Rockmelons, limes and Reed avocados are the best deals this week. Limes are as cheap as I have seen them for the last few years and as discussed last week, are a fantastic option to imported American lemons. This hot, hot weather is perfect for growing the best eating rockmelons of the year and they are fantastic and cheap.
Reed avocados are to me the best eating, best value avocados in late January and early February every year. As with the limes and lemons the reeds are the Australian option, nearly all the Hass are now coming from New Zealand. The first of the really good eating plums are around this week, Amber Jewels from Forbes. They are a blotchy funny colour but really sensational to eat, and half the price of last week.
Other very good value is to be found in topless sweet pineapples, all grapes and peaches and nectarines. With this hot weather, it is amazing that seedless watermelon remains very reasonably priced and very good value. This Australia day I will be eating a reed avocado with king prawns (Australian of course) with vinaigrette dressing or possibly just lemon juice and olive oil, can’t wait.
Again it’s not so exciting with vegetables. There is enough of everything but no real bargains. The Tasmanian summer has been very good compared to the last few years and we are told there is lots of great vegetables about to get underway from there, in fact the beans
we have received this week have been excellent and well-priced. New Zealand continues to supply us with excellent tomatoes
and this week the yellow snacking tomatoes
are a bargain. Baby fennel
all remain good buying. Perhaps the bargain of the week though is our imperfect purple sweet potato
. I had it with a shoulder of lamb at a son’s house in Bondi last night, it’s just so good to eat and at around 40% or less in price compared to the premium product, I don’t think you can go past it.