Crops suffering in heat
Weather impacts prices
AUSTRALIA’S unrelenting heat in the growing regions can expect to have continued impact on the price of fresh produce for some time although there is still plenty of variety for those looking for quality.
The best buys are good quality Asian vegetables, carrots, celery, zucchini, onions and both sweet corn and sweet potatoe that have reduced to reasonable prices.
Pumpkin is also value for money with the exception of the nutty flavoured but firmly priced kent variety that is recognisable by its grey/green skinned, mottled with yellow and brown patches.
Expect to pay firm prices for asparagus, beans, beetroot, broccoli, cabbage, capsicum, eggplant, fennel, leeks, parsnips, snow peas, silverbeet and squash. Potatoes are still firming in price and will cost more in the days to come.
The most expensive vegetables on the dinner table are brussels sprouts, cauliflower and mushrooms.
In the salad aisle, the tomatoes have risen to expensive prices and command top dollar, as do avocados and lettuce.
Eshallots are firm but the other salad items such as mixed salad leaves, cucumber and all herbs are still value for money.
In the fruit section, look for limes, grapes, Italian kiwifruit, all melons, pineapples and plums for the best taste and price.
Gala apples are now in season and pink ladies are finishing, keeping the price of apples firm.
You will also pay firm prices for bananas, raspberries, blueberries, lemons, figs, end of season mangoes, peaches, nectarines and New Zealand apricots.
If you feel like an orange, then you can choose from firmly priced Egyptian or expensive USA offerings, with Egyptian mandarins also on the shelves at a firm price.