A few new lines have started this week. The old fashioned, traditional Red Delicious apple is one, it’s been a long time since I have seen better Dels than these. I saw some very good Golden Delicious apples in store also. So pretty much all the new season apples with the exception of Pink Ladys are now underway, and in our stores within a very few days of being picked. Another new line is Australian pomegranates. It is such a popular fruit now and the quality of our Australian product is superb.
Finally Buerre Bosc Pears are underway. Often they don’t eat so well early in their season, not so this year and the Imperfect Picks fruit is particularly tasty. Berries are tasty but tricky with none of the berries keeping all that well. Grapes are all good, however both natural sultanas and Thompson seedless are nearing the end of their season and the next few weeks is when we see red seedless grapes come into their own. We pick them later and they stay fresher for longer than the Thompsons. Figs continue to delight, our biggest drama at the moment is to do with road cuts in Northern Queensland disrupting our supply chain and creating artificial shortages in some products.
This week sees the market firming in lots of areas. However, the somewhat cooler weather means the quality of most lines is superb. Tomatoes is maybe the exception and at least the lesser quality lines are cheap and we would prefer to see more of the better lines on offer. So, few bargains in veg and nothing really too dear except maybe broccoli. At least what vegies you are buying will keep well.