MANY people do not realise that most fruit and vegetables cannot be stored for a long time. This is why the price of fresh produce varies depending on growing and weather conditions.
Some customers think that growers are able to store their product in a bid to drive up prices but this is untrue. Fruit is dying from the time it is picked. There are just a few exceptions such as apples which are placed in a controlled atmosphere so they can be available all year round.
However, for most fruit and vegetables the produce has to be sent to the markets straight away. Across the board vegetables remain pricey because of the rainy weather.
But broccoli is an exception, it is in bulk supply and a good buy. Choose a good piece of broccoli by its colour; it should be a beautiful dark green. I love broccoli boiled with a bit of olive oil and lemon. It’s also lovely to eat with olive oil and vinegar.
BROCCOLI Cost: $4.90/kg