Brisbane Produce Report

11 July

The many and varied health benefits of fresh fruit and vegetables are well-known and the freshest seasonal produce is to be found in your local independent fruit and veg shop who are connected to thousands of local growers through the Brisbane Markets.

The pick of the Markets this week is Rockmelon from North Queensland which is in great supply. These sweet, juicy flavour bombs aren’t just delicious, but are a great source of nutrients including potassium, vitamins B and C and dietary fibre. When choosing Rockmelon look for fruit that feels heavy for its size and use your nose – a ripe Rockmelon has a sweet, slightly musky aroma. Avoid fruit that is damaged or has a broken rind and refrigerate once cut. Rockmelon is a versatile ingredient found in desserts, salads and antipasti like these Rockmelon and Prosciutto Skewers.                                                                                                                                                            Other Melon varieties including Honeydew from Bowen and Watermelon from the Northern Territory are also plentiful. There are high quality Paw Paw from Innisfail and Mareeba in tropical North Queensland coming through the Markets at the moment, but supply is expected to tighten as the weather gets cooler.

The Honey Murcott Mandarins from Gayndah and Mundubbera have well and truly arrived and are great eating and well-priced. Navel Oranges from Victoria, NSW and the Burnett region of Queensland are abundant. Everyone knows citrus fruits (Mandarins, Lemons, Oranges, Limes, Grapefruit and Pomelo) are high in vitamin C, but that’s just the beginning of their health-enhancing properties. Bioactive citrus flavonoids stop the replication of viruses including Influenza, absorb and neutralise cancer-causing free radicals and reduce inflammation. For a meal that is as healthy as it is delicious, it’s hard to beat this Fresh Citrus Salad with Seared Scallops.

Gala, Fuji, and Red Delicious Apples out of Stanthorpe and Victoria are in good supply as are Pineapples and Strawberries from the Sunshine Coast. Bring them all together with a dollop of ice cream to create Pineapple Fruit Boats.

Supplies of leafy veg out of the Lockyer Valley are bouncing back from recent rains and cold weather. Zucchini and Eggplant from the Burnett region and Tomatoes and Capsicums from the Bowen Gumlu region are all very well supplied at the moment. Cucumbers, both continental and Lebanese, are plentiful this week, and being more than 95% water, are a tasty way to hydrate as in this Cucumber, Watermelon and Basil Cooler.

Shop where you see the A Better Choice! logo confident that your local fruit and veg shop is sourcing the freshest, highest quality seasonal produce from the Brisbane Markets.

About Brisbane Markets

As Queensland’s only central fruit and vegetable market, the Brisbane Markets is the state’s most important centre for the marketing and distribution of fresh fruit and vegetables. It records an annual trade of over 700 million kilograms of produce valued at more than $2 billion.

An important economic and employment hub, more than 4,500 people work or do business at the markets each day through over 170 businesses. This includes over 50 wholesalers who receive fresh produce from over 7,000 growers and trade five days a week to more than 800 registered buyers.

Your local A better choice! fruit and veg shop hand picks their produce from the Brisbane Markets at Rocklea, which comes from thousands of Australian farms. Why not call in and see your local fruit and veg shop for the best quality, choice, freshness, and service available!

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