Eating healthy fruit and vegetables has never been more important and the Brisbane Produce Market is THE place for everything fresh and healthy. We have a great variety of fruit and vegetables in the market this week. We are fortunate that we can rely on Australian grown fruit and vegetables and this week we have steady supplies coming into the markets. Consumers can be confident that favourable conditions including good rain and milder temperatures mean the supply of fresh produce from Queensland growers is expected to increase over the coming weeks.
Strawberries and blueberries show no sign of slowing down, with both in good supply. Apples of all varieties are plentiful, as nights start to cool why not try an apple crumble with custard?
A good supply of Shepard avocados is still coming from North Queensland. This is the week for Mexican food, how about guacamole with coriander, finely chopped red onion and a squeeze of lime juice. Limes are in good supply.
Custard apples are in peak season. We are spoilt for choice in the range of Australian fruit on offer with healthy supplies of dragon fruit, persimmons, pears, pineapples, plums, watermelons and figs. White grapes from Victoria are particularly great for eating.
Valencia oranges are coming from New South Wales and there is a reasonable supply of mangosteens. Mangosteens, known as the “Queen of Fruits” is a sweet tropical fruit renowned for its super sweet flavor and bright purple colour. They can be made into a juice or jam. Mangosteen is sweetest and ready to eat when the rind is dark purple. Choose mangosteens that have bright green and glossy stems.
In vegetables, kale and carrots are both in good supply as are lettuce, mushrooms, artichokes, silverbeet, squash, sweet potato, eggplant, corn, chokos, tomatoes, zucchini and potatoes. Queensland grown capsicum is currently priced at a premium. A number of vegetable lines that had been experiencing limited availability has resulted in higher prices however consumers should see prices returning to normal with good supplies expected over the coming weeks.
There is a healthy supply of locally grown ginger. You can add a fresh slice of ginger in a cup of herbal tea to add fruit tones to your brew. Healthy eating is so important at the moment we couldn’t pick just one item of produce as our ‘pick of the week’ so we picked them ALL. It’s starting to get cool so why not make a hearty vegetable soup, or for something fresh and cool make a bowl of fruit salad and add a dollop of vanilla ice cream. Or create something new!
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.
For further information, please contact Angela Hird, Business Innovation Manager, Brismark on 07 3915 4226 or via email [email protected]
About Your Local Fruit Shop / A Better Choice
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, 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.