It’s berries and more berries this week. They are fantastic quality, beautiful eating and a great price, especially the blueberries and strawberries! No rain, cold nights and warm days are the perfect combination for great fruit. We do really need the rain for the summer, but right now the absence of rain is producing fantastic fruit. The blood oranges are now at their best, but running a little smaller than normal and the navels are as sweet and good as they get. All of our avocados are from South East Queensland and Northern NSW, and this is when the flavour is at its best and the fruit is of absolutely superb quality! One of the major chains appears to be stuck with central Qld fruit which is way past its time, and cutting terribly. Beware cheap fruit: it’s like buying a lottery ticket, and almost guaranteed to disappoint! Apples, pears and other citrus lines are all good quality and value, and the better mangoes, though still quite dear, are now underway. I love those Northern Territory mangoes!!
Still lots of really good value veg available this week. Iceberg lettuce, fennel, leeks and broccoli head the list. We are seeing good supplies of new season Australian asparagus from Darwin (which we hope will become a major supplier and replace imports in June and July by next year) right down to Victoria. Take advantage of the leeks and fennel while they are cheap and good, both tend to go to seed in the next few weeks. Imperfect zucchini, Imperfect kumera and regular kumera are also well priced. Potatoes, cucumbers, cherry tomatoes, Dutch carrots, ginger and garlic help complete the vegetable offer this week!