My pick of the week is Josephine pears, they have a short season and ripen quickly but I think are the best eating pear right now. Apples continue to be great value and this week we have a couple of different lines. In the imperfect category, we have some very inexpensive Bonzas, a variety not seen often these days. We also have those delicious little Rockit apples, perfect for the school lunchbox. Mandarins and topless pineapples are both really good and from now going forward, our Ruby grapefruit will be Australian. Still time to do some quinces for a change.
We have an extraordinarily good quality, late season white grape from Western Australia in store this week. It’s dear, really dear, but fantastic to eat. It’s fresh off the trees for another week or so, whereas our standard bagged white grapes from the Riverina are all coming out of cool storage. I am certain the red and black grapes are a far better option than the bagged whites. Figs are pretty well finished, and the next three weeks will be the difficult time of the year for all berries, they will be dear and not great. Think about kiwi gold, topless pines, grapes and the last of our plums as an option to the berries. Three weeks from now berries will be back to normal.
Another excellent week for vegetables coming up. We have well priced 1kg bags of carrots from Tasmania and beans this week are a fantastic price and excellent quality. Corn has halved in price from last week and is eating superbly. Iceberg lettuce, fennel, Dutch carrots and broccolini all continue to be good value. As the nights get cooler, parsnips come into their own and I think our imperfect offer here is fabulous. Tomatoes are still very reasonable, and this week twin pack cos lettuce, spinach and English spinach are inexpensive and great quality.