From Gatton grown beans to Bundaberg zucchinis and Brussels sprouts direct from Gympie, Queensland grown vegies continue to shine at the Brisbane Produce Market this week.
Good Winter buys this week include fennel, sugarloaf cabbage and sweet potatoes. Flying off the shelves are both green and red capsicums from Bundaberg as they are great quality at the moment. Eggplants, zucchini, white turnips, leeks, spring onions, potatoes and pumpkins are plentiful whereas local supplies of cauliflower and broccoli are tight.
Perfect for lunches or salad sandwiches, there are good supplies of spinach, lettuce, kale, rocket, wombok, radish, cucumber, beetroot and shallots. Both mushrooms and button squash are in moderate supply while corn and silverbeet are short.
Fresh herbs are sure to boost the flavour of your Winter dishes. At the moment garlic, ginger, coriander, lemongrass, chilli, parsley and mint are in abundance. Supplies of cherry tomatoes are also plentiful from Bundaberg and are great in terms of quality and value. Wonderful for snacking and salads, cherry tomatoes make a gorgeous addition to pasta dishes too. Other seasonal buys include snow peas, celeriac and kohlrabi.
In fruit, citrus leads the way with juicy navel oranges, bright yellow lemons, limes, tangelos and mandarins. Look out for large sized Daisy mandarins from Gayndah that are eating beautifully right now. North Queensland is producing an excellent supply of Hass avocado so look for firm, dark-green coloured fruit which yields to gentle pressure.
Strawberry supplies from the Sunshine Coast started to appear this week while blueberries are still limited and priced at a premium. Raspberries and blackberries are eating nicely, however banana supplies are impacted by the cold weather.
Most pear varieties such as Packham, Corella and Bosc are widely available and so are Pink Lady, Royal Gala and Granny Smith apples. Grapes are nearing the season end so grab them while you can. Passionfruit and rockmelon are short with the season for custard apples ending. Watermelon, pineapple and dragon fruit are also available in good supply.
The top pick of this week is the humble carrot. Carrots are versatile and can be served grated and raw to give a fresh lift to salads and sandwiches or chopped and added to any Winter casserole. Did you know? Dutch carrots are also known as baby carrots and are one of the most common varieties found in Australia. They are usually small and sold in bunches with leaves attached. For an easy sensational roast, try roasting Dutch carrots with maple syrup, cinnamon, olive oil and some balsamic vinegar. Sprinkle over sea salt and sesame seeds after cooling.
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