Kitchen basics of great value at Rocklea Markets

Some fresh produce has firmed in price this week but your kitchen basics are of great value with seasonal fruit and vegetables always the best choice for quality, price and taste.

Asparagus is in season, of top quality, plentiful and cheap.

Look for reasonably priced vegetable basics including Asian vegetables, beetroot, broccoli, cabbage, cauliflower, carrot, celery, eggplant, fennel, leeks, zucchini, mushrooms, onions, potatoes and sweet potatoes. Zucchini has fallen in price and is also reasonable.

Beans are firming in price. Brussels sprouts and pumpkin are expensive. You will also be paying firm prices for parsnips, snow peas, silverbeet, squash, sweet corn and mixed quality capsicum.

Tomatoes and avocadoes are firmly priced in the salad lines.

However, all varieties of lettuce, mixed salad leaf, cucumber, eshallots and herbs are plentiful, great quality and of a reasonable price. There are such a wide selection of lettuce to choose from with the darker the leaf, the more vitamin A and iron contained within.

US grapes are still on your fruiterer's shelves but the price is driven by the quality, with some top fruit considered expensive, to the lesser quality offerings being cheap.

The best eating and prices are found with bananas, blueberries, mandarins, navel oranges, kiwifruit, pears, pineapples and pawpaw. Watermelon has also reduced to a reasonable price.

However, raspberries, limes, lemons, mangoes, rockmelon, honeydew, passionfruit and all stonefruits, the first from our Australian growers for the season, are expensive.

Top quality apples are firmly priced. Stanthorpe grown strawberries are on the shelves and are firming in price.

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