We are now in full swing with Valencia oranges, which are picked fresh and sent to market. Any navels you may come across now will be stored fruit, they may be good or they may not. The Valencia’s of course have lots of seeds, that’s just how they are. Topless pineapples and bananas continue to be very well supplied and inexpensive. Stonefruit is interesting; heavy rains ruined many of the early cherries, however I have seen some very good 2kg boxes in our stores this week. Apricots are the best I have seen for this early in the season. Peaches and nectarines are being heavily promoted by the chain stores but in my view are not quite there yet, look to next week for bigger sweeter fruit. Our grapes are now all Australian however some other retailers still have imported fruit which like me are getting a bit long in the tooth. The apple season is virtually over, a few good pink Ladies still around but its time now to think about grapes, mangoes…
Again there is a multitude of fabulous vegetables available this week. All tomatoes are fabulous quality and inexpensive. My pick of the tomatoes this week are the cherry truss; superb flavour and half last week’s price. Mushrooms, Dutch carrots, Rhubarb and zucchini are all still inexpensive again. Baby broccoli, cauliflowers and broccoli are all great bargains this week. The choices are there and the growing conditions remain perfect. Enjoy the feast!