Brisbane Produce Report – 12 January 2024

It’s a new year and if you resolved to start eating more fresh, Australian grown fruit and vegetables, your local fruit and veg shop will be your new best friend. We’re seeing delicious summer fruits coming from the best growing regions, through the Brisbane Markets, and on to your plate. 

Our pick of the week is Passionfruit, coming out of Northern New South Wales and Far North Queensland. An excellent source of dietary fibre, vitamin C, A and B3, Passionfruit can be eaten fresh out of the shell, added to fruit salads, ice-creams and other desserts, used to add flavour to drinks and even added to meals, such as these Breakfast Crepes with Papaya and Passionfruit Glaze.

Summer is the perfect time of the year for Stone Fruit and you will find plenty of options with juicy Peaches and Nectarines from Victoria, as well as sweet, succulent Plums coming out of Stanthorpe, Victoria and South Australia. Bring them together with this delicious Plum and Peach Bruschetta recipe.

Another summer favourite, North Queensland Mangoes are plentiful and full of sweet flavour. Pick up some Limes which are also growing well in North Queensland and try this sweet and zesty Lime Chicken with Mango Salsa.

Lychees from Far North Queensland are still in good supply, making for a healthy snack on the go. This little round shaped fruit is sweet yet tangy and a good source of vitamin C and dietary fibre. Lychees work in salads, desserts and cocktails. They can also be stored in the freezer to add a cool drop of flavour to your drink on a hot day.

Although heavy rain has been hitting vegetable growing regions in Queensland and Victoria, affecting price and supply, the Brisbane Markets source vegetables from growing regions throughout Australia, ensuring your local fruit and veg shop can provide produce at affordable prices.

You’ll find plenty of Eggplant from South Australia and the Lockyer Valley, available at great prices. There are several health benefits attributed to Eggplant, including bone health, improved memory and lower blood pressure. But healthy doesn’t have to be bland, so why not try these Stuffed Eggplant Fritters for a fun weekend treat.

Lebanese Cucumbers from the Lockyer Valley are also well priced this week. Although Lebanese Cucumbers taste a little sweeter than Continental Cucumbers, you can use them in much the same way. If you’re entertaining, this Lamb and Mushroom Meatballs with Feta Sauce and Cucumber Salad is sure to be a hit.

Bundaberg grown Capsicum are affordably priced and versatile enough to be used in a wide range of dishes. Whether you’re adding Green Capsicum to your salad, frying up a Capsicum and Basil Frittata, making a Capsicum Dip, cooking a Creamy Capsicum Pasta, or even mixing things up with Chargrilled Mango and Capsicum Skewers, Capsicum can do just about anything.

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