Autumn Fruits – plentiful and sweet
Autumn apples are excellent eating this week with Stanthorpe grown Jazz™, Pink Lady and Granny Smiths in good supply. Red Delicious and the always popular Royal Gala varieties, which have a densely sweet flavour are a must-have item in the basket this week.
From elsewhere in Queensland, pineapples, lemons, limes, and watermelons are all plentiful. North Queensland-grown blueberries and Caboolture-grown raspberries are great value this week and have been flying off the shelves.
Grapes, mangosteens, Packham and nashi pears, persimmons, plums, and figs are all well-supplied, and bananas offer great value. Autumn rock melons are arriving from Victoria, while we’re expecting the first of the Hass avocados by the end of the week as the Shepard season comes to an end.
Early season mandarins from Bundaberg are increasingly available — don’t be put off by their skin quality, as they’re eating well with plenty of juice and sweetness. You can still find the odd nectarine and peach around; however, it is now late in their season.
Cooler weather ? Great buying for Vegies
Thanks to the cooler weather, supplies of lettuce, salad leaves and tomatoes have recovered, and prices are coming down. Also becoming more affordable are broccoli, broccolini and cauliflower.
There’s lots of great buying in the vegetable department this week: beans, corn, kale, eggplant, Lebanese cucumber, cabbage, silverbeet, carrots, zucchini and spinach are all in good supply.
Craving a roast? Potatoes, pumpkin, sweet potato and onions are all available and excellent quality. To add a quick flavour boost to your cooking, garlic, ginger, chillies, and micro herbs from the Gold Coast are all top quality and value.
Beetroot, snow peas, leeks, fresh peas and Asian vegetables are in short supply, while capsicums might be dearer as their season transitions between regions.
What is a Tamarillo ??
This week’s top pick is the tamarillo, a subtropical fruit also known as the tree tomato. Originally from South America, tamarillos arrived in New Zealand in the 1890s but were first produced in Australia just ten years ago. Look for firm fruit that yields to gentle pressure and store at room temperature until soft, then pop in the fridge for up to two weeks. Peel tamarillos before using in salads, desserts, sauces, and chutneys with flavours like cinnamon, raisins, allspice, star anise, vanilla, lemon, almonds, walnuts, and yoghurt. With thanks, Brisbane Produce Report.
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