The best story in fruit this week is the blueberry supply and quality. Excellent fruit, great prices, perfect weather now, it doesn’t get much better. We have a gap in the mango supply as we transition from the Darwin area down a couple of hundred kilometres to Katherine, where in my view the best mangoes of the year come from. They will hit the shops by this weekend, however the KP crop is fairly light this year so they won’t be cheap.
All our melons are fantastic. All from far North Queensland – rockmelon, honeydews, Spanish or seedless melon - they are all good. Imported grapes are coming to an end and the Aussie crop is only ten days away. Victorian strawberries are really good. The west Australian strawberries are still the majority of our supply, they have a long way to travel and just aren’t quite as good as the Vics. The other bargain this week is papaya. It’s at its best this week and very attractively priced.
The first burst of summer weather is perfectly timed with our salad lines. All cucumbers, most of the tomato category and iceberg lettuce all look set to fall in price towards the weekend. Lots of other bargains as well - mushrooms, especially cups, are way back in price after months of being very hard to source. Broccoli, broccolini and fennel are all very good and well-priced. Dutch carrots, cabbages and rhubarb are also well priced. Wander through the shop, you will be pleasantly surprised at the vegetable options.