Kensington pride mangoes from Katherine are in their peak of season this week, with strong volumes of good eating fruit arriving into the markets daily. For value shoppers the imperfects are also plentiful. The fruit is bearing the scars of what has been described as one of the windiest seasons in recent memory, but our imperfect KP’s have all the flavour of the premium fruit - and, at a fraction of the cost!
The Queensland seedless melon season is also in full swing. With the warm weather around, I recommend customers buy a whole melon and cash in on the savings. The melon is sweet and crunchy, and will last for days in the fridge if need be. Cherries have started to arrive in the markets, but the better eating varieties will start in the next few weeks.
In stone fruit, nectarines are eating better than peaches this week. Our imperfect nectarines are great value this week!
This week, the market is well supplied across baby broccoli, lettuce, leb cukes, telegraph cukes, Dutch carrots, spring onions, potatoes and corn. Still expensive are cauliflowers and beans. Plenty of loose corn on offer this week from the Burdekin region in Queensland, with quality and price both excellent.
This week, we have one of the best eating potatoes on promotion at a fraction of the regular price; new season Desiree potatoes! From Gatton in the Lockyer Valley region, Desiree potatoes are known for their versatility. They are a waxy variety which is firm and holds its shape, and is useful for roasting, to mashing, to scattering in salads.
Snacking tomatoes are still in abundance this week. Two snacking tomatoes we are promoting this week are petites and sampari. Petite tomatoes are like a really sweet over sized cherry tomato, while Sampari are basically a cherry truss tomato. For an eating experience to remember, try making a spaghetti sauce out of Sampari tomatoes – absolutely delightful!
North Coast Reed avocadoes are in season at the moment, and are great eating. Take note: Reed's are a larger avocado, with a skin that remains green when the fruit ripens. Reed avocadoes are rounder in shape than the Hass avocado. They have a strong, nutty and creamy flavour, different to that of the black skin Hass variety.