In fruit, Queensland navel oranges are going from strength to strength as the season progresses. Red papaya is in season and eating well — look for firm fruit with vibrant red flesh.

Packham pears, lemons, mandarins, Hass avocados, and pineapples are all well supplied, while strawberries and raspberries from the Sunshine Coast are the best of the berries. Expect rockmelons and Nashi pear prices to improve as supplies increase. There are moderate supplies of watermelon.

Look out for feijoas. This exotic fruit has a flavour that has been likened to pineapples, guavas and kiwi fruit. Supply shortages this week include Pink Lady and Royal Gala apples, limes, passionfruit, and bananas. Grapes and pomegranate are available, but supplies are decreasing.

In vegetables, all varieties of cucumbers are a great value this week. Bright purple eggplants from the Glasshouse Mountains region are excellent quality, as are fennel and radish.

Asian vegetables, capsicum, celery, onions, coriander, ginger, lettuce, brussels sprouts, and mushrooms are plentiful. Greens like rocket, salad leaves, cabbage, shallots, spinach, spring onions are also good value. Kale is also in good supply.

Craving a warming soup or stew? Kent and Butternut pumpkins, sweet potatoes, celery, potatoes, tomatoes, and zucchini are all plentiful. Well-stocked Aussie garlic is a great value flavour burst.

Basil and mint don’t love the cool weather, so supplies are limited, but coriander is looking great. Corn, beans, broccoli, celeriac, okra, rhubarb, silverbeet, leeks, and squash are in short supply.

This week’s top pick is capsicum. All capsicums start out green and colour as they ripen, becoming sweeter and more nutritious, with the red variety the sweetest of the bunch. A versatile vegetable, all varieties of capsicum can be eaten raw or cooked in stir-fries, sauces, bakes and roasts. Yellow capsicum is often grilled or roasted, while red capsicum is sweetest for salads and vibrant dips like muhammara. Make capsicum the star of the meal by cutting the top off, scooping out the seeds and then stuffing the centres with a Middle Eastern-flavoured lamb mince with cinnamon, currants, allspice, pine nuts and basmati rice. Look for glossy, unblemished, deeply coloured capsicums that feel heavy for their size and store in the fridge for up to a week.

For A Better Choice (www.abetterchoice.com.au) of what this season has to offer, look for Your Local Fruit Shop. Go to www.yourlocalfruitshop.com.au to locate your closest store. Check out the Your Local Fruit Shop Facebook page for the latest news from your local fresh produce experts at https://www.facebook.com/yourlocalfruitshop.

For further information, please contact Elise Parups, Communications and Programs Manager, Brismark on 07 3915 4311 or via email [email protected]

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