What’s fresh

Mt Druitt - St Mary's Standard (East) - - LIFESTYLE - with Nick Mo­raitis Nick Mo­raitis is the ex­ec­u­tive chairman of fresh pro­duce en­ter­prise Primo Mo­raitis Fresh.

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

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