Storms and wet weather across much of the Australian East Coast have impacted on supplies of many fruits and vegetables this week.
Best buys in fruit include avocados, yellow and red pawpaw, and many varieties of pear: Packham, Josephine, Beurre Bosc, and Corella from Victoria.
Just as they were coming into season, the nectarine crop from Kumbia was damaged by hail, so stocks are low and prices are high. However, we encourage you to support local growers and buy nectarines because the quality is still excellent.
Lime and passionfruit are both expensive this week.
The quality and price of Cavendish bananas is also variable, largely due to a lack of rain during planting season. We recommend Lady Finger as an alternative.
Bundaberg and the Northern Rivers regions have been hit particularly hard by the heavy rainfall, affecting local crops including potato, sweet potato, shallots, silverbeet, and spinach.
Capsicums and mushrooms are also in short supply.
The good news? Asparagus is enjoying a bumper season, with an abundance of stock arriving from Victoria. Cucumber prices are coming down this week, and we’re also seeing a good supply of local zucchini, snow peas and sugar snaps.
Expect tomatoes to increase in price as the weather warms up. Gourmet tomatoes from Roma are good quality, as are cherry tomatoes from Bundaberg, but supplies are short. With the Bowen growing season coming to an end, the size of these tomatoes will also decrease.
This week’s top pick is avocado, which is great quality and abundant with plenty of stock arriving from New Zealand and Western Australia. To test for ripeness, gently press the top of the avocado; also look for a purplish black colour. Store unripe avocados at room temperature, or to speed up the process, place avocados in a brown paper bag with an apple or banana for two to three days. Up the ante on your avo on toast by adding roasted cherry tomatoes, fetta, and basil, or fried chorizo and poached egg.
You can buy the best of what the season has to offer at your nearest Your Local Fruit Shop. Go to www.yourlocalfruitshop.com.au to locate your closest store. Check out the Your Local Fruit Shop Facebook page for the latest news from your local fresh produce experts at https://www.facebook.com/yourlocalfruitshop
Brisbane Produce Report