The festive season is just around the corner and there’s plenty of summer produce coming through the Brisbane Markets and into your local fruit and veg shop. So, find out what’s in season and great value this week so you can plan your holiday dinners and summer fruit snacks.
Our pick of the week is Rockmelon, which is great eating and coming in from everywhere! The North Queensland growing season has just finished sending the last batch to the Markets, we’re still in the middle of the Bundaberg season, and the New South Wales season has just started, so it’s hard not to find Rockmelon at great prices this week. For a wonderful summer salad, pick up some Watermelon which is also in great supply and try this Watermelon, Rockmelon and Goat’s Cheese Salad.
Summer is also stone fruit season with plenty of sweet, juicy fruit coming from Victoria. The stone fruit season started ten days early this year, with fruit getting sweeter and sweeter as we get further through the season. This means the holiday season is the perfect time to be eating stone fruit! For the best fruit look for Apricots which are fantastic eating, White Peaches are exceptional quality, and Yellow Nectarines are the perfect combination of good eating and good value.
Pineapples are another summer fruit that’s great value this week. Grown in North Queensland, Pineapples are golden and juicy right now, making for a wonderfully refreshing snack on a hot day. For an especially refreshing treat, cool down with this Pineapple Mint Smoothie.
For bite sized fruit snacks, Blueberries are good eating and in good supply from Coffs Harbour. A great source of vitamin C and dietary fibre, Blueberries are a delicious snack on the go, add colour and flavour to cake and muffin recipes, and can even be made into a dip for other fruits with this Blueberry and Lemon Cheesecake Dip recipe.
There’s an abundance of Cherry Tomatoes from Bundaberg, just in time for holiday entertaining as you add them to salads and cheese boards. For a wonderfully textured salad, try making this Cherry Tomato and Cous Cous Salad.
If you’re looking for something locally grown for your Christmas feast, you can’t go past Sweet Corn from the Lockyer Valley. There’s a great supply of this versatile veg, keeping the price down for a few weeks now. There are so many different uses and ways to cook Corn, but the classic Corn on the Cob is so satisfying beside a roast.
Baby Broccoli from Victoria and Stanthorpe is in good supply and another great addition for big family meals. For a healthy, hearty side dish full of green veg goodness, try these Marinated Lentils with Baby Broccoli and Feta.
Button Mushrooms coming from South Australia and Victoria are good eating and a steady price. Because the growing conditions for Mushrooms are so controlled, they are one of the few produce items that don’t vary in availability due to season or weather conditions. You can always count on Mushrooms to be available, and to taste delicious in recipes like Sauteed Mushroom on Toast.
Brown Onions from the Lockyer Valley are great value this week. While they are often a staple of Christmas stuffing recipes, Onions are also useful for simple entertaining recipes, such as this home made French Onion Dip.
Also from the Lockyer Valley and Bundaberg, there are plenty of Butternut Pumpkin and Kent Pumpkin available. These affordable gourds go naturally with Christmas roasts, but if you have fussy eating kids, even they will love this creamy yet healthy Pumpkin Mac and Cheese.
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