We can’t get enough of the fragrant fruit on the shelves this week including nectarines, peaches and mangoes. Kensington Pride mangoes from the Northern Territory are at their peak, while the R2E2 variety is also starting to make an appearance. Love Thai food? Look out for the Nam Dok Mai green mango for classic Thai salads.
Even though it’s early days for nectarines and peaches, the quality of locally grown fruit is good and prices will come down as the season progresses. Apples, avocados, pawpaws and all varieties of pears are well supplied. Both blueberries and raspberries are at their peak, so prices are excellent. Although it’s late in the season, there are still good quality mandarins to be found — snap them up before they disappear.
We’re seeing lower volumes of some vegetables including capsicum and zucchini thanks to a dry planting period. But the good news this week is the abundant supplies of asparagus and carrots — they’re having a bumper season and the quality is excellent.
Purchase carrots in bulk packs and try them roasted in a salad sprinkled with za’atar and lemon juice before tossing with sautéed kale, red onion, hazelnuts and a maple-orange dressing.
Local broccolini and cucumbers are also in good supply and eating well. The high demand for tomatoes shows no signs of abating and prices will likely increase as the weather starts to warm up.
Cauliflowers are looking a little smaller than usual — water shortages in the Lockyer Valley have resulted in a smaller vegetable, but the quality is still great. For more-ish ‘popcorn’ cauliflower, toss small florets of parboiled cauliflower in breadcrumbs, parmesan and thyme and bake for 20 minutes in a hot oven.
Snow pea supplies from the Bundaberg region are steady while button, brown and field mushroom supplies are lighter. The Queensland potato season starts in the next two weeks.
This week’s top picks are yellow and white peaches. Look for fragrant, brightly coloured fruit that gives slightly. Avoid shriveled or blemished fruit and store peaches at room temperature until ripe, then in the fridge for a few days. White peaches are typically sweeter and less acidic than yellow peaches, but both varieties work equally well in smoothies, salads, cakes and desserts. For a simple dessert, try grilling halved peaches on the barbecue and sprinkle with cinnamon and brown sugar.
You can buy the best of what the season has to offer at your nearest ‘Your Local Fruit Shop’. Locate your closest store at www.abetterchoice.com.au/store-locator/ 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.
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Your Local Fruit Shop owners are hardworking, local family business people, who are passionate about providing fresh quality fruit and vegetables, excellent customer service and are experts in their field. ‘The A Better Choice’ program is a national initiative supporting over 500 independent retailers and wholesalers across the country who supply more than half of Australia’s fresh produce each year. Buying local is giving back – lending a hand to the young family who runs your local fruit store or supporting a third-generation farmer to get back on their feet.