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Mt Druitt - St Mary's Standard (East) - - LIFESTYLE - with Nick Mo­raitis

IT’S a sum­mer favourite, a much-loved in­gre­di­ent for desserts and smooth­ies, but in Aus­tralia straw­ber­ries are also widely avail­able in win­ter.

De­spite the stormy weather con­di­tions, the straw­berry sea­son is com­ing into full swing in Queens­land and the in­creased avail­abil­ity is re­flected in prices com­ing down at the shops.

Straw­ber­ries nor­mally re­cover quite well from cooler tem­per­a­tures but they don’t like too much wet weather.

If you’re look­ing to buy straw­ber­ries, choose ones that have a lovely red­dish colour. Make sure the shoul­ders of the straw­berry (the part near the stalk) is not too white as that is a sign of im­ma­tu­rity and it won’t taste as ripe.

There are dif­fer­ent sea­sons for this fruit across Aus­tralia with Vic­to­ria, Western Aus­tralia, South Aus­tralia and Queens­land all hav­ing big straw­berry grow­ing ar­eas.

Nick Mo­raitis is the ex­ec­u­tive chair­man of fresh pro­duce en­ter­prise Primo Mo­raitis Fresh

STRAW­BER­RIES Cost: from $2-6 a pun­net

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