With a welcome cool change across the state, we’re seeing many long-suffering vegies bounce
back this week at the Brisbane Produce Market.
Herbs, broccoli, lettuce, and other salad leaves are all in recovery mode and supplies are up. Other
vegies hitting their peak are squash, the fibre-rich cousin of the pumpkin, and Stanthorpe- and
Sheparton-grown tomatoes. Also in plentiful supply are carrots, beetroot, eggplant, Continental
cucumber, and Aussie-grown garlic. Still feeling the heat are spinach, spring onions and beans,
while capsicums, mushrooms and cabbage are expensive.
Keen to experiment with something new? We recommend giving in-season kohlrabi a try. With its
many stalks and white or purple colour, kohlrabi might look a little strange, but it brings a
wonderful radish-like flavour to salads and coleslaws. Or add wow factor to a potato gratin by
including kohlrabi with cream, stock, and herbs.
Stone fruit, melons, and figs continue to enjoy a bumper season, and we’re starting to see a good
supply of both white and red grapes. Blueberries are plentiful, but supplies of strawberries and
raspberries are low. Coming into season are Royal Gala, Red Delicious, and Pink Lady apples, along
with the new-season Granny Smith variety — the ideal cooking apple (tea cake, anyone?).
Watch out for a few more unusual fruits on the shelves this week, including the Aussie native
finger limes. Their zesty, caviar-like pearls team beautifully with seafood, Thai curries, and as a
garnish on a margarita cocktail. Another fruit worth a try is the stunning-looking dragon fruit.
Available in Magenta, Yellow, Red, and Citrus varieties, dragon fruit is packed with vitamin C and
potassium and makes an exotic addition to fruit salads and smoothies along with a squeeze of
citrus. Also in season is rosella — get in quick as they’ll only be around for a few weeks.
This week’s top pick is polka-dot corn, with its distinctive yellow and white kernels. Don’t be
fooled into thinking it’s under ripe — polka dot corn is actually the sweetest variety. Cook this
colourful corn on the barbecue or grill and serve with herbed aioli or spiced butter.
You can buy the best of what the season has to offer at your nearest Your Local Fruit Shop.