IN FRUIT:Strawberries continue to arrive into the markets in good numbers, with dry conditions in the growing areas producing some high quality eating fruit. Blueberries from the North Coast are also ramping up in volumes, where cooler nights have made their quality and value exceptional. Papaya numbers did drop for a while, but we are now seeing volumes in the markets steadily increasing, placing pressure on prices. Avocado volumes continue to be strong, and the quality is excellent. Whilst last week’s weather wasn’t conducive to avocado consumption, the warmer temperatures forecast for this week put avocadoes back on the menu. The well documented drought in the Riverina has meant that the blood orange crop is running particularly small this year. Large fruit is still commanding a premium price, however there is an opportunity with this smaller sized fruit to juice. We are in the middle of the too-short blood orange season, which means that fruit production is at its peak. The quality is fantastic for the produce coming from the beautiful area of Leeton and Griffith. Cold nights have made the fruit acquire a deep crimson colour, and a spectacular zingy raspberry-like taste. We have squeezed blood oranges every morning so that you can try for yourself excellence of the South Riverina region in a more casual and affordable way, so make sure to look out for our blood orange Morning Juice, and to this week buy with confidence, as the fruit in store is amazing eating!
The windy cold blast up and down the East Coast of Australia over the weekend has impacted on the supply of vegetables mainly from the Sydney basin and down South in Victoria. In particular the quality of the leafy vegetables have suffered, with the leaves suffering cold burn. Whilst the cool conditions did affect Queensland, the impact was nowhere near as great. Bowen in North Queensland, which is generally seen as the food bowl of Australia at this time of year, is still producing reasonable quantities of quality produce. Loose corn, tomatoes, zucchini and red caps are all flowing in from Bowen.
Sweet corn has been expensive for a while but this week, the corn market has nearly halved. A majority of the corn is the gold sweet variety which is fantastic eating. Time to put corn back on the shopping list! Red capsicums are also in strong supply in this week. Numbers have been building up for a few days now, and the quality is great. An extremely versatile vegetable, I enjoy red capsicums stuffed with beef mince, cooked rice, tomato puree, cheese, chili, garlic salt and pepper. In the tomato category, gourmet tomatoes are the stand out. Many of the other tomato varieties did suffer from the cold conditions last week, but the moderate temperatures up North have produced some nice quality tomatoes.