continue to be the largest selling fruit line we have. As June comes around of course winter berries
become the main focus. Unfortunately, the couple of weeks (right now) before they start are really difficult. We had excellent blueberries from Far North Queensland last week but they copped a heap of rain and probably won’t be back in full swing until the weekend, strawberries are a disaster. Until you see Queensland on our strawberry tickets I wouldn’t bother.
Crimson seedless and black grapes are both very good, Kiwi Gold is superb and we are starting to see a substantial fall in seedless watermelon, particularly the smaller melons which can be dodgy at times but what we have in store this week is eating really well. We are going to wait one more week to start Australian navel oranges on our stacks, the imported fruit is eating really well still, probably the best it’s been all season. Apple sales continue to be strong, the massive number of varieties is I think somewhat confusing. Rockmelons and honeydews are about as dear as they get, best leave them go in my view. So not a lot of good news in the fruit category this week.
Best news this week is the price drop with cauliflowers. They are real feast or famine product. The famines over and now for the feast! Excellent value are Lebanese cucumbers, English spinach, coriander (by far the most popular herb) and various of the pumpkins.
Through the roof are beans but if you have not tried the local continental beans please do. One third the price of our traditional French beans, try them with crushed garlic and olive oil, they are fantastic fresh and mostly grown within 50 kilometres of Sydney. As massive corporates dominate the tomato growing with highly mechanised glasshouse production a lot of the smaller players have transitioned their winter crop to these delicious beans to survive. Whilst the weather remains so mild, English spinach is the pick of the bunch line vegetables. Brown onions are still cheap, very cheap. Good mushrooms are hard to buy.