As the warmer weather arrives, so too does new season stone fruit. Peaches and nectarines are fast easing in price and we now have some reasonable (not great) eating cherries as well. Every week this fruit will get better and better to eat. Papaya continues to be very cheap and very good. Limes have eased in price and now represent better value than lemons. This is the time of the year that bananas ease in price even though the quality improves; this year is no exception. We are experiencing lots of out of stocks with our berries as transport is experiencing problems through bushfire affected regions - hopefully back to normal by the weekend. In mangoes R2E2's are the value proposition. Not to everyone's taste, these are the first of the Queensland mangoes for the season. Our KP's are now from Katherine and excellent quality, although a little dearer than they have been; to me they are the best eating mangoes we have.
Spring tomatoes are still great value. Medley mix is my pick this week in a 400 gram punnet. They have the flavour profile of snacking tomatoes, but are priced very close to standard tomatoes – great taste and great value. And of course, the Truss Tomatoes remain very cheap also. Cucumbers, broccolini, and mushrooms also continue to be inexpensive. Lots of well-priced Imperfect kumera in the stores this week, and all stores have very good value washed potatoes as well.