Asian veggies a best buy
Heat impacts on quality
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.