Best news of the week is the new season Gala apples in store. From Bilpin, only an hour’s drive from the Sydney CBD, this fruit is fantastic. Apples don’t do well with really hot weather and so this milder weather we are enjoying this week means the fruit couldn't be better. They are almost too cheap for this early in the season, the last time we were at this price so early was in February was in 2012, and before that 2010 ... fruit and veg prices the same as a decade ago!
New Season Williams pears are also underway this week. The old season Packhams are still fine and these early Williams do take a few days to ripen even out of the fridge in warm weather. All grapes are good, figs are plentiful, the stonefruit is still very good too, we are spoilt with too many options. Honey Golds are the best mango this week and there has been a huge increase in passionfruit numbers, look for specials particularly on nets over the next two weeks. We are seeing the first of the new season greenskin avocados from far north Queensland in the market this week. We don’t think they are quite right just yet but in a week or so, look for a big drop in the avocado price as this fruit comes to maturity, it’s a big crop up there.
We have some real bargains this week. Loose beetroot is a steal - versatile and delicious. Broccoli is quite dear but broccolini is quite inexpensive. Imported asparagus is oversupplied and very well priced. However, to me, the best buy of the week is our Dutch Cream potatoes. Grown locally they are a good keeping potato ideal for all uses, they make a great potato salad. At home, we smash them rather than mash them, then cook in duck fat with garlic and rosemary, a fantastic dish.
As we are now back in the school term, I would like to recommend a fabulous product for that lunch box to accompany the new season Gala - Snackables carrots. They are small packs of snackable carrots grown in Tasmania by the Harvest Moon company. It's a reasonably delicate product that needs to be kept in the fridge at our stores. We have 2 sized packets of the product and to me, they tick all the boxes, of what you want your child to take to school. The small pack is a mere $2, and that’s an incredible value.