Brisbane Produce Report – 22 December 2022

With Christmas just around the corner, and more summer days on the way, we’re hitting the peak of festive fruits from this season as well as great quality veggies to keep you healthy throughout this warmer weather!

Our pick of the week this week is Nectarines from Victoria. Packed with flavour and full of health benefits, Nectarines are high in antioxidants, vitamins and minerals, and can help reduce the risk of heart disease, cancer, and diabetes. Eat them on their own for a delicious snack, or indulge in these  White Poached Nectarines with Sweetened Mint Cream and Toasted Hazelnuts.

Mangoes from North Queensland are in abundance and full of flavour. Mangoes are a summer star, so be sure to grab some now to add some classic Aussie flavours to your Christmas! Mangoes are perfect for both sweet dishes, like our Mango Ice-Cream Tart or savoury dishes, like our Chicken and Mango Bowl.

Cherries from New South Wales and Victoria will make the perfect addition to your Christmas table this week. Impress the family with this Cherry Ripe Parfait and show off your skills with this produce which is great to eat all summer long!

Lychees from North Queensland are in steady supply and full of flavour this week. Juicy and sweet, Lychees make for a perfect summer snack and will give you a boost in vitamin C and fibre! Store them in the fridge to enjoy all week long or peel them and freeze to enjoy for months to come!

Blueberries and Strawberries from Victoria and South Australia are plentiful and in great flavour this week. Top off your classic Aussie Summer Pavlova with these seasonal specialities, or try this delicious Berry Punch! Berries are packed with antioxidants and plenty of vitamins to keep your body nourished throughout the festive season.

Bananas from North Queensland are in excellent supply and the perfect addition to your trolley this week. Full of carbohydrates, protein, vitamin A, iron, and phosphorus, try adding this super fruit to your Christmas morning with our Simple Caramelised Banana French Toast!

Be sure to keep your vegetable intake up with a wide variety of in-season veg this Christmas! Zucchinis from Gatton and Bundaberg are in good supply and are perfect for both salads and savoury recipes. Corn from Gatton is also well priced this week. Why not pick up both from your local fruit and veg shop and try our Corn and Zucchini Salad as a tasty and healthy addition that ticks the nice list!

Washed Potatoes from South Australia are in good supply and excellent quality this week. What’s Christmas without one version or another of cooked Potato? Indulge in these Hasselback Potatoes, or try making a Potato Salad that may rival even your Mum’s secret recipe.

Salad greens are an essential offering at Christmas time and help to keep your veggie intake up while still tasting delicious! Rocket and Baby Spinach from Victoria are thriving this week and in excellent supply – find a great variety available at your local fruit and veg shop this summer!

Pumpkins from Mareeba, Lockyer Valley and everywhere in between are in excellent supply and great value this week. Pumpkins are low in carbohydrates, have no saturated fats or cholesterol, and are packed with vitamin A, making them a perfect addition to your table this Christmas. Try our Avocado and Pumpkin Salad for a delicious side or add chicken to make a healthy meal.

Ginger from Sunshine Coast and North Queensland is excellent quality and in good supply this week. Ginger is a fragrant and hot spice, widely used in both sweet and savoury creations, like our delicious Grilled Pacific Prawns with Lime Ginger Marinade! Ginger can be made into candied ginger, ginger wine, or used in your gingerbread man recipe to help celebrate the season.

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