New season royal gala apples are in all stores this week. The fruit comes from Shepparton in Victoria, and is hard, crunchy and a little tart. New season William pears are also in all store this week; a sweet, thin skinned pear that is best eaten when golden yellow. Excessive windy conditions has impacted the pear crop. The fruit will bear the scars of the wind but the eating quality will be every bit as good as premium line – just at a fraction of the price.
There is a plethora of good eating peaches and nectarines in the markets this week. Both yellow and white varieties are excellent eating, as it should at this time of the year. Volumes of Pineapples in the markets are also still strong this week. In plums, this week’s two special mentions are sugar plums and Queen Garnets. Sugar plums are an old fashioned plum also known as a prunes plum. The fruit comes from Young - typically more famous for its cherries - but it has a climate which is also conducive to producing fantastic eating plums. Queen garnets, a red flesh plum which is high in antioxidants are in stores this week. Health benefits of this fruit have been well documented. Queen garnets are gaining popularity every year, coming out of the growing regions of Young in South West NSW and Shepparton in Victoria.
Tasmanian cherries are still in reasonable supply in the markets and the fruit is still hard and crunchy. Please be wary as while there may be sufficient cherries this week, I doubt there will be enough to get through next week. Don’t miss the last opportunities to enjoy Australian cherries!
Vegetables this week are showing the effects of excessive temperatures late last week, with extreme conditions in many of the growing areas. This is not uncommon for this time of the year, and to get the best outcome I recommend you keep vegetable purchases (particularly green leafy veg) as close as possible to the day of intended use.
Snackable carrots are worth a try this week. Coming from Tasmania which has had more moderate conditions, snackable carrots are delectably sweet and make the perfect healthy snack. They are also the perfect size for kids lunch boxes.