We are really moving into Autumn this week, peaches (particularly yellow varieties) and nectarines are now virtually over. So, it’s plums, grapes, apples and pears for the fruit bowl. Firstly plums, they are all pretty good. Tegan Blues, Black Kats and September Candys are all good, personally I would pick the September Candys this week. In apples, we have a really good offer on small Jonathon apples that would be perfect for the school lunch box. With grapes, again, I think it’s time to move to the red varieties. Fuyu fruit are getting cheaper and in green pears, the new season Packhams will take a while to ripen, so buy a few days ahead and leave them out of the fridge. Seedless melon has really come good and bananas are cheaper again this week. Papaya is still good value and kiwi fruit will be all Australian for the next couple of months. Unusually for April, strawberries are eating well and the Autumn raspberries are really good.
Our onion special for top quality, new season South Australian brown onions is an absolute cracker. The other big drop this week is Brussels sprouts, they are really good value and excellent quality. There are bargains to be had in imperfect kumera, fennel, eggplant and cauliflower. I am seeing promising signs that red caps and celery will finally ease back. Over the next couple of weeks, we will see some very cheap stock of imported garlic on sale as importers who overcommitted try to quit their stock, prior to the flood of Aussie product now hitting our shelves. It’s still quite good, not as good as the Aussie product and won’t last that long, but if you use it quickly it will do the job.