Leading the charge at Harris Farm this week are blueberries. All of them are great to eat and for me they are the number one breakfast food and just perfect for snacking on. Also very exciting this week is that Kensington Pride mangoes are now in store. A bit marked on the skin they are still great to eat and will improve every week. We start to move south to source avocados and so there will be fresh new fruit from Western Australia, Victoria and South Australia over the next few weeks. Navel oranges are perfect right now but strong export demand will see them finish up earlier than we would otherwise expect. Bananas are eating well and we have a very good line of imperfect Packham pears in store this week. For something different this week we have a very good line of Honeydew melons in store this week, far cheaper than they have been. As the date season draws to a close there will be bargains in store over the next few weeks as importers clear stock to make way for the new season arrivals.
As any home gardener will tell you the freshest tastiest vegetables are the new spring crops. As we discussed last week, asparagus is the number one of all these vegetables. Excellent weather in the growing regions continues and supply is increasing every day. So far the market has held fairly well but all the signs are there that a tsunami of asparagus is about to commence. Take advantage of it, for although we import asparagus when the local season runs out the taste difference is remarkable. My pick of the other spring vegetables include rhubarb (see my pick of the week), kale, spinach and English spinach. Good news for salad lovers too, we are seeing Lebanese cucumber and tomato supplies increasing too and doubtless prices will fall soon.