The flood of superb mangoes and berries continues unabated. I have been handling Darwin mangoes for over 30 years and I doubt I have ever seen better quality fruit. No rain is perfect for them. This week we have R2E2s, as well as our KPs. Soon other mangoes will be available but these are the best at this stage. For something different this week, we have a very good line of large Spanish melons. Certainly cheaper than rockmelon or honeydews they are, when picked correctly, a truly delicious melon. The melons we have this week are large and inexpensive. Still plenty of avocados, however bananas are a little dearer. A well-priced option here this week are the Lady Finger bananas. Those who understand them (they need to be dead ripe to enjoy) think they are the best banana available. I share that view. Raspberries and blueberries are very cheap this week. Both are excellent quality and excellent value.
Lots of good vegetable options this week. It’s a mixed bag. Some of the tomatoes and Lebanese cucumbers have eased again to make the salad category very attractive. These include truss tomatoes, medley mix and yellow snacking tomatoes. All top quality and all cheaper than last week. Broad beans are still cheap, these early season beans are by far the best for ease of peeling and flavour. If broad beans are your thing, start now, they get a bit tough later in the season. Asparagus continues to be my favourite and probably the most popular of the spring vegies. Broccoli, broccolini, celery, Dutch carrots, leeks, kale, spinach and English spinach are all fantastic value this week. Virtually all vegies are reasonably priced with the possible exception of red capsicums. It’s a great time of the year for quality vegetables.