes in a 1.55m x 1.08m length packed in plastic-free card.

    Cheesemakers Foundation Pack
    If you are beginning your home dairy journey this pack has the foundation equipment you need. A dairy thermometer, organic cotton cheese cloth and pack of pH strips.  A Foundation Pack and one of the “How To Make” recipe books is the perfect gift for the curious foodie.

    Make Your Own Butter & Yogurt Kit
    Yogurt and butter are everyday grocery items in many homes. Making them at home opens up a world of possibilities. This kit includes quality equipment, ingredients, and recipes for making everything from cultured butter to spreadable butter, Greek yogurt, probiotic and flavoured yogurts.

    Make Your Own Camembert & Brie Kit
    Camembert & Brie are perfect introductory artisan cheeses to make at home. They require small quantities of milk and are fast to mature. This kit includes stainless steel hoops, French cheese paper, ingredients and an 82-page recipe book for many different white mould cheeses.

    Artisan Butter Paddles
    When you make butter at home, these wooden paddles help you work it into little balls or blocks without getting your warm hands involved.  (They are also great for rolling gnocchi).  Made from FSC accredited sustainable wood and packaged in a plastic-free box.

    Artisan Cheese Hoop
    Traditional, slow-draining, cheese hoops are perfect for making gravity pressed lactic curd cheeses such as Camembert and washed rind cheeses. Each stainless steel hoop comes with two flipping boards to assist with the even drainage.

    How to Make Butter & Yogurt
    Learn to make consistently fantastic yogurts and butter at home with this 82-page book. Includes recipes for cultured, spreadable and flavored butter and all yogurts from Greek to drinking, flavored and frozen.  Learn about milk, cultures, methods, and equipment for delicious dairy at home.

    How to Make Soft Cheese
    This 82-page book is like having a tutor in your kitchen, learn the secrets to making over a dozen artisan soft cheeses including recipes for mascarpone, crème Fraiche, cream cheese, cottage cheese, fromage blanc, wood smoked ricotta, paneer and more.

    How to Make Camembert & Brie
    Learn how to make, age and eat artisan white mould cheeses like Camembert and Brie. With over 20 different recipes and variations, small quantities of milk and short maturing times, this is a perfect introduction to artisan cheesemaking at home.

    Stainless Steel Fermenting Flask
    This 1-litre capacity flask includes a glass jar with stainless steel storage lid and full instructions on how to ferment dairy and non-dairy yogurts at home. It is also perfect for culturing butter and soft cheeses such as crème Fraiche and cream cheese.  A plastic-free product.  Click here to watch a YouTube video of the Fermenting Flask in action.

    Dairy Thermometer
    Temperature is important when culturing dairy products at home. This dairy thermometer comes complete with a cardboard tube to protect it’s calibration when it is rattling around in your kitchen drawer. A plastic-free product.

    Specialist Cheese Paper
    Cheese is a living thing, and these generous squares of French specialist cheese paper are engineered to let the cheese breath and the rind develop as the cheeses mature. Each pack contains 16 sheets of paper, 18 labels and sealing stickers (two extras for muck ups).

    Soft Cheese Baskets (set of 5)
    This set of 5 Italian Soft Cheese Baskets are designed to drain a range of soft cheeses like Ricotta, cottage cheese, crème Fraiche and quark. The set includes 3 round and 2 square baskets of different shapes and sizes to match to cover the most popular soft cheeses.

    Cheese Storage Box
    The refrigerator is not a friendly place for cheese. This cheese storage box lets you mature and store cheeses in the refrigerator in a humid environment with enough airflow to let the cheese breathe. The cheese box is an essential product for makers and lovers of good cheese.

    Natural Sea Salt
    This brining and pickling salt is an unprocessed raw salt, extracted by solar evaporation of sea water in Marlborough. It is free from anti-caking agents and iodine which makes it great for use in brines, cheeses, ferments, cures, and pickles. Because it is unprocessed, it retains high levels of minerals.

    Seed Saver Envelopes
    A perfect gift for growers! A pack of 20 envelopes for saving seeds with a guide to write where and when each seed was gathered. Each pack includes notes on heirloom seeds and how to save them. Plastic-free product made from recycled paper.


    Because they need to be kept chilled, Culture Cupboard products can be found in the freezer of Moore Wilson's Fresh:

    Culture Cupboard – Probiotic Yogurt Culture
    The Culture Cupboard® generous ten pack of probiotic yogurt culture contains four strains of lactic bacteria and probiotics to make fresh yogurt at home. Each pack makes 1-2 litres of thick, tangy yogurt, bursting with bugs.

    Culture Cupboard – Thick & Creamy Yogurt Culture
    The Culture Cupboard® ten pack of yogurt culture makes 1-2 litres (1-2 quarts) per pack of thick, creamy yogurt. This culture is the one for those who like a seriously thick, mildly flavoured yogurt. Perfect for smoothies, dips, cooking, kiddds and creamy breakfast pots.

    Culture Cupboard – Soft Cheese Culture
    The Culture Cupboard® five pack of Soft Cheese culture contains five sachets; each makes 4 liters of milk into a wide range of soft cheeses. A blend of four different culture strains for use in everything from Feta to Cream Cheese and Cultured Butter.

    Culture Cupboard – Vegetarian Rennet
    The Culture Cupboard® five pack of Vegetarian Rennet contains five sachets; each makes 6 litres (6 quarts) of milk into a wide range of soft and hard cheeses.  We use this rennet because it creates no bitterness in the finished cheese and it is also the rennet of choice for several of our favourite artisan cheesemakers.


  • Greek Wines

    The 1980s was not the best time for wine drinkers – for most of us there was not a huge choice, and imported wines especially were often the mass produced and lower-end of the spectrum.

    Some wine regions have struggled to shake off the reputations made for them, but in these more enlightened times, we know there is more to German wines than Piesporter and Black Tower, so much more to Sherry than flagons of Pale Cream, and so so much more to Greek wine than the Retsina you drank from a tap in the wall on your holiday in Corfu!

    Greece is one of the oldest wine-producing regions in the world, with evidence of winemaking dating back 6,500 years, and in Roman times wines from Greece were renowned for their quality.

    Despite the surge in popularity of wine in recent years, modern Greek wines are only just coming to the attention of the world’s wine drinkers, and those who are adventurous enough to give them a try will be rewarded with interesting wines made using varieties you’ve never heard of.

    We’ll be the first to admit we struggle to pronounce some of these names (especially after a glass or two) but don’t let that put you off – we’ve added pronunciation guides for each wine…

    Boutari Moschofilero  (mo-sko-feel-er-oh)

    A strong varietal aroma of flowers and citrus fruit on the nose and palate, with white rose and orange blossom prevailing. A fresh wine, full and balanced, with a long finish. In an effort to literally save the Moschofilero variety from extinction and in recognition of the enormous potential of this strongly aromatic variety, Boutari worked hard to produce their now famous Moschofilero.

    Boutari Agiorgitiko        (ah-jor-yee-tee-koh)

    Deep red, attractive colour and a rich aromatic bouquet, with a balance of red fruit aromas, like plum and the sweet notes of ageing, vanilla and cocoa. Rich, well-structured, balanced, with a velvety aftertaste. Similar in style to Merlot, but with slightly more spice.

    Cambas Mavrodaphnie Of Patras            (mav-roh-daf-nee)

    A remarkably affordable example of this famous sweet red wine from the hilly northwestern region of Achaia. Aromas of raisins, dark chocolate and cinnamon, with a rich textured palate and a long finish. Serve slightly chilled as an aperitif, or at the end of the meal with a decadent dessert.

    Retsina Cambas Karavaki  (ret-see-nah) - ideally in an Essex accent, for that authentic Brits-abroad Greek island holiday vibe…

    Ok ok, so we’ve done a lot of taking-the-mickey out of Retsina – but it is a specialty of Greece, a white wine infused with the sap of the Allepo pine tree. Aromas of linseed oil and lime peel that lead into flavors of apples and roses, with a subtle piney, saline finish. And as with all things, there are better examples. This Karavaki Retsina by Cambas is one of the lighter examples, with bright fruit aromas underpinned with the resinous pine backbone. Try with richer seafood such as octopus or shellfish.

    Eat The Food, Drink The Wine... As with many older wine regions, the best way to appreciate the wines of Greece is with the local cuisine. It makes sense really, as the style of the dishes and the style of the wine have evolved alongside each other over many centuries. Many Greek wines have an element of spice and rich aromatics, which perfectly balance the intensity of Greek foods. So grab some Kalamata olives, some quality feta and dig in!

  • Shed 5 Tuna Sashimi with Apple and Lychee Salad, Nam Jim, and Coconut Sauce

    Shed 5 occupies one of the oldest wharf stores in Lambton Harbour. A water’s edge position and in-house fishmonger contribute to its standing as Wellington’s premier seafood restaurant.

    A Wellington institution, Shed 5 is celebrating its 25th anniversary this year.

    This recipe was provided by Head Chef, Geoff Ngan. Inspired by his wife, fresh tuna is the hero of this dish with flavours of classic Thai green curry providing a unique twist.

    Serves 2 as an entree.

  • The Botanist's Buckwheat Pancakes with Berry Compote & Banana

    Vegan and gluten free. Recipes makes 6 medium sized pancakes.

  • Sweet Bakery's Lemon & Raspberry Slice

    Recipe from Cuba Street - A Cookbook.

  • Ti Kouka's Beetroot & Kumara Gnocchi with Blue Cheese Cream

    Light and fluffy gnocchi parcels with a decadent blue cheese sauce from the talented culinary team at Ti Kouka Cafe. Serves 4.

  • All Good Bananas

    Seven years ago on the beach at Piha, three men concocted a plan to bring Kiwis their first taste of Fairtrade fruit. People called them, well, bananas. 

    But they had an idea that Kiwis might get behind other people getting a fair go…It turns out they were right.

    In 2009, not many New Zealanders knew where their bananas came from, or how hard it was for growers and their families to make a fair living from their produce. So Chris, Simon and Matt decided that day on Piha that it was time for a change.

    New Zealand used to source its bananas from the Pacific, but increased demand and better shipping meant importers started looking to cheaper producers in South America and the Philippines.

    When they started their search, they looked to the Pacific first. They worked with the Samoa’s Women in Business cooperative to create organic banana chunks, but sadly there aren’t enough of the beautiful, sweet Misiluki bananas to satisfy New Zealand’s appetite for fresh fruit.

    Their quest then turned to the other side of the Pacific and El Guabo, one of the world’s oldest Fairtrade cooperatives. They landed the first bananas in February 2010, and heaps of Kiwis asked their local stores to stock us.

    All Good believe Fairtrade shouldn't be a special term and that all businesses should be fair. That's why they've worked hard to bring Kiwis Fairtrade bananas from the El Guabo cooperative of small farmers in Ecuador because they do more than just fair trading, they make a difference to the lives of growers, their kids, our kids and the land.

    Good for the Growers

    Fairtrade gives farmers and workers the security of a stable price all year round but it also gives them something else: independence.

    On top of the price of bananas, the El Guabo cooperative earn a fairtrade premium (7-10 cents per bunch). Since All Good started importing New Zealand's first Fairtrade bananas in 2010 they've given over $940,000 back to the El Guabo community in Fairtrade premium funding. This has helped to support school kids, a free medical centre, a special needs school and sustainable farming initiatives too.

    Good for the Land

    El Guabo's small plantations in Ecuador believe in sustainable farming and biodiversity. The cooperative do not use any of the hazardous agro-chemicals listed in the dreaded 'dirty dozen' and Fairtrade standards ban the use of over 120 chemical commonly sprayed on fruit.

    Good For You

    All Good Bananas are packed full of the good stuff. They are a great source of fibre, vitamin C, potassium and manganese, and a very good source of vitamin B6, making them perfect energy food.

    With All Good fair trade bananas you are able to eat healthily with a healthy conscience… and that really is All Good!

    Moore Wilson's are proud to stock only fair trade bananas in our Fresh Markets.

  • Kombucha

    Kombucha is a fermented beverage of black tea and sugar. It contains a colony of bacteria and yeast that are responsible for initiating the fermentation process once combined with sugar. Kombucha has become popular recently for its probiotic qualities. Its fizzy bite makes it a great alternative to sugar-laden soft drinks.

    A wealth of research can be found online around the benefits of drinking Koumbucha. Possible benefits include improved digestion, prevention of disease through reduced inflammation, mental clarity, and mood stability.

    Kombuchas that are raw and unpasteurised are a living product that must be refrigerated at all times, these varieties are said to have the greatest health benefits.

    Following is a guide to the Kombucha brands available at Moore Wilson’s Fresh:


    Daily Organics

    Situated in the quiet rural countryside of Matakana New Zealand, Daily Organics is a unique micro brewery creating traditional wild fermented kombucha. Each small batch is hand blended, individually brewed to a bespoke recipe taking over two months to mature. With no added sweeteners, preservatives, flavourings or additives, Daily Organics Kombucha is 100% Organic Bio Gro Certified and contains no gluten or dairy. Raw and unpasteurised.

    Their Original flavour is a traditional brew using a bold blend of black tea, delivering an uncomplicated full body taste with a subtle hint of peachiness. Winter and Summer brews available when in season.


    Happy Belly Ferments

    Our most local Kombucha, Happy Belly produce both Kombucha and Kefir Water in the Wairarapa.

    Happy Belly Kombucha is a raw, natural and active brew, meaning each batch will be slightly different. Unlike Kombucha which is made of tea, Water Kefir is made with  water and sugar which is fermented out, fresh lemon juice and fresh ginger. Typically both contain the bacteria lactobacillus.


    Organic Mechanic

    Finely craft-brewed and fermented Organic Mechanic Living Probiotic Kombucha from Parnell, Auckland. Ginger infused for extra digestive anti-inflammatory support.


    Kombucha King

    Kombucha King was first company to brew kombucha commercially in New Zealand. They began production in 2009 in Hawke’s Bay and in 2015 became organically certified under AssureQuality. Low in sugar, have no artificial flavours or sweeteners, have no colourings or no preservatives, gluten free and dairy free. Naturally carbonated via the fermentation process. Not pasteurised or heat treated. Flavours available include original, berry and ginger.


    Rene’s Kombucha

    René Archner is an internationally well known living foods chef and advocate for raw eating. René’s Kombucha is fermented/cultured for 6-8 days. This, and the use of our selected organic teas, assures a very pleasant flavour. René’s Kombucha is not pasteurised and hence contains the live cultures provided by the SCOBY. Available in red berry, pomegranate and lemon ginger.



    Good Buzz has become extremely popular around New Zealand and can be found in cafes, healthfood shops, supermarkets, gyms, even some bars! It takes a little over two weeks to make a bottle of Good Buzz. A symbiotic culture of bacteria and yeast is put in a sweetened tea brew and the bacteria feed on the sugars converting them into organic acids, which gives kombucha its iconic tang.

    Every Good Buzz is certified organic by BioGro NZ, fair trade certified by Fairtrade NZ, approved by the Coeliac Society (certified gluten-free) and approved by the Vegetarian Society of NZ. This is a great one to try if you’re new to kombucha with a range of pleasant flavours—feijoa, original, and raspberry lemon.


    Due to its live nature, Kombucha is available in store only. Look out for our full range in the fridge at Moore Wilson's Wellington Fresh Market. 







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