Planning the endless lunchbox ideas for back to school? The kids will love green seedless grapes which are fantastic eating at the moment. Apples, pears, lychees and dragon fruit are well-supplied and add a colourful element to cheese and grazing platers. In dragon fruit, look out for the sweet eating red variety coming in locally from up North.
Peaches and smooth fleshed nectarines, velvety apricots, sweet and juicy black plums, local bananas and limes are all in good supply and great eating this week. Juicy local watermelon and extra-large rockmelon are in consistent supply too, whereas both strawberries and blueberries are in short supply.
In veggies, Stanthorpe is producing many of our stand-outs this week such as broccoli, cauliflower, cabbage, silverbeet and wombok. After being in low supply for a while these vegies are picking up, as supplies are also arriving from Victoria just in time.
Bulk up your favourite summer salads with a range of leafy greens that are in good supply including spinach, kale, rocket, lettuce and local bok choy. Barbecues will benefit from plentiful supplies of tomatoes and corn from local farmers and Stanthorpe and Bundaberg regions, respectively.
Onions, sweet potatoes and pumpkins are all good options to stock up your pantry, ready for your next veggie roast. The best quality buys this week for vegetables are celery, green beans, eggplants, Lebanese cucumbers and zucchinis.
This week’s top pick is the king of fruit – pineapple. They are perfect for an Aussie Day barbecue served hot on a grilled burger, in summer drinks or juicy fruit salads. Choose pineapples that feel heavy for their size, have fresh-looking leaves and smell the bottom of the pineapple to gauge its level of sweetness. While pineapples are available all year round, its peak season is from January to July.