My pick this week is the new season Williams pears. Sweet, juicy and inexpensive, that’s like winning the trifecta! Lots of other excellent options also. Those new season Galas remain as the only apple from this year and are the right size for the school lunch box.
For a delicious piece of stonefruit, the best eating, best value fruit is yellow nectarines. In plums those super sweet sugar plums are now at their peak. Super sweet and not huge in size, they are now possibly the most popular plum we grow in Australia and our export sales to Asia are massive. Another very popular plum that is just reaching harvest are the Tegan Blues, these will come into their own for the next fortnight.
Figs are great as are all melons. This week I think honeydews are the pick of the melon options. Finally, grapes are back in price and just about every variety is now on sale. Only the Thompson and Crimson seedless are not in our shops yet.
Not much improvement on last week. Dill and coriander, the softest of our bunch lines, are dying while we look at them. Don’t expect to store these for as long as you normally would.
On the positive side there is lots of good kale and corn still available. Cucumbers are well supplied as are mushrooms. The bean quality is excellent considering the temperature extremes that have occurred in the growing areas. Most dramatic of all has been the reduction in the price of red capsicums as the Australian crops start ramping up. Northern NSW and Southern Queensland are the source now and soon more Central Queensland farms will start again.
Other good news is the fall in the kumera price, we have real bargains in the larger product in our imperfect range and butternut as well, though here it is the smaller product that is cheap. Lettuce and cauliflowers are as dear as I can remember them being.