One of my absolute favourites starts this week. It’s the new season Queensland strawberries, not cheap but just great to eat. The cold weather finished off all the old southern crops and so there is now only Queensland and a few tasteless Western Australian berries - they are cheap but no self-respecting retailer would have anything to do with them this early in the season. Dates are popular whilst Ramadam is on is, it’s the choice of food to break the fast with in this culture, and it's well-priced at our stores.
The fantastic run of Hass avocados continues. Aussie Navels are starting to eat very well. The Californian cherry crop which has just started is down by seventy percent compared to last year, so even though they are good to eat there will be no joy in that product this season. Topless pineapples are beautiful and sweet and are at their peak now, they make a great change to the breakfast bowl as we wait for the berry price to ease back. For a left of field pick try a Feijoa from New Zealand, very similar to our guavas, the kiwis absolutely love them. Red grapes are still excellent and custard apples and large rockmelons are both good eating and great value this week.
The two best value offers this week are shallots and fennel. Both are very flexible vegies that can be used in a salad or to cook with. The quality is superb and the price is very attractive. Loose beetroot, spinach, celery, cabbage and Chinese cabbage all continue to be as cheap or cheaper than last week. For a potato, it's hard to beat the kestrels and imperfect kumera is still very inexpensive.