Make your Australia Day celebrations a whole lot tastier with a great selection of fresh Aussie fruit and vegetables arriving at the Brisbane Produce Market this week. So, get ready to fire up the barbie, whip up a pavlova and sip on a cold glass of fruit punch.

For mouth-watering pavlova toppings, we recommend Kensington Pride mangoes, Panama passionfruit from North Queensland, Tasmanian cherries and Queensland figs as they all present well and are in good quality and supply.

Planning a trip to the beach with kids? Beat the heat with a refreshing grape punch as both red and green seedless grapes are fantastic eating at the moment. Apples, pears, lychees and dragon fruit are well-supplied and add a colourful element to cheese and grazing platers. In dragon fruit, look out for the sweet eating pink champagne variety coming from the Sunshine Coast.

Peaches from Victoria and South Australia, smooth fleshed nectarines, velvety apricots, sweet and juicy plums, Cavendish bananas from Nerada and local limes are all in good supply and great eating this week. Juicy watermelon and rockmelon are in consistent supply too, whereas both strawberries and blueberries are in short supply.

Keen to try something different? Try rambutan! Entering in peak season this tropical fruit is marked by its signature bold red colour and bristly spines. Belonging to the lychee family, the sweet and floral flavour of rambutan makes it ideal for eating raw as a snack and many use it as a palate cleanser.

In vegies, Stanthorpe is producing many of our stand-outs this week such as broccoli, cauliflower, cabbage, silverbeet and wombok. After being in low supply for a while these vegies are picking up, as supplies are also arriving from Victoria just in time for Australia Day.

Bulk up your favourite summer salads with a range of leafy greens that are in good supply including spinach, kale, rocket, lettuce and bok choy. Barbecues will benefit from plentiful supplies of tomatoes and corn from the Stanthorpe and Bundaberg regions, respectively.

Onions from Gatton, sweet potatoes from Bundaberg and pumpkins from the Lockyer Valley are all good options to stock up your pantry, ready for your next vegie roast. The best quality buys this week for vegetables are celery, green beans, eggplants, Lebanese cucumbers and zucchini from Lowood.

This week’s top pick is the king of fruit – pineapple, currently arriving from Mareeba in large and small sizes. They are perfect for an Aussie Day barbecue served hot on a grilled burger, in summer drinks or juicy fruit salads. Choose pineapples that feel heavy for their size, have fresh-looking leaves and smell the bottom of the pineapple to gauge its level of sweetness. While pineapples are available all year round, its peak season is from January to July.

About Brisbane Produce Market

As Queensland’s only central fruit and vegetable market, the Brisbane Produce Market is the state’s most important centre for the marketing and distribution of fresh fruit and vegetables.  It records annual trade in excess of 600 million kilograms of produce valued at more than $1.7 billion.

About Brisbane Markets Limited

Brisbane Markets Limited (BML) is the owner of the Brisbane Markets® site and is responsible for its ongoing management and development. BML provides infrastructure and services to facilitate the marketing of fresh food, flowers and other ancillary products for fruit, vegetable and flower wholesalers, retailers, provedores, secondary wholesalers, food processors, transporters, exporters, industry organisations and market support businesses.

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