Strawberries, passionfruit, and oranges are the fruity favourites at the Brisbane Produce Market this week, sweetening those cool winter days as a snack or dessert.

We’re seeing an abundance of strawberries from the Sunshine Coast; they’re as cheap as they’ll get and deliciously sweet. Blueberries, however, have been affected by the cold so will be on the pricier side.

Oranges are fantastic buying at the moment, and we particularly recommend the blood orange which is making its annual appearance. Available for the next six weeks, this red-fleshed orange makes for stunning cakes, tarts, curd, tarts, salads, and sauces. It’s an excellent juicing orange, or add it to cocktails or prosecco for a twist on the traditional Bellini.

In passionfruit, the larger variety from Queensland and the smaller Sweetheart variety from New South Wales are both in supply. Mundubbera-grown lemons, Hass avocados from Mt Tambourine, and Gayndah-grown Honey Murcott mandarins are also plentiful.

Locally grown vegetables are well supplied this week, including cherry tomatoes, beans, beetroot, capsicum, celeriac, eggplant, ginger, parsnips, snow peas, sugar snaps, spring onions, yellow squash, and turnip. Also great value are carrots, salad leaves, leeks, and artichokes.

After a period of unpredictable supply, zucchini are back to great buying and the quality is excellent. Cucumbers are still expensive, as are Asian vegetables.

Keep an eye out for a few unusual vegies this week, such as the kalette from South Australia — a cross between kale and Brussel sprouts. Kalettes work well in stir-fries and noodles dishes, or they can be roasted or blanched as an accompaniment.

Another little-known vegie is lobok, also known as the white radish or daikon. Grown in the Stanthorpe and Gatton regions, lobok is popular in Asia, where it is used in soups, stir-fries and pickles. Try it raw in coleslaw or shredded in a classic Korean kim-chi.

This week’s top pick is radicchio (rah-dee-key-oh), a striking vegetable from the chicory family with red/purple leaves. The most common type you’ll see here is the Treviso (long) variety from the Lockyer region. Radicchio has a bitter, peppery flavour that is usually balanced in salads by sweeter ingredients such as pear, balsamic vinegar, honey, apple, and figs.

You can buy the best of what the season has to offer at your nearest 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 Jane Schmidt, Marketing & Communications Executive, Brismark on 07 3915 4311 or via email [email protected]

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