Hickson mandarins from Gayndah and Mundubbera in Queensland are in good supply this week. Hickson are a great eating mandarin but you must be careful not to start them too early. Early fruit can often be “tart” in flavour. This is why we have waited until this week because the fruit maturity is spot on. Hass avocados continue to be eating well and in good supply. The imperfect avocados we have been promoting are excellent value with the imperfection being some wind rub on the skin the fruit. The internals of the fruit are perfect. Navel oranges, kiwi fruit, seedless watermelon and bananas are all great and well supplied. The US cherries have been a revelation this year. In particular the Washington state fruit we are currently enjoying is nothing short of magnificent, however the US season is nearly at and end so this week will be one of the last opportunities to get a taste of summer.
Persistent rain events up north continue to disrupt supply lines. The issue is there is not so much damage to crops but physically not being able to harvest due to the rain, over saturated paddocks and road closures. As a result tomatoes, beans, corn, potatoes, snow peas, squash, capsicums, zucchini, pumpkin, leeks and celery are all tight in supply. My suspicion is that we will see a quick turnaround as soon as the skies clear. Better news on the vegetable front is that broccoli, cauliflowers, kale, fennel, kumera, beetroot and spinach are all good value.