Produce Report – May 2014

Before you next embark upon your weekly produce stock-up, check out the below overview of fruit and veg currently making the news.


  • Avocadoes (hass) are down in price1, as are the wholesale prices of smoothleaf pineapple and seedless watermelon2
    Interesting fact: The large avocado seed used to be eaten, and spread, by large mammals about 65.5 million years ago, and its survival today is the result of human cultivation3.
  • Queensland strawberries are excellent – there are loads around and they have great flavor
  • Also known as Winter Nellis pear, honey pares are a small to medium sized fruit with a matt skin and some russetting. Not the most pretty of the pear group, however they are tasty and an ideal size for those with smaller hands! They’ve started coming into season, so keep an eye out for them
  • Beware Pines, Slippery Jacks and white ghosts are average quality
  • Feijoia is here – a native of Brazil, feijoia’s are delicious as well as being an excellent source of Vitamin C, are low in calories and high in minerals and fibre
  • Globe Artichokes – this member of the thistle family is ensconced in the world’s cuisine & available from May to October. They are plentiful at the moment, so why not put them on the menu?

Looking for some easy ways to serve and enjoy feijoas? Here are some ideas for your next meal incorporating the delicious fruit4:

  • Cut in half, scoop and eat
  • Halve, scoop out pulp, sprinkle with lemon juice, brown sugar, and chill
  • Add the juice of an orange and chill
  • Slice and add to fruit salads
  • Use in place of other fruit in ice-cream, sorbets, sherbets and smoothies
  • Combine with preserved or crystallised ginger
  • Feijoas make delicious blended juices, particularly with orange or apples
  • Feijoas are excellent with pork, roasted or in casseroles
  • Three or four feijoas add interest to stews
  • Slice thickly, sprinkle with lemon juice and serve with curry
  • Cut lengthways and fry with onions, bacon or steak
  • Feijoas freeze well. Peel and place in a plastic bag
  • Feijoas can be bottled and make excellent jam, chutney and wines


  • Broccoli is improving, but it’s still high
  • Beans
  • Eggs – due to a supply shortage
  • Lemons
  • Zucchini

Download the full Murdoch Produce Report here

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