Tuesday, 4th March 2014
The fruit I’m going to recommend this week is honeydew melon. I am very cautious doing this as I think they are only really fantastic to eat for a very short time of the year which is right now. There are both yellow and white honeydews, but this year there does not seem to be as many yellows as we have seen in previous years. They love hot weather and so the flavour right now is fantastic. In regards to picking a good honeydew - I see people shaking them, tapping them etc. These actions are irrelevant. Much more relevant is where they come from and what time of the year – and you will have to trust our judgement at Harris Farm on this – it’s right now! Plums and grapes remain the pick of the stone fruit and Tegan Blue is the plum of the week again. Some very good black grapes are now available – Black Americas . Note that this is the variety, not where the grape is grown.
Vegies are in reasonable supply with the exception of most of our washed potatoes (red and white varieties) other than standard brushed potatoes. This is the after effect of the hot weather in South Australia which did great damage at the time. All pumpkins remain very good value as do kumera and carrots. Lettuce is easing in price.
Don’t forget to enjoy those honeydew melons!
Out of all the melons, Honeydew Melon loves the hot weather the most and the hotter the weather the more flavour this melon has. Coming from the irrigation area and into South Australia, the recent hot weather has resulted in fantastic tasting melons.
Available with both white and yellow flesh throughout the year, they’re particularly excellent eating during March. You’ll find the white flesh variety at very good prices in stores this week.
How to pick
Follow your nose – a ripe honeydew melon should smell sweet and fragrant.
How to store
Store uncut melon at room temperature. Once cut store covered in the fridge for 2-3 days.
Apples (Galas, Jonathan’s, Delicious & Granny Smith’s), bananas, red grapes (Flame seedless & Crimson), Thompson white seedless grapes, mangosteens,William’s pears, plums (Teagan Blues & October Suns), Australian pomegranates, and raspberries.
Asian greens, avocados (Hass & Shepard), beans, beetroot, red capsicum , cucumbers, eggplant, lettuce, onions, potatoes, pumpkin, sweet potato, English spinach, sweet corn, silverbeet and tomatoes.