This week summer berries, cherries and peaches and nectarines are all fantastic. I would make one very large proviso on the berries, the vast majority of our strawberries at this time come from Victoria and a few from Queensland, Tasmania and South Australia. All of these areas have had humid weather and storms and the berries, although eating well, just won’t keep. In fact, I strongly recommend for the next few weeks you only buy strawberries to use on the same day or at most the next day. Blueberries, raspberries, blackberries and boysenberries are all a much safer option. Both the blueberries and raspberries are very well priced this week. Fig and plum numbers are both picking up and the fruit of both are getting to their best. All melons are on the improve, particularly seedless watermelon. Papaya, nets of passionfruit and white peaches all eating very well and good value this week. However, to me the standout fruit of the week is Tasmanian and a few late area mainland cherries. Anything with size will be expensive but they will really eat.
Luckily fruit is in good supply as this is definitely not the case with veg. Massive storms and some very hot days are disrupting the supply chain. Most veg are either harder to source this week or of poor quality. As always there are some exceptions. Tuscan cabbage, all types of eggplant and kale are all well supplied. Baby fennel, an essential ingredient in every salad in the Harris household remains inexpensive. Broccolini, cauliflowers and Telegraph cucumbers are well supplied. Local tomatoes are poor quality but our New Zealand fruit is still excellent as are Ox Hearts (my favourite) and most of the snacking tomatoes remain readily available. We will get by, but not an easy week.