A week of extremes for fruit and veg

It has been a week of price extremes with some fresh produce considered cheap but other produce in short supply from being at the start or end of its season, bumping up prices.

In the vegetable line, asparagus, zucchinis and average quality silverbeet are cheap.

You can expect to pay reasonable prices for good quality Asian vegetables, beans, beetroot, broccoli, cabbage, cauliflower, carrot, celery, fennel, leeks, mushroom, and hard lines such as onions, potatoes and sweet potatoes.

The real price climbers are end-of-season brussels sprouts and eggplant which are expensive while pumpkin has demanded a high price for some weeks.

In the salad line avocados have become expensive. Avocados only ripen once they are harvested. They contain mono-unsaturated fats that help lower blood cholesterol levels.

However, there are plenty of other healthy ingredients of great quality and reasonable prices to add to your salad bowl including all varieties of tomatoes, lettuce, mixed salad leaf, cucumbers, eshallots and a full variety of herbs. Store herbs in an airtight plastic bag in the fridge crisper.

Most fruit is firmly priced and some are expensive, with lemons from the USA and Australia demanding top dollar, along with US grapes and Australian limes and passionfruit.

Expect to pay firm prices for good quality apples. Bananas that are expected to firm in price further.

Mixed quality strawberries and good quality raspberries, navel oranges, honeydew, pears, pineapples, pawpaw and all Australian grown stonefruit are all firmly priced.

The best buys are punnets of blueberries, along with value-for-money mandarins, kiwifruit, rockmelon and watermelon.

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