Blood oranges are now in season. Blood oranges are becoming an increasingly popular fruit known for their deep dark red flesh. They're very juicy and sweet and less acidic than other orange varieties.
In the berry category this week strawberries are still excellent quality but a little lighter in supply due to the colder weather conditions in south-east Queensland. The highlight in the berry category is blueberries which are increasing in supply and eating very well. Primarily coming from the north coast of NSW, expect to see blueberries gradually ease over the next few weeks. There is a good volume of passionfruit in the market with the smaller sized fruit representing good value.
The cold weather conditions have had an impact on some vegetable lines, however, there are still plenty of good opportunities on offer this week. Fresh herbs (particularly basil, chives and dill), kale, zucchini, spinach, Lebanese cucumbers, eggplant and Dutch carrots are all showing the effects of the cold conditions.
There is better news with snow peas, broccoli, cauliflowers, machine-picked beans and corn all being plentiful. Corn has been expensive in recent weeks but has eased back in price considerably as the Bowen season in far North Queensland kicks into gear. The gold sweet variety of corn which we are currently selling is the best eating corn of the season.
Red and green capsicums keep rolling in and leeks are well supplied in the markets. The leeks are very good quality and are primarily from the Sydney basin. With the cold conditions we’re experiencing, the old-fashioned potato and leek soup is the perfect way to warm up!