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Here at Real Foods we're passionate about real food. That includes all kinds of fresh, organic fruit and vegetables, locally sourced and packed with nutrition and taste.
We offer all the staples like potatoes, carrots and onions all year round, but we also stock interesting varieties, like rainbow carrots, Jersey royal potatoes and red onions so your fresh fruit and vegetable shopping need never be boring.
In addition to these important basic vegetables we also offer a wide range of different seasonal products for you to select and enjoy.
When you are looking for some delicious fruit to enjoy as a snack or as a dessert, you do not need to look any further than our huge range of apples which includes many older varieties never seen in supermarkets as well as some of the exciting newer ones. There is a reason for the old saying - 'An apple a day keeps the doctor away'. Apples are packed with soluble fibre and apple pectin that helps to reduce cholesterol by reducing insulin secretion, plus apples are a great source of vitamins C, A and flavonoids. For more about apples and their health benefits follow this link.
If apples are not for you, perhaps you would prefer to choose one of our varieties of avocados - a wonderful source of heart healthy fats and full of vitamins C, K, folate and B6. These healthy fats have been shown to dramatically boost fertility, for more information on the health benefits of avocados (and some great recipe ideas) have a look at this article.
Or buy some bananas, very good for giving you an energy boost both quickly released from the fructose and a slower release of energy fomo the fibre (why else do tennis players eat them during important matches?) They're also an excellent source of potassium. Find out more about bananas here.
Or perhaps select one of our delicious organic melons which contain vitamin A for promoting good eye health and also possess a surprisingly large range of phytonutrients including carotenoids, flavonoids and cucurbitacins.
In the summer months, look at our soft fruit range that includes locally sourced berries along with more exotic fruits like kiwis or nectarines. Pears are superb for low-allergen diets, find out why here in our guide to all about pears. Berries are a brilliant nutrient rich boost which also have low GI values and so give you a sweet treat without spiking your blood sugar levels. Plums are higher in antioxidants than any other commercially available fruit our guide to plums is here. Kiwis are loaded with vitamins C, E and K and lots of soluble fibre too. They are little power houses that can improve your skin, help you sleep better and may help to lower blood pressure. Nectarines are like 'unfuzzy' peaches and are a good source of potassium and fibre which will help contribute to a healthy heart. Apricots are brilliant for eye and skin health, find out more about apricots here.
In citrus fruit we've a great selection of oranges, lemons and limes, augmented by Seville oranges and satsumas when the season permits. Buying and eating citrus fruit may help support your immune system and aid in the adsorption of dietary calcium, they are rich in folate and a good source of potassium which helps to maintain the fluid balance in your body. For a look at the amazing fruits in the citrus family follow this link.
Our exotic fruit range includes the ever popular coconut, the highly prized Medjool date and fresh mangoes. Coconuts may help support the immune system. They are anti-viral, anti-bacterial, anti-fungal and anti-parasite. Coconuts also provide a source of quick energy. Medjool dates are another good source of potassium which can help control blood pressure. Also rich in B6 they may help to increase brain function. There are over 1000 different types of mangoes. Real Foods cannot boast that many varieties, but we know that all the different varieties are a good source of fibre and contain enzymes that help the breakdown of protein in the digestive system.
When you are looking to buy vegetables we have alliums, including onions, garlic and shallots. Whilst these do not contain particularly large amounts of vitamins and minerals they do contain allyl sulphides which may help to lower blood pressure. They are also an excellent source of quercertin, an anti-inflammatory antioxidant that could be of help for sufferers from inflammatory illnesses such as arthritis.
We also have a great selection of peppers, tomatoes and potatoes. Have a look around and check out the different varieties available.
Peppers do not just add colour to your plate, they are a valuable source of fibre and antioxidants (which ones depends on the colour you choose).
As well as fibre, potassium and vitamin C, tomatoes contain choline and all these nutrients have been shown to help with the health of the heart. Tomatoes have been widely studied for their antioxidant value, they contain excellent amounts of beta-carotene and the carotenoid lycopene which has been shown to help prevent heart disease. Find out more about our wide range of tomatoes and their amazing health benefits here.
The humble spud is another vegetable full of fibre, potassium and a surprising amount of vitamin C. Best enjoyed in moderation we have a great selection of different varieties for you to try out. Here's our guide to potatoes if you'd like to find out more.
If it is root vegetables that you are after, we have carrots, beetroot and sweet potato, along with rarer items such as wild horseradish root, salsify and fresh turmeric. Root vegetables grow underneath the ground where they are able to absorb high amounts of minerals and other nutrients from the soil. They are also able to absorb important nutrients from the sun through their leaves. Vegetables such as carrots, sweet potatoes, swede and turnips contain significant amounts of vitamin C and beta-carotene, which may help to clean the blood and help prevent high blood pressure, heart disease and strokes.
We have a great selection of squash. From summer squashes like courgettes or custard squash (also known as pettipan) to winter squashes like butternut or red hokkaido. If you check out our range in the autumn, you'll be truly astounded at the sheer range of different squashes, gourds and pumpkins and their amazing shapes and colours! Widely prized for their high antioxidant activity and anti-inflammatory compounds and the potential for blood sugar regulation, they also provide a good amount of B-complex vitamins.
In brassicas, along with the nutritional powerhouse that is kale, we also sell cabbages, broccoli and for the more adventurous kohlrabi and pak choi. This family of nutritious veggies also includes radishes, Brussels sprouts, and cauliflower. Besides adding flavour to your meals, these vegetables are packed with antioxidants, which may help lower the risk of various conditions such as cancer and coronary heart disease. Also rich in vitamins such as vitamin C and folic acid, and minerals such as potassium, iron and selenium, these veggies contain nutrients like zeaxanthin and lutein, nutrients which are important for eye health.
Salads and fresh herbs are a wonderful summer choice and our range includes interesting salad leaves along with swiss chard, watercress and even chicory. Our fresh herbs section usually has parsley, sorrell, sage and mint but also often has rarer items like curly parsley, fennel and fresh lovage. Excellent for lending fresh flavours to dishes
Here in Edinburgh, Real Foods are widely known for our seasonal rarities. In the summer months we stock summer truffles, wild foraged samphire and fresh wheatgrass. In the lead up to Christmas you can find fresh nuts in shells and mistletoe. We've had rare aubergines, raw aloe vera leaves and wild garlic to name but a few recently. You can find them in speciality items and other fresh vegetables.
Our mushroom range varies depending on seasonality and what the foragers can find! While the nutrients in mushrooms vary depending on the variety, most provide protein and a wide range of amino acids. Try chanterelles for a distinct, complex and rich flavour or try the porta bella, perfect for stuffing and grilling.
All of these are brilliant for adding interest to your dishes. No single food will provide all the nutrients we really need, what's really important is getting a good range of foods and enjoying them. If you need a little inspiration go to our recipes section and you'll find some great ideas. So go on, experiment!