The market in fruit this week is well supplied in papaya, Kensington pride mangoes and R2E2 mangoes. White nectarines are easing in price and supply is far better than peaches at this stage of the season. Fruit lines disrupted by rain include blueberries, pineapples, citrus, figs, passionfruit, rockmelon and seedless melon. Blueberries from the North Coast in particular Coffs Harbour have had extended periods of heavy rain and unfortunately, the fruit is showing the effects of the wet weather. The Victorian strawberry season has started, so the quality and supply of strawberries is on the improve. Best of all Victoria has not experienced the deluge that other parts have.
Reed avocados are now available in store. A green skin avocado, our Reeds are coming from Victoria at present and have a strong distinct flavour which have proven to be very popular with our customers over the years. We don’t range the Queensland Reed as they are harvested way too early, making them virtually tasteless. The southern Reeds which we get from now until January are fantastic and I thoroughly recommend them. Still a great week for mangoes this week. Darwin fruit is eating as good as ever. There is some Katherine fruit now in the markets however it is nowhere near as good to eat as the Darwin fruit. Darwin R2E2’s are strong in supply this week and are very reasonably priced. Particularly some of the smaller sizes which are not suitable for the export market are excellent in value.
The market this week in vegetables is well supplied in mushrooms, spinach, kale, Lebanese cucumbers, telegraph cucumbers, brown onions, carrots, broccolini, Dutch carrots, rhubarb, baby fennel, leeks and English spinach. The vegetable lines disrupted by the rain include tomatoes, Chinese vegetables, eggplant, snow peas, sugar snaps, beans, kumera, cherry tomatoes, grape tomatoes, lettuce, broccoli, potatoes and cauliflowers.