The Volumes of peaches both white and yellow show no sign of easing with only minimal quantities going to the export markets. There is an abundance of good stone fruit in the markets. This week we are promoting white peaches.
Lemons are expensive at the moment as we transition into the Australian season – limes are a good option, and far better value this week. There is still plenty of good Riverina rockmelons available; fruit is running on the large size this year, however eating quality is fantastic. Dragon fruit from Queensland is in great supply this week. There are substantial plantings of dragon in Australia fruit now to meet the ever growing popularity of the fruit. Dragon fruit is high in nutrients and its health call outs are becoming more accepted.
Palmer mangoes are the freshly picked mango now in stores. From Dimbulah in North Queensland, the Palmer is a fantastic eating mango and much underrated. The recent rains have provided the impetus for fig crops come to life with Sydney basin and Victoria regions both providing descent volumes into the markets. I suspect there will be some good opportunities in the coming days. Raspberries are starting to ease in price. With the Autumn crops gearing up we should see prices ease back over the coming days.
Broccoli from Tasmania is a stand out in veg this week. With the inclement weather on the mainland in recent weeks the quality of broccoli coming out of Tasmania is unsurpassed. On special in all stores, Tassie broccoli a no brainer for this week’s shopping list. Celery, zucchini, fennel, Dutch carrots and corn are all well supplied, however leafy green vegetables and herbs continue to be a challenging.
Lebanese cucumbers are feeling the effects of the recent heat, with South Australian Telegraph cucumbers a good alternative. Tele cukes are in good supply and great value this week and quality is considerably better than other cucumber varieties. The asparagus in our stores currently is Australian. It is more expensive than the imported products the competition is promoting, but the difference in quality and flavour is considerable.