A Better Choice For Freshness

Summer has undoubtedly morphed into autumn with an abundance of autumn vegetables, including cauliflower,  cabbage, zucchini, broccoli and eggplants, making their way to your local fruit and veg shop. 

Cabbages and cauliflowers from Werribee in Victoria are coming through and we expect more produce from  Queensland in the coming weeks. Broccoli is coming from Tasmania, South Australia, and Stanthorpe in Queensland and represents great buying. Zucchini is also well supplied from Bundaberg, as are carrots from the Granite Belt and  Western Australia, with carrots, in particular, representing great buying. 

Green beans are in good supply from the Lockyer Valley and represent good buying value as do red capsicums from the Granite Belt. Why not combine both with some protein to make a tasty stir-fry or a healthy, flavoursome soup? 

While the juicy plum represents the last vestiges of summer and will be in stores for a while longer, the stonefruit season is almost over, with about a week or so left to snap up some tasty yellow and white peaches coming from  Shepparton in Victoria. Nectarines also look to make their departure from our fruit bowls this week, so be sure to visit your local fruit and veg shop and fill up your bags. 

Custard apples from the South Kolan region are a treat, as are the new ‘hot buy’, delicious pomegranates from  Karingal. Both are in good supply. Grapes from Victoria are seeing the last of the season, hence the low supply.  Bananas from Innisfail are in good supply, with more produce starting to arrive from Far North Queensland, previously affected by cyclonic winds in March. Shepard avocadoes from Atherton and Mareeba are also in good supply. 

There is an abundance of tomatoes due to the heavy rainfall in growing regions such as Stanthorpe and south of  Bundaberg, which means favourable prices for consumers. For those seeking the trusty ‘Truss’ tomato, it is still in good supply coming from South Australia. Did you know that tomatoes are a great source of vitamin C, potassium,  folate, and vitamin K? 

Citrus fruits from Gayndah are hitting your local fruit and veg shop in a big way and are a great addition to our diet in the lead up to winter. Lemons, limes, imperial mandarins and new season navel oranges are available in good supply. Indulge yourself by baking some lemon blossom cupcakes or a key lime pie. Both are guaranteed to please the tastebuds of family and friends. 

This week’s top pick is broccoli. Did you know broccoli is related to cabbage, kale, cauliflower, and Brussels sprouts?  This vibrant green vegetable is packed with nutrients and has wide appeal. Broccoli can be eaten raw but blanching it quickly in boiling water helps give it a more crisp-tender texture and bring out its flavour. Broccoli can also be steamed, sautéed and roasted. Try creating a broccoli and cauliflower bake with some delicious, sharp cheese or perhaps combine with some eggs, parmesan, and milk to enjoy these gorgeous broccoli fritters. Enjoy!

– Produce report supplied by Brismark


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