Papaya is the best news in fruit this week. Great eating and very reasonably priced, it’s normally dear in mid-Winter. The supply of avocados continues in full swing and there is a lot of very good large fruit available. Navel oranges continue to get sweeter as the season progresses and imperial mandarins (at this stage for me the only variety to buy) are still juicy and still reasonably priced. Apples and pears are very good, and all the berries are falling in price – it looks like a great winter for berries. Grab a nice yellow papaya at Harris Farm for a real taste treat.
We have a fantastic line of Dutch Cream potatoes in place of our regular brushed potatoes this week. Grown in north west Tasmania they are an excellent potato and great value. Some of the best potatoes in Australia are grown in Tassie, however, freight costs mean only a few get to mainland markets with most good growers focussing on the processing market or just supplying their Tasmanian customers. Broccolini is also great value this week. Other good value lines include eschallots (same ones as last week), red caps, mushrooms, beans, kumera, Dutch carrots and Imperfect parsnips.