Brisbane Produce Report – 12 January 2023

As we roll into a bright new year, there is plenty on offer at your local fruit and veg shop! Summer has been producing a wide variety of delicious fruit and veg and we are seeing an extension of the season providing lots of great produce for you and your family this week!

Our pick of the week is Cherries. Juicy, sweet and full of antioxidants, cherries are at their best value for the season so make sure you enjoy these sweet little delights from New South Wales, Victoria and South Australia, for a bit longer! Pop them in your mouth and eat them just as they are for a delicious snack! Start the new year off with a summer fling with Cherries! Try these Duck Tacos with Cherry Salsa for a savoury twist!

Stonefruit season is at its peak, with a variety of delicious fruit on offer as the season moves south. Apricots, Peaches and Nectarines from Stanthorpe are in good supply and quality, perfect for your summer picnics or barbecues! After something to really impress your guests? These Prosciutto Wrapped Peaches are sure to be a crowd pleaser!

Pick up some Far North Queensland yellow Paw Paw from your local fruit and veg shop and celebrate the taste of summer. Paw Paw is delicious in salads, add to a fruit salad or just snack on alone. Need some inspiration on how to use Paw Paw this week? Whip up this Paw Paw and Melon Balls in a Grapefruit and Mint Juice for a refreshing summer drink to kickstart your day!

You can’t go wrong with Berries this week! Sweet and juicy Blueberries from Coffs Harbour, New South Wales are high in antioxidants and are a delicious snack to keep your brain moving throughout the day. Try making these Lemon & Blueberry Scones with the kids this week, we promise they’ll love them!

Also, this week, White Grapes are in good supply from St George. Grapes are the perfect summer snack, and are great to pack for picnics, lunches or weekend sport! Pop some Grapes into your basket this week and enjoy this fresh, seasonal fruit while it lasts! For an allergy free, healthy alternative, enjoy Grapes Pate Crispbreads.

Summer is the best season for all varieties of fresh, flavourful Tomatoes, from Gatton. Whether you are choosing from Heirloom, Roma, Grape or Truss varieties, you’re sure to find one you like to suit your cooking needs. Looking to level up the presentation of your next summer salad? Pick up some heirloom tomatoes, Greek yogurt, herbs and spices and make an amazing side dish of Charred Tomatoes with Yogurt to impress eyes and stomachs everywhere!

Handpicked Green Beans for Logan and Stanthorpe are in plentiful supply and perfect for eating now. Beans are a versatile vegetable, use in a stir-fry, coat in a light batter for tempura or simply steam and drizzle with olive oil and sauteed garlic.

After a no-fuss veg that packs in flavour and can be prepared in so many ways? Pick up some locally grown Brisbane Eggplant and make whatever your heart desires! Whether you are into vegetarian ‘Parmi’s’ or a home-made baba ghanoush, there’s an option for everyone with Eggplant. For a middle eastern inspired dish, try this Roast Eggplant Fattoush that will keep you coming back for seconds!

Crunchy, crispy Celery from Stanthorpe is in good supply and a good price in your local fruit and veg shop. Celery is a healthy green addition to any juice as it contains impressive amounts of vitamin C and K, as well as folate and potassium. Studies have shown that Celery has the ability to fight cancer and liver disease, and even cardiovascular health. For a spicy, tasty twist, try this Thai Celery Salad.

Don’t forget to add fresh herbs to your shopping basket this week! An essential burst of flavour, colour and freshness to any meal, herbs are in good supply and great quality, locally grown this week. Pick from a variety of fresh BasilRosemaryCorianderThyme and Mint to name a few and make your mid-week meal burst with flavour.

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