Brisbane Produce Report – 23 June 2023

If you’re looking to save on your weekly grocery bill, your local fruit and veg shop is the perfect place to start. A better choice! stores hand pick their produce from the Brisbane Markets at Rocklea, which comes from thousands of Australian farms. With several growing regions producing an abundance of supply at present, there are some amazing savings to be made this week on popular fruit and staple vegetables.

Our pick of the week is Brown Onions, which are in abundance from South Australia and incredibly cheap this week. Often thought of as a seasoning vegetable for soups and stews, Onions are a good source of vitamin C and can decrease the risk of diabetes and heart disease. Make Onions the hero of your next dish with recipes like French Onion Dip or even an Onion Tart.

Gold Sweet Potato from Bundaberg are also well priced at the moment and in great supply. As well as providing a third of your daily Magnesium requirement, Sweet Potatoes are much lower in starch compared to regular Potatoes. For a winter afternoon tea, try this Sweet Potato and Cinnamon Bread recipe.

Also coming in from Bundaberg, Snow Peas are growing well, are incredibly tasty, are high in dietary fibre and a good source of protein, vitamins B, B2, B3, C and folic acid. When selecting Snow Peas, look for young, tender pods with a bright green colour and store them in an airtight plastic bag in the crisper section of your refrigerator.

Mushrooms are growing well in farms throughout the Scenic Rim, with Button, Flat and Swiss Brown varieties available at good prices. The fibre, potassium and vitamin C in mushrooms may contribute to cardiovascular health, so why not try this hearty Beef and Mushroom Blended Meatloaf with Caramelised Onion recipe.

Also known as Chinese Cabbage, Wombok is growing well in the Lockyer Valley. The green leaves of this plant can have a slightly peppery taste while the thick ribs are sweet and juicy. Versatile and full of vitamins A and C, Wombok can be used shredded on burgers or sandwiches, cut up in coleslaw, boiled in soups and casseroles, thrown in a stir fry or as an ingredient in dumplings.

Cauliflower, Broccoli and Cabbage are still growing very well in the Lockyer Valley and are in the prime of their harvest season. So, make sure you take full advantage of the very low prices this week on these winter staples.

There’s a good harvest of Choko also coming from North Queensland. This fruit, also known as a vegetable pear, is an excellent source of dietary fibre and can be added to your favourite winter soups or casseroles. It also lasts longer when stored in an airtight plastic bag in the refrigerator.

Both Pineapple and Seedless Watermelon supply from North Queensland is going well, with affordable prices for these vitamin C rich fruits. If the weather is too cold to eat these juicy fruits as is, they can be cooked! Try your hand at Pan-Fried Pineapple or Prawns and Grilled Watermelon with Feta

South Australian Quince is in peak winter supply at your local fruit and veg shop. Related to the Apple and Pear, Quince embraces the warming flavours of winter with strong, vanilla aromas, and though quite tart when eaten raw, it is a delicious baked treat. Try these Oven Poached Quinces and serve with ice cream for a dessert the whole family will love.

Mandarins are also a mainstay of winter harvest, coming from North Queensland, Marlborough and Gayndah. While the supply is starting to slow, there are still plenty coming in, keeping the price down on these sweet, healthy snacks. Eat them as is, or turn them into something decadent with this Salted Chocolate Mandarin Tart.

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