Brisbane Produce Report – 1 March 2024

Autumn is here, and we are already starting to see some shifts in the produce lines coming through the Brisbane Markets and into your local fruit and veg shop. Find out what’s coming into season, what’s great eating and good value for your shop this week.

Dragon Fruit is pick of the week, with the season now in full swing and plenty of this exotic fruit coming in from growers across South East Queensland. With vibrant pink skin and white or red flesh speckled with black seeds, this visually stunning fruit has a sweet flavour that can be enjoyed as is, in smoothies, salads or desserts.

While Gala Apples have been available for a few weeks now, the Granny Smith season has picked up with Stanthorpe and Victorian grown fruit readily available and of great value. Sweeten up your lunchtime salad with this Sweet Potato and Apple Salad recipe.

We’re excited to see the first Custard Apples of the season making their way from Bundaberg through the Markets and into your local fruit and veg shop. With a creamy texture and sweet flavour reminiscent of vanilla custard, Custard Apples can be eaten on their own or used in desserts, smoothies, and ice creams for a tropical twist.

Fresh Figs are in good supply and value from Gatton and Inglewood. To select ripe Figs, look for sweet-smelling fruit that gives a little when pressed and is generally soft.

If you’re feeling adventurous, why not try Longan? This small, sweet, tropical fruit grown in North Queensland is also known as “dragon eye” due to its shape. It has translucent flesh and a flavour similar to Lychee, and who doesn’t love Lychee?

If you like a little spice in your meals, there’s a full range of Chilli varieties coming from Bundaberg and Victoria at affordable prices. We’re talking Bird’s Eye, Long Red and Green, Jalapeno and Habanero Chillis. Add a little or a lot to this Lemon Chilli Fish Parcels dish.

For a budget friendly addition to your salads, you can’t go past Continental Cucumbers this week. Coming from the Lockyer Valley and New South Wales, Cucumbers are perfect for salads, sandwiches and pickling.

Zucchini is also well priced this week, with a good supply coming from Bundaberg and Victoria. Whether grilled, roasted, or sautéed, Zucchini adds a nutritious element to your meals.

Also from Bundaberg, Gold Sweet Potatoes are great value, rich in flavour and packed with nutrients. They can be incredibly versatile in the kitchen, used as a vegetable side or even as an ingredient in recipes like these Sweet Potato Blondies.

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