Brisbane Produce Report – 7 June 2024

Winter has officially arrived! Choosing seasonal produce from your local fruit and veg shop is a fantastic way to make sure your fruits and vegetables are fresh. Stores that source their produce through the Brisbane Markets are selecting from the best quality and range provided by thousands of local growers.

The pick of the week is Shallots, otherwise known as Spring Onions, from Lockyer Valley in Queensland. These are exceptionally fresh and versatile, making them a staple for a variety of dishes. Their mild, sweet flavour and tender texture add a wonderful depth to soups, salads, and stir-fries. Don’t miss out on incorporating these high-quality shallots into your meals this week.

Iceberg Lettuce from Gatton in Queensland is readily available. Lettuce is crisp and refreshing, making it a staple for salads and sandwiches. Its quality this week is outstanding, ensuring a satisfying crunch and fresh taste. Additionally, Cos Lettuce from the same regions is highly recommended for its slightly bitter flavour and crunchy texture.

Eggplant from North Queensland and Bowen are in great supply this week. Their glossy, firm skin and rich flavour make them ideal for a variety of dishes, from grilling to roasting. For a delicious and unique way to enjoy Eggplant, try this recipe for Roast Eggplant Lemon Garlic Dip – it’s a flavoursome and healthy addition to your snack options!

There is an abundance of fresh produce from Lockyer Valley this week, such as Cabbages, perfect for slaws, soups, and a range of other culinary uses, providing excellent nutritional benefits.

The supply of Broccoli from Lockyer Valley is excellent. The vibrant green heads are packed with nutrients and offer a great crunch, making them a versatile and healthy addition to any meal.

Cauliflower from Lockyer Valley is also readily available. Fresh and firm, Cauliflower is versatile, perfect for mashing, roasting, and other applications. For a delightful twist on traditional Cauliflower dishes, try this vibrant and flavoursome Curried Cauliflower Salad with Pearl Couscous.

Zucchini from Bundaberg is plentiful and of great quality. Their tender flesh and mild flavour make them a versatile ingredient in many dishes, whether grilled, sautéed, or spiralised.

Abundantly supplied from Victoria, Tasmania, and South Australia, Apples with varieties like Gala, Fuji, Honeycrisp, and Granny Smith are a fantastic choice for snacking and cooking. Their crisp, juicy texture and sweet flavour are unmatched.

Particularly sweet and refreshing this week, Watermelons from North Queensland and the Northern Territory are a popular choice for hydrating snacks. With their vibrant red flesh and high water content, they are sure to delight.

Green Kiwi Fruit from New Zealand is in excellent supply. These Kiwi Fruits are known for their vibrant green flesh, tangy-sweet flavour, and numerous health benefits, perfect for adding a burst of flavour and nutrition to salads and desserts.

Hass Avocados from North Queensland and Bundaberg are highly recommended this week. The creamy texture and rich taste of these avocados make them perfect for a range of dishes, from salads to spreads, with top quality and consistency guaranteed. For another dip option, try this Avocado Hummus with Spiced Maple Macadamias to transport your taste buds to a vibrant spring fiesta. Overall, this week’s produce selection is outstanding, offering a wide variety of fruits and vegetables that are both high in quality and competitively priced. Enjoy the best of fresh produce with these top picks!

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