Papaya has really tumbled in price and the quality is great. The glut of winter strawberries and blueberries continues unabated. The price gap between our premium and standard product has reduced this week, I don’t really see now how one would go past the premium fruit. Last week I predicted that with the commencement of sea freight grapes, we would see cheaper prices. That has happened but unexpectedly they have not travelled well and the quality is poor. Be very wary of cheap grapes, at Harris Farm we will pay the extra for air freight rather than sell this product. However, the peaches from the US are fantastic. Bananas, avocados and blood oranges continue to be great value and this week we are throwing tangelos into the mix. As the better eating mandarins come to the end of their season, these are a really good option. Tangelos are always at their best in late August or September and are really cheap this week.
The best news this week on the vegetable front is superb premium quality eggplant, which has virtually halved in price from last week, and leeks which are also far cheaper than last week. Apart from that little has changed. Broccoli, broccolini, cauliflowers, peas and beans all remain excellent value. Corn has eased in price a little and nothing except for maybe Lebanese and other cucumbers are dear or scarce.