It might be the middle of March, but our long summer means stone fruits are great buying at the
Brisbane Produce Market this week. All varieties of plums are good quality and well-priced, as are
nectarines (despite their lighter colour).

Keep an eye out for the pale yellow skin and firm flesh of Golden Queen peaches, which peak at
this time of year. They often take longer to ripen, so store peaches in a paper bag at room
temperature if you’d like to speed up the process. Although traditionally a bottling peach used for
preserves, Golden Queen peaches make a delicious snack and they’ll last for up to a week in the
fridge.

New season Red Delicious apples continue to enter the market this week, along with a good
supply of Fuji and Royal Gala apples, pears, pineapples, nashi, and seedless white and red grapes
are other top fruity picks. Now is also a good time to stock up on lemons and limes.
Berry quality has been mixed of late with Tasmanian blueberries affected by the weather and
prices are on the rise. Strawberry quality is improving, but low volumes mean prices will remain
high.

Weather is still affecting some of our veggies including beans, herbs, snow peas, zucchini and
broccoli. It’s also hard to find good cauliflower at the moment, so expect to pay top dollar. Asian
vegetables are in short supply as suppliers play catch-up after the huge demand during Chinese
New Year.

Healthy salads on the menu this week? The best vegetables to add into the mix include corn,
carrot, sweet potato, and beetroot. For greens, Stanthorpe grown lettuce has suffered from the
weather, but kale and cabbage are two well-priced replacements.

With its gorgeous colour and tart flavour, this week’s top pick is the vegetable (yes, vegetable!)
rhubarb. Look for firm, bright red stalks and store stalks in the fridge wrapped in plastic. Stew
rhubarb with sugar and vanilla pods for crumbles and pies, fold through cake batters, or roast
rhubarb and serve alongside strawberries with pannacotta or your favourite ice-cream.

You can buy the best of what the season has to offer at your nearest Your Local Fruit Shop.

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