With supply chain issues struggling across the country, you can always rely on your local fruit and veg shop, as there is an abundance of great produce still available and store owners and workers are putting in the extra effort to ensure the shelves are full.

Stone fruits mainly coming from the southern states are your summer fruit standout this week, with plenty of great quality Peaches and Nectarines available. There are also great quality Plums available, excellent for eating fresh or if you’re in need of a summer cool-down, try making a Plum Sorbet!

There is also an excellent supply of berries available and ready to eat, including Blueberries, Raspberries, Strawberries and Blackberries coming from New South Wales and Tasmania to get your summer berry fix sorted!

There are still plenty of Cherries coming out of Victoria and Tasmania in excellent quality, after a bountiful harvesting season. We are seeing export-quality cherries in stores, so now is as good a time as any to get your hands on some of this season’s cherries before they’re gone!

There’s a good supply, quality and variety of lychees hitting the market this week mainly coming from Mareeba in North Queensland. Although all varieties of lychees are flavoursome, you can expect to pay more for fruit with smaller seeds.

We are also seeing a good supply of tropical fruits including Papayas and Pawpaws from Northern Queensland in your local Fruit and Veg Shops! Papayas are great eaten fresh, or go really well Baked and topped with ice cream for those of you with a sweet tooth! Pineapples coming from Sunshine Coast and Northern Queensland are available but in shorter supply, however, improving over the next few weeks.

Queensland grown vegetables such as new season capsicum, zucchinis, baby squash, continental and Lebanese cucumbers, butternut, and jap pumpkin, green beans, cauliflower, cabbage are all in great supply and quality. Locally grown Sweet Corn coming from Gatton is also hitting shelves and is a great way to add sweetness to salads, pasta, rice, or try our Sweet Corn Ribs!

Eggplant is very good value at the moment from growers out of Sydney. Take this opportunity to make an Eggplant Lasagna this week or try Chef Tom Walton’s: Roast Eggplant Fattoush!

There are plenty of Asian Greens such as Bok choy, Pak choy and Choy sum coming from a combination of Queensland growers near the Redland Bay area on the outskirts of Brisbane and Victoria. Carrots and Cherry Truss Tomatoes coming from South Australia are also in good supply this week at your local fruit and veg shop.

For more seasonality and tips talk to your local fruit and veg shop, it’s ‘A better choice!

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