Crops suf­fer­ing in heat

Weather im­pacts prices

Central and North Burnett Times - - LIFE - Bris­bane Mar­kets

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.

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