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Brisbane Market Report 125
Just as bitterly cold temperatures might cause us to long for spring, many produce lines are also protesting, with slower growth rates meaning reduced supplies. In fruit, banana production has slowed due to cold weather and prices will rise accordingly. Expect banana skins to go black more quickly due to dehydration and burn from the cold. Raspberries are in short supply and will be hard to find, while Granny Smith apples and smaller sized pre-packed apples are also becoming more expensive. Good buys this week include honeydew melon, lemons, limes, oranges, passionfruit, wint..
Brisbane Market Report 124
Boonah is one of the stand-out growing regions this week, supplying an abundance of vegetables including beetroot, cabbage, kale, and silverbeet to the Brisbane Produce Market. In fruit, citrus continue to enjoy a great season, with strong supplies of Mareeba-gown limes, tangelos, Victorian-grown Imperial mandarins, and Queensland-grown ruby grapefruit. Other market favourites this week include honeydew and rockmelons from Gumlu, red papaya from Dimbulah, all varieties of pears, and local pineapple. Local strawberries are a consistent performer in the cooler weather. Raspberry ..
Brisbane Market Report 123
With glorious winter growing conditions, the local vegetable season is in full swing and this means fantastic quality and prices across much of our produce this week. In fruit, stand-outs include Bundaberg-grown passionfruit, Queensland pomegranates, all pear varieties, local strawberries and cumquats. New Zealand-grown kiwi fruit is also in in good supply and makes excellent eating. In citrus, look for lemons from the southern states and different varieties of mandarins including Daisy, Taylor Lee, Hickson, Murcott, Amigo, and Red Imperial — it’s slightly sweeter than..
Brisbane Market Report 122
Cold temperatures across the country are having an impact on the amount of produce arriving at the Brisbane Produce Market this week. While quality remains high, prices of some fruits and vegetables are tightening as a result. In fruit, we’ve got good supplies of avocados, pear, pineapple, and one of our current winter highlights, the Navel orange. Blueberries are great quality, and the Caboolture-grown strawberries continue to thrive in Queensland’s dry conditions. Paw paw from North Queensland makes a nice addition to your winter breakfast, although supplies are low...
Brisbane Market Report 121
With the combination of cool weather, shorter days, and school holidays, now’s a great time to be in the kitchen near a warm stove serving up classic winter recipes. With new season apples being released from growers’ storage, apple pies and crumbles should be on the menu. Be prepared for higher prices though, with apple production down 30% on last year. Snack on pineapple, watermelon, and rockmelon, as well as early season strawberries — one of the best local performers. Blueberries from New South Wales are starting to return to the shelves. New Zealand grown..
Brisbane Market Report 120
Growing conditions are slowing in Queensland this week, so local supply of vegetables to the Brisbane Produce Market have eased. But there’s still plenty of good eating and buying from around the country, including an abundance of that Aussie favourite, the Hass avocado. After an avo drought at the beginning of the year, the market is now flooded with them — time to serve up liberal amounts of toasted avo. We’re big fans of strawberries from the Sunshine Coast and their quality and price are difficult to beat. In other fruit, kiwi, lemons, limes, pears, Navel ora..
Brisbane Market Report 119
With the cooler weather comes our appetite for comfort food, so we’re savouring many of our childhood favourites at the Brisbane Produce Market this week. Apples and pears are in-season and calling out for a crumble topping: Fuji and Pink Lady varieties are the best buys, along with Packham and Josephine pears. Don’t be put off by the Packham if it’s not changing colour, as it remains green even when it’s ripe. Many Queenslanders grew up with a custard apple tree in their backyard, and this unusual fruit (which is actually nothing like an apple) is plentiful a..
Brisbane Market Report 118
We may not have managed to conquer the Blues in Origin on Wednesday night, but Queensland produce is definitely taking over the Brisbane Produce Market this week. Local strawberries are the recent break-out star and offer unbeatable value. Hass avocados are also abundant, and we have a good supply of Queensland-grown oranges, lemons, pineapple, rockmelon, and watermelon. It’s currently peak time for Packham, Corella and Nashi pears, so we’re dreaming about warming desserts like poached pears or tarte tatin. For a fruity snack, we can’t go past the New Zealand-..
Brisbane Market Report 117
We’re overwhelmed with local produce this week, as the Gatton and Lockyer regions enter their peak season and Queensland overall becomes the major supplier of fruits and vegetables. In fruits, Gala and Pink Lady are the pick of the apples, while rockmelons continue to be great buying both in terms of price and quality. Local lemons and all varieties of pears are in good supply, and there’s a huge volume of Hass avocados arriving from Bundaberg. One of our early winter highlights is the emergence of Sunshine Coast strawberries — you’ll notice plenty of them arr..
Brisbane Market Report 116
Once again, ideal growing conditions in south-east Queensland mean local produce is flooding into the Brisbane Produce Market this week. With the weather cooling, we can’t think of anything better than fruit pies, tarts, and crumbles. Thankfully, apples are at their peak and all varieties are readily available. Corella and Packham pears are also in great supply, but for something different try the medium-sized Josephine variety which is known for its rich flavour. For snacks, you can’t beat oranges which are fantastic quality at the moment. Imperial mandarins are st..
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