It’s back-to-school season and we know it can be a challenge to pack healthy lunchboxes during busy mornings, but don’t despair as a wide range of snackable fruit and nutritious vegetables are arriving at Brisbane Produce Market this week, so you can be confident when creating quick, fun and healthy lunches for your kids.

Let the produce be the hero in lunchboxes with new season Royal Gala apples, as supplies have started to arrive from Stanthorpe. These apples freshly picked are crunchy, juicy and ready to eat. Other child-friendly choices include William pears from Shepperton, plump cherries and sweet eating red seedless and Menindee grapes.

Summer favourites such as passionfruit and mango are great value right now, blend them with lime juice to make a refreshing after school smoothie. Supplies of strawberries and blueberries are tight, whereas lemons from Dimbulah and beautiful figs from Childers are plentiful.

Brimming with natural sweetness are delightful lychees that can be enjoyed as an afternoon snack or made into sorbets. Choose from varieties such as Kwai Mai Pink (small seed) or premium Erdon Lee (larger with more flesh).

Continuing with their impressive quality this week are stone fruit. Look out for Snow Princess white peaches coming from South Australia, or nectarines, apricots and sugar plums from Victoria which are all good eating.

Thanks to stable growing conditions, most vegetables are picking up in supplies this week. Tuck some well-supplied baby spinach, cherry tomatoes, carrots and cucumber and pair with hummus in a tortilla for a tasty and healthy vegetarian wrap. Create bite-sized salad sandwiches for the little ones including lettuce from Stanthorpe, rocket, wombok, beetroot and spring onions as they are all in good supply.

Other great value buys include eggplants, machine picked green beans, pumpkins and gold sweet potatoes. Supplies of root vegies such as broccoli, cauliflower and cabbage are increasing from Stanthorpe whereas corn from Victoria and capsicums from Bundaberg are plentiful and calling out for mini pizzas to be loaded with fresh vegies.

Fun fact: Did you know capsicums start their lives green in colour? As they mature, they change their colour to red or yellow.

This week’s top pick is the ultimate refreshing Continental cucumber. Currently in abundance, cucumbers are arriving from Gatton, Greenbank, Bundaberg and South Australia. They add a cool, mild flavour and snappy crunch to salads and sandwiches. Look for firm, dark green cucumbers without soft spots and store in the fridge. Dice cucumbers, crush garlic and mix with yoghurt for a tasty dip or infuse it with lemon in your daily water intake.

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.

More information can be found on our website: www.brisbanemarkets.com.au.

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