There are good supplies of Queensland grown orange sweet potato (also known as kumara) at your local greengrocer retailing at $2-$4 a kilo. Extremely nutritious sweet potato are a good source of vitamins A and C, and fibre which is essential for healthy digestion.
Brown onions are a thrifty buy at $1.50-$3 a kilo. Brown onions are less pungent than white onions and ideal for adding depth of flavour. Try our kumara & caramelised onion tortilla.
Fresh corn on the cob is succulent, naturally sweet and truly sumptuous eating experience. Late summer is the best time to enjoy corn. Delicious microwaved for 2 minutes per cob and served hot with herb butter, or add kernels to a salad to a savoury muffin. This week corn is retailing for 70C-$1 a cob, see your local greengrocer for multi-buy specials.
Tempt the family with roasted carrots, carrot juice, carrot cake and honey and sesame seed stir-fried carrots or add carrots to a healthy stir-fry. Quality Tasmania carrots are $1.50-$2.50 a kilo.
Glossy skinned and heavy for their size, eggplants are versatile and delicious. This delicious Japanese-style eggplant dish Miso & chilli-glazed roasted eggplant can be served as a side dish or accompanied with rice or soba noodles for a light meal. Eggplants are $3-$6 a kilo.
Crisp and fast to cook, vibrant-green Victorian grown snow peas are a thrifty buy at $6-$12 a kilo.
Telegraph cucumbers are the thriftiest buy at $1-$2 each.
Depending on size zucchinis are selling for $3-$6 a kilo. Add grated zucchini to pasta dishes, sauté sliced zucchinis with crushed garlic until tender or enjoy sliced zucchini cooked on the barbecue brushed with rosemary flavoured olive oil. Kids will love these cheesy zucchini and carrot ‘nuggets.
New-season olives have started to arrive. If you’re into preserving your olives from now until the end of April is the ideal time to cure or salt your olives.
Plump and tasty cherry tomatoes are to value at $2-$4 a punnet.
Versatile mushrooms can be combined with just about anything to produce a tasty, ‘quick & easy’ meal. Firm, mild buttons are excellent in pasta dishes and salads, while full flavoured jumbo flats are scrumptious grilled or barbecued. Mushrooms are $10-$12 a kilo depending on quality and size.
Dress up a simple salad, pizza topping or nashos with avocado. The Hass are well supplied and selling for $2-$4, depending on size and large Reed avocadoes are $3-$5 each. Team avocados with citrus, pepper flavoured baby rocket leaves and a drizzle of olive oil for a quick salad.
Its fabulous time to enjoy fresh limes. Australian grown limes are plentiful, juicy and tangy. Limes are $2-$5 a kilo.
Make the most of peaches and nectarines the quality and value is superb. Your local greengrocer has fruit for $3-$8 a kilo, depending on size and variety.
Bursting with freshness finger limes bring a zingy citrus flavour and a delightfully crisp texture to a dish. They work well in sweet and savoury dishes adding a zesty vibrancy to crustaceans, oysters, scallops, smoked eel, crème fraiche, yoghurt, vodka, gin, beer, sparkling wine, avocado, cucumber, asparagus, melons, papaya, stone fruit, mango, custard. In season for a short time, finger limes are $6 for 150gram (7-8).
With many varieties of late-season plums available, there are no limits to the delicious way to serve plums. $3-$10.
Riverina rockmelons are extra flavoursome. When selecting a rockmelon choice one with a pleasant aroma and feels heavy for its size. Once cut, store melons covered in the refrigerator. Rockmelons are selling for $3-$5 each.
Royal Gala apples are available from February through to August, they are a medium in size and the skin has a yellow base with red flushes. Royal galas apples are $3-$7 a kilo. To maintain apples crunchy texture, store them in the fridge.
Be sure to pick up figs, this week as the quality is excellent. Naturally sweet figs are delightful slice and served with muesli, add them to a salad or enjoy them grilled or baked. Figs team superbly with prosciutto, cream, blue cheeses, raspberries, cream, honey, rocket and nuts. Figs are $1-$3 each, depending on variety and size.
Naturally sweet Sultana grapes are a tasty treat. Golden in colour and round in shape these small seedless grapes are $4-$5 a kilo. If you fancy red/pink-skinned grapes look for crunch and flavoursome Ralli and Crimson seedless grapes retailing for $5-$8 a kilo.
Quality Queensland bananas are a $3-$4 a kilo. Whip up a scrumptious banana, lime and coconut cake.
Kiwiberries are the size of a large grape, green in colour and fuzz-free. When cut open, they look much like regular kiwifruit with emerald green colour and small black seeds arranged in a typical pattern. Their flavour is similar to kiwifruit; perhaps a bit sweeter, although sugar levels can vary. Kiwiberries are selling for $3-$4 a punnet.
Coming into season, custard apples, guava, fresh walnuts and almonds.