Greens on the up in price

Beans and broc­coli rise

Central and North Burnett Times - - LIFE | FENCE POST - — news.bris­bane mar­

WEATHER events in the har­vest re­gions are still hav­ing an ef­fect on the price of some fresh pro­duce, with plant­ing and har­vest­ing lim­ited by rains and un­usual tem­per­a­ture changes.

There are still plenty of qual­ity veg­eta­bles on of­fer at rea­son­able prices in­clud­ing Asian veg­eta­bles, beet­root, car­rot, cel­ery, egg­plant, leeks, snow peas, pump­kin and new sea­son onions.

Brus­sels sprouts don’t do well in rain or heat, are ex­pen­sive and in short sup­ply. New sea­son as­para­gus has also strug­gled with re­cent rains and is firm­ing in price while zuc­chi­nis are be­com­ing plen­ti­ful, and re­duc­ing in cost.

Ex­pect to pay top dol­lar for beans, broc­coli, cab­bage, fen­nel, sweet corn and pota­toes.

Cau­li­flower is rang­ing be­tween firm and ex­pen­sive prices, de­pend­ing on the qual­ity, while cap­sicum, parsnips, sil­ver­beet, squash, mush­rooms and sweet pota­toes are firmly priced.

Toma­toes are end­ing in one har­vest re­gion and start­ing in another so have firmed in price with the ex­cep­tion of cherry and grape toma­toes that should sell in pun­nets at much cheaper prices.

In the rest of the salad aisle, ex­pect to pay firm prices for av­o­ca­dos, let­tuce, any mixed salad leaf that has spinach in­cluded and es­hal­lots. Cu­cum­bers and herbs are still rea­son­ably priced. In the fruit aisle, the buys of the week in­clude ba­nanas, blue­ber­ries, va­len­cia or­anges, ki­wifruit, wa­ter­melon, hon­ey­dew, pears and paw­paw.

New sea­son man­goes are im­prov­ing in taste but are still firmly priced.

The first of the Aus­tralian stone­fruit is of mixed qual­ity.

Ex­pect to pay firm prices for ap­ples, straw­ber­ries, rasp­ber­ries, end of sea­son man­darins, navel or­anges, USA grown grapes, rock­melon and pineap­ples.

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