Fresh Fruit: Rocklea Markets

FRESH fruit and vegetables are in ample supply this week with the only exceptions being lebanese cucumbers and hass avocados which are in short supply.

Winter crops are yielding some top quality produce with beetroot, cauliflower, carrots, eggplant, leeks, parsnips, snow peas, sweet corn, zucchini and mushrooms reasonably priced.

Beans are still value for money but are expected to rise in price. Choose young, firm, straight pods with good colour (green, yellow or purple). Good beans snap crisply.

Pick up some bargain broccoli, cabbage, onions, potatoes, sweet potatoes and pumpkin. However, be prepared to pay firm prices for Asian vegetables, Peruvian asparagus, brussels sprouts, celery, silverbeet, squash and average quality red and better quality green capsicums.

In the salad line, tomatoes and lettuce are eating well and cheap. Expect to pay reasonable prices for good quality mixed leaf salad, cucumbers other than the sweet flavoured lebanese variety, eshallots and a variety of herbs.

It's the start of strawberry season with some great tasting Sunshine Coast and Stanthorpe punnets at reasonable prices. They are a great source of vitamin C, folic acid and dietary fibre.

Look out for cheap pawpaw and average quality watermelon.

In the citrus line, Queensland imperial mandarins are reasonably priced and have been joined by other varieties from across Australia. Good limes are firmly priced while lemons are reasonable. Navel oranges are improving in quality and are reasonably priced. Expect to pay reasonable prices for apples, better quality bananas, pears, pineapples and New Zealand kiwifruit. Blueberries and rockmelon are firmly priced.

Great quality raspberries, the last of the season figs and red seedless grapes, passionfruit and USA cherries and stonefruit are expensive.



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