Sum­mer bring­ing colours

Fruit ar­rives at mar­ket

Central and North Burnett Times - - LIFE -

THERE is an abun­dance of colour at the Bris­bane Pro­duce Mar­ket as early sum­mer fruits are ar­riv­ing on the trad­ing floor be­side qual­ity veg­eta­bles, with some favourites firmly priced.

The most plen­ti­ful and best value veg­eta­bles in­clude qual­ity as­para­gus, beet­root, broc­coli, cab­bage, car­rots, cel­ery, eg­g­plant, leeks, Asian veg­eta­bles, mush­rooms and pump­kin.

Ex­pect to pay firm prices for top qual­ity beans, brus­sels sprouts, green cap­sicums, cau­li­flower, fen­nel, onions, parsnips, pota­toes, snow peas, sweet corn, sweet pota­toes and zuc­chini.

The best sil­ver­beet, small sized squash and red cap­sicums are ex­pen­sive.

When choos­ing a cap­sicum, some­times called a sweet pep­per, look for ones that are firm, with glossy, un­wrin­kled skin. Avoid dull looking cap­sicum with soft spots or blem­ishes.

The warmer weather is ex­cel­lent for sal­ads with con­ti­nen­tal cu­cum­bers and es­hal­lots the best buys.

Es­hal­lots are also known as spring onions, scal­lions and green onions but will wilt eas­ily so cut off the ends and keep them in an air­tight con­tainer in the fridge.

Ex­pect to pay rea­son­able prices for let­tuce, mixed leaf salad and herbs this week.

Av­o­ca­dos from West­ern Aus­tralian have ar­rived, with the ad­di­tional sup­plies re­duc­ing the price of the high de­mand east­ern Aus­tralian and New Zealand fruits.

Ex­pect to pay firm prices for toma­toes and le­banese cu­cum­bers.

The best buys in the fruit aisle in­clude ba­nanas, blue­ber­ries, limes, va­len­cia or­anges, ki­wifruit and paw­paw.

Pal­lets of stone­fruit are on of­fer with peaches and nec­tarines still firmly priced but im­prov­ing in taste as the sum­mer ap­proaches. — http://news.bris­bane mar­

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