Strawberry Update: As per the NSW Food Authority advice, we recommend all strawberries be cut and washed before eating as a precautionary measure in light of recent events. These incidences of sabotage are extremely troubling for our industry, and in particular for our hardworking Australian strawberry growers. We urge you to continue to enjoy strawberries – you’ll not only be getting well-priced and great-eating fruit, but supporting these guys when they need it most.
Some excellent weather on the North coast of NSW (Coffs Harbour) has seen a rush of blueberries in the markets. Crunchy and sweet blueberries are a stand out in the berry category this week. There are plenty of good eating topless pineapples from South Queensland this week. Most of our stores are selling the extra-large fruit and the value should be hard to go past. We are experiencing another good flush of papaya coming from far north Queensland this week. It is fantastic eating and the quality is excellent. If you’re looking for something a little different, I would recommend giving this underrated fruit a try. Kensington Pride mangoes from Darwin are still arriving in strong numbers. Currently, we are seeing a lot of scratchy fruit in the marketplace. This fruit, whilst having a few markings is excellent eating and great value, making our imperfect offer difficult to walk past. Expect to see tray sale mango prices gradually ease over the coming weeks and this week we have started our TPP’s which are also a fantastic mango. The good eating R2E2 mangoes are only a week away.
Spring has brought many crops forward. The market is very well supplied across a broad number of lines including broccoli, broccolini, cauliflower, eggplant, celery, tomatoes, zucchini and beans. The local Sydney basin produce is starting to gain momentum. Coriander, basil, Dutch carrots, Asian vegetables, bunches of beetroot, rhubarb, spinach, English spinach and shallots are all looking great. There are extra volumes of snacking tomatoes in the markets this week. In particular, sweet delights and yellow snacking tomatoes are really strong in supply.