Fifteen years ago I traded a corporate career for life on the river. Close enough to Melbourne to get a quick City fix, plus a great community with excellent coffee and four healthy active boys to keep me entertained, I've never regretted the change.
Published January 18th 2014
Is this the best fruit shop in Victoria?
The Chirnside Park Fruit Market lifts this regional centre above the average suburban shopping mall, simply by providing attractive, quality fruit and vegetables at great prices.
It is a fruit lovers heaven, with a range of fresh produce so beautifully laid out and so reasonably priced that you will go home with more than you came for.
Many of the items stocked are seasonal specialities, such as Achachas from Queensland, mangos for every purpose and a vast range of pears, some you may never have seen before. We make a point of taking one new item home to try each visit.
A selection of authentic ingredients for many cuisine styles
This is the place to come if you are searching for authentic ingredients for a special dish. Along with a great range of fresh produce, there is also dry and tinned goods from all over the world and especially South East Asia.
If the air seems a little ripe, it's just the Durian in the corner
The vegetables are laid out to be just as tempting as the fruit, and as most of the produce is sold by weight, you can try just one or two of each variety. Who ever knew there were so many types of eggplant?
Our favourites, the pink Dragon Fruit and the tasty Achacha
With the food court chairs and tables just outside the door, there's no need to wait until you get home to sample your fresh produce. There are well-kept toilets just around the corner to wash sticky hands and chins before heading home with the rest of your fruity booty.
I agree with Mjerl that it would be great if there were ideas given as to how to use the fruit and veg we're not familiar with. I love the huge range. It's definitely my favourite shop at CP! My only complaint, which also extends to their store at Knox, is the difficulty in getting around since the aisles (if you can call them that) are narrow and the checkout layout can be exasperating.
There is a great selection and something for everyone, even nuts and other "health food". Only sometimes I don't really know what I would/could use it for since I have never seen or tasted it before. It would be good if they could provide some tasting or notes what it is.