Berries are fantastic this week. As we have moved to Western Australia to source our strawberries, the price has become dearer than they have been, but they are very good again. Blueberries continue to be cheap and good. And, although not particularly cheap, the raspberry quality is excellent again. Papaya continues to be great value, and for something different this week the small rockmelons from far north Queensland are value and fantastic eating. Mangoes continue to be my favourite fruit at this time, and I think the Murcott mandarins are superb. We are about to start Western Australian avocadoes. In fact, some of our bigger fruit is from there now. Be very wary of the New Zealand avocados you will see interspersed with premium Australian fruit in the major supermarkets. My experience is that besides often being watery and tasteless, they are usually the first ones to go black inside.
Again, asparagus is the standout vegetable for the week. Great value, great price, delicious and fresh in our stores 7 days a week. Spring means the leafy vegetables come into their own and this week coriander, which is by far the most popular of all the herbs, is on special at all our stores. Look for bargains in green Shanghai buk choy and broccolini as well. Broad beans are at their absolute best as well. A stir fry combining asparagus, buk choy, broccolini and broad beans is very hard to beat! Red caps and eggplant have eased in price, and there is great value in those delicious little snacking tomatoes again this week.