With temperatures soaring around Queensland, here at the Brisbane Produce Market we’re looking for ways
to eat light and keep cool. Thankfully, high summer brings a plentiful supply of produce for crisp salads and
For a quintessential summer experience, we reckon nothing beats biting into a juicy stone fruit. This week,
we’ve got an abundance of red- and black-skinned plums as well as large nectarines and peaches from
Victoria. These stone fruits are at their best, so savour them as snacks, in cakes, or topping desserts like the
classic pavlova. Australian-grown apricots are one stone fruit that won’t be around for much longer — with
only 10 days left in the season, you’ll have to get in quick.
For value and quality, we can’t go past rockmelons and watermelons, which are hitting their peak at the
moment. Perfect on their own, melons also work well in salads with sharp cheeses like fetta for a sweet/salty
combo. Bananas, blueberries and most apple varieties continue to offer great value, but other berries such
as strawberries and raspberries are in low supply. Now is also a good time to stock up on limes, ideal for
summer drinks (gin and tonic, anyone?) and Asian salads. This week we’re also eyeing off delicious-looking
figs from Bundaberg — look for smooth-skinned fruit that yield slightly to the touch. For a simple yet
impressive starter, wrap figs in prosciutto and fill them with blue cheese.
Making the news this week is the limited supply of Australian avocados, which has even prompted some café
owners to take them off the menu. If you or your resident millennial can’t do without smashed avo on toast,
expect to pay up to $5 per avocado. But don’t despair, as prices should improve once the new season New
Zealand-grown avocados arrive in the next few weeks. Speaking of withdrawal symptoms, be prepared to
farewell mangoes as the Queensland season comes to an end. Expect higher prices as the late-season yield
has been affected by the hot weather and storms.
Queenslanders aren’t the only ones feeling the heat this week — many of our vegies are suffering, too. We’re
seeing a limited supply of beans, broccoli, cauliflower, salad leaves, zucchini and capsicum. Also affected are
onions, potatoes and pumpkins, but sweet potatoes are going strong.
With cabbage, celery, carrots, snow peas and wombok in good supply, this is a great week for making
coleslaw or experimenting with stir-fries. Well-priced cucumbers and iceberg lettuces are other market
favourites, so team them up in kid-friendly salads or get creative with dips like Greek tzaziki or Indian raita.
Tomatoes are still offering good value, despite the hailstorm that affected many of our Bundaberg suppliers.
Our top pick of the week? We’d have to go with locally grown corn — it’s reasonably priced and irresistible
in fritters or any Mexican-inspired meal.
You can buy the best of what the season has to offer at your nearest Your Local Fruit Shop.