There is a real flush of blackberries available this week. It’s the end of the Coffs Harbour crop and this has crossed over with Victorian crops. The Tassie fruit is just around the corner, but this mainland fruit is just fantastic eating, enjoy a bargain in our stores this week.
The mango flush also shows no sign of slowing up as more areas and more varieties get underway. This week sees Honey Golds, one of my favourite mangoes, starting. They will be the great majority of our imperfect picks this week and will be available on our premium stacks by the weekend. For a cheaper mango the large R2E2s are great value, and of course we have plenty of Katherine KPs as well.
At last, Central Queensland grapes from the Emerald area are also in full swing and this will mean better quality and great eating grapes - though I think they will get better again next week. We are now seeing some better eating stone fruit as well. Both peaches and nectarines are now in the market. Some are definitely rain affected and our guys are flat out testing and tasting every brand to pick the best available for our shops.
Again, by next week there will be really good fruit available in the stores. The lychees, though dear, are eating well.
New season Kestrel potatoes are in our shops again and the price is half what it was last week. This weekend, all the NSW stores will have a red hot special on radish again. Both Dutch carrots and shallots are still inexpensive, as is basil, and cucumbers are also cheap right now. Some of the really superb eating tomatoes will be on special - at least one variety in every store this week. I think the loose heirloom tomatoes at around a third their regular price is very hard to beat, and the same with the cherry tomatoes on the truss.