Good news this week is that Harris Farm has the first batch of new apples for the season. As always, it’s the Gala variety; a beautiful, crisp, sweet apple. Most of ours are from the Bilpin region northwest of Sydney. This fruit is way more mature, and hence better eating than Victorian fruit will be over the next fortnight. I noticed the two major chains are both selling old season apples at a cheap price; it's likely they are a year old. I wonder what the equivalent in human years would be?
Other excellent fruit this week includes white peaches; great quality and value. White grapes are now eating superbly and the better eating plums are now underway. With these, one of my favourites are the Queen Garnet variety, still a bit pricy. Another excellent plum is the Amber Jewel, starting to come right back in price. In berries, raspberries would be my pick, and for mangoes, we have those wonderful Foley specials from The Bundaberg region; they are here and gone in the next ten days or so!
There has been a shift in prices this week, with yellow caps, Jap pumpkin and cauliflowers being far cheaper than last week. Other good news is that there has been a significant drop in tomato prices, with the gourmets and Imperfects coming back to be more in line with the price of truss tomatoes. Snake beans, kūmara and Imperfect kūmara all continue to be excellent value!