Grapes and melon are budget friendly

Dragon fruit, or Pataya, originally came from central America. Photo Tessa Mapstone / South Burnett Times
Dragon fruit, or Pataya, originally came from central America. Photo Tessa Mapstone / South Burnett Times Tessa Mapstone

WE MAY not be paying titanic prices for iceberg lettuce and other fresh produce as those in the UK suffering severe weather conditions but Queensland's heat, teamed with heavy rains in the southern growing regions have firmed prices.

Cauliflower and asparagus are the most expensive but there are still reasonably priced, good quality Asian vegetables, beetroot, capsicum, carrot, celery, silverbeet, onions and pumpkin.

Weather affected broccoli is of poor quality this week and firmly priced.

Expect to pay more for quality beans, brussels sprouts, cabbage, eggplant, fennel, leeks, parsnips, snow peas, squash, sweet corn, zucchini, mushrooms, potatoes and sweet potatoes.

Avocados and lettuce are expensive, with Queensland grown lettuce smaller in size from the hot conditions than the size of Victorian crops.

Otherwise, most other salad items are value for money and eating well, including tomatoes, salad mix, cucumber, eshallots and all herbs.

The cheapest items in the fruit shop this week are limes. Other citrus categories, such as lemons, and navel and Valencia oranges are firmly priced but eating well.

Strawberries are suffering from the heat making them expensive but you can pick up raspberries and blueberries that are eating well at firm prices.

For watching the budget, select grapes, Italian grown kiwifruit, rockmelon, watermelon, honeydew, pineapples, peaches, nectarines, plums and lychees. Sweet sugar plums are in season and although small, are delicious to eat.

Expect to pay firm prices for bananas, figs, end of season mango varieties, figs, passionfruit, pawpaw and apricots.

Apples, pears and Tasmanian grown cherries are expensive. Try something different with dragon fruit (pictured below), carambola (star fruit) and custard apples but they are firmly priced.

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