IN THE past, Australians bought pumpkins for cooking and eating. But we’ve jumped on the Halloween bandwagon from the US and started carving them into decorations.
Grown in Queensland specially for the occasion, Halloween pumpkins have been available in NSW for about the past five years. These pumpkins are stern and round. They are generally not considered edible. However, Halloween pumpkins are the perfect shape to carve eyes and a mouth for trick or treaters.
In other market news, tomatoes and locally grown lettuce are good buying — great for making salads as the weather warms up.
Mangoes from Queensland and the Northern Territory are also starting to appear at the shops. The Kensington Pride variety of mango is considered one of the best to eat.
Stone fruit will start to appear at the shops in the next couple of weeks.