A couple of my absolute favourite lines are falling in price this week. Firstly, we are starting to see good supplies of raspberries, however, this is still a bit hit or miss so some days they will be cheap and other days still not so cheap. Secondly, supplies of mature sweet Northern Territory mangoes are now in full swing. This year looks like another great year for mangoes!
Unfortunately, after the dramas of the last few weeks, a significant number of strawberry growers have chosen to plough their crops in rather than play Russian roulette with their livelihoods and so they are significantly dearer this week. However, both raspberries and blueberries are good and inexpensive and there are some good mulberries in our stores as well. Other lines to consider are papaya which is at its peak, the imported grapes falling in price and rockmelons and honeydews which are both cheaper than a week ago.
Spring is when vegetables are probably at their best. We still have some traditional winter vegetables such as leeks, caulies, spinach, fennel and broccolini which are all flushing as their time comes to an end, but it’s the new season crops that interest the consumers the most. First amongst these is new season Australian asparagus. The quality is perfect and the price extremely attractive.
Next for me are the new season snacking tomatoes. Sweet, delicious and cheap, that is, of course, the trifecta for both retailers and consumers. Artichokes, rhubarb, Dutch carrots and English spinach are also now at their best. Other lines to ease in price this week are celery, imperfect zucchini and baby cukes. All cucumbers are cheaper than a week ago. It’s a feast of fantastic product in our stores this week.