As mentioned in the pick of the week, this will be the best week or two of the season for Northern Territory mangoes as we wind up Darwin and move to Katherine, further south, for our fruit. Great news, great fruit. In berries we are seeing fruit cheap enough and good to eat but suffering from too much rain, be it the blueberries from the Coffs Harbour area where they had 300 mls a week or so ago or the strawberries from both Western Australia and Victoria where both areas had severe storms over the last week. My strong recommendation is that you only buy berries either on the day or one day before you intend to eat them, they just won’t keep.
Bananas are getting cheaper as is often the case at this time of the year. Seedless melon is really good quality and reasonably priced. Two things I discussed last week have turned out to be absolute winners. The Josephine pears are gorgeous to eat and those new mangoes the Lady Janes were a real winner. You do have to eat them absolutely ripe, when you think they are ripe wait another day or two. Plenty more Josephine pears this week, however, the Lady Janes will be gone by the weekend, the good news is there will be double the amount next year. On the downside avocado prices seem to know no limit, they get dearer every week. What price they will reach for Christmas and before then is anyone’s guess.
Lots more new season corn this week, it’s around half the price it was last week. I love a cob of corn on the barbeque this time of the year. Beans are still very difficult but we have those delightful continental beans this week which are cheaper than our other beans. I love to prepare them in olive oil and crushed garlic. Another absolute bargain this week will be imperfect kumera, it is also half last week’s price. Those Kipfler potatoes we had on special a couple of weeks ago are continuing to delight our customers, I think they are a particularly tasty potato.
Some of the speciality tomatoes, especially medley mix and Kumatos are quite cheap. It’s not a vegetable but not a fruit either but Valencia oranges are really arriving in quantity and full of juice so we are able to reduce the price of our fresh squeezed, no additive juice. It’s fresh every day and a truly fantastic product, a great way to start your day. A bottle will keep for 4 or 5 days at this time of the year.