Asian veg­gies a best buy

Heat im­pacts on qual­ity

Central and North Burnett Times - - FENCE POST - Bris­bane Mar­kets pro­duce re­port, Jan­uary 18

IN THE veg­etable aisle, best buys are Asian veg­eta­bles, beet­root, cab­bage, cel­ery, egg­plant, zuc­chini, onions and pump­kin.

Beans and car­rots are strug­gling with qual­ity but are also value for money.

Cau­li­flower will cost you more as will Brussels sprouts, cap­sicum, fen­nel, leeks, parsnips, snow peas, heat af­fected sil­ver­beet, squash, mixed qual­ity sweet corn, mush­rooms, pota­toes and sweet pota­toes.

It’s the end of the Aus­tralian as­para­gus sea­son and im­ported stock is ex­pen­sive.

Broc­coli is also ex­pen­sive this week, suf­fer­ing from heat in the grow­ing re­gions and is ex­pected to con­tinue to fluc­tu­ate in price and qual­ity for some days.

Sal­ads are more ex­pen­sive with the heat af­fect­ing the qual­ity and pric­ing of let­tuce and toma­toes, along with a re­duc­tion in sup­ply of end of sea­son av­o­ca­dos mak­ing them costly.

Heat has also af­fected the qual­ity of herbs with co­rian­der, basil, dill and con­ti­nen­tal pars­ley strug­gling with qual­ity and sup­ply.

Spinach leaves are in short sup­ply but mixed leaf sal­ads are still rea­son­ably priced, as are cu­cum­bers and es­hal­lots.

The best fruit buys are figs, Ital­ian ki­wifruit, rock­melon, water­melon, pineap­ples, pas­sion­fruit, paw­paw and stone­fruit.

Man­goes are also rea­son­ably priced with the R2E2 va­ri­ety get­ting closer to end­ing its sea­son but Kens­ing­ton prides, ca­lypso and honey gold all plen­ti­ful and rea­son­ably priced.

Av­er­age qual­ity straw­ber­ries, good qual­ity rasp­ber­ries, blue­ber­ries, limes, USA grown navel or­anges, Va­len­cia or­anges, honey­dew and pears are avail­able but firmly priced.

Look for firmly priced de­li­cious, pink lady and granny smith ap­ple va­ri­eties for best eat­ing.

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