Summer has now well and truly arrived. In stonefruit, it is still mangoes from the Northern territory that are grabbing all the attention, as I mentioned in the pick of the week segment, this is definitely the week to grab a tray at ten years ago prices. After this week better fruit will start to firm in price. In berries the best buy this week is raspberries without doubt. Strawberries are not so good and blueberries are difficult as we move down south to source the best fruit. It’s still very good but a bit dearer than they have been. Valencia oranges are underway again, not as sweet as navels but to me they make a far better juice than navels. This week we will only have them in 3kg nets, case sale and as Imperfect Picks, but by next week or even by the weekend they will be available on the stack as well. It is looking like an outstanding season coming up if this early fruit is any indication. As usual the early peaches and nectarines are somewhat mixed in quality. To me the white nectarines are the best to eat of all and not surprisingly the dearest. In peaches the large yellows are the best to eat. The smaller yellows are also good but only available this week as a prepack line. Our cherries are big solid and dear but great to eat! Apricots and lychees are getting underway as well. By next week it will all be in full swing.
Vegetable prices seem dearer than normal for this time of the year. However there are a few good options especially around salad items. Tomatoes are well supplied this week. The yellow snacking tomatoes which are probably the sweetest of the lot are a bargain. Also this week we are starting our local glasshouse egg tomatoes. To me these are superior in flavour and appearance to the truss tomatoes, well worth a try - compare the flavour yourself. Telegraph cucumbers are also well priced to complement that salad. Eggplant and shallots have eased in price and cauliflowers and broccolini are both good value.