Fruit and vegetables going cheap as Queensland’s warm winter causes bumper crops – Australia News

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August 30, 2017 08:05:59

If there was ever a time to eat your greens, it’s now, with a fruit and vegetable oversupply causing prices to plummet.

Crops have been thriving in this year’s unseasonably warm Queensland winter, pushing them to mature faster and earlier than usual; a stark contrast to six months ago, when stock was low in the wake of Cyclone Debbie.

Ipswich grocer Tracey Castellana said prices had fallen by more than 50 per cent.

“A lot of the vegetables, the prices were through the roof and the customers were very unhappy about it, but now it seems to be a flood in the market,” she said.

“Cauliflower, zucchini, lettuce, tomatoes, they’ve all come down to $2.99, $3.99 a kilo, depending on which ones you’re going for — we’ve got some for 99c a kilo.”

Lockyer Valley food ambassador and celebrity chef Alastair McLeod said it was a great time for families on a budget to take advantage.

Mr McLeod suggested roasting the vegetables as a way to condense them and help them last longer.

“At this time of the year it could be potatoes, parsnips, turnips, carrots … even radishes love being roasted, ” he said.

Alastair McLeod’s vegetable tips

  • Cut them into even sized pieces, toss…

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