Those beautiful Shepard avocados are now well into their crops and we start to see a lot of smaller fruit arriving in the market. Hence small fruit will be cheap and the larger fruit dear. Two small avocados which by weight will be more fruit than one extra-large piece of fruit will be a better buy, and our imperfect range a better buy again.
All the new season apples are now underway and we will discontinue the old season pink ladies this week, the new fruit usually arrives in early May. The Jonathons are great value this week and crunchy and great flavour. By the weekend we will start new season ruby grapefruit from western Australia, they are sweet and make a gorgeous summer juice when mixed with an all Australian Valencias, fresher and better than imported navels. Lemons are always tricky around Easter, look for small fruit on our imperfect displays and pay half price!
Plums are the pick of the stonefruit now as peaches and nectarines approach the end of their season. This week we have secured a fantastic line of October Sun plums from Victoria. Still fresh off the trees, this is a fantastic plum and around half of last week’s price. Figs are still a great favourite of mine however they are not keeping at all well, it has just been too wet for them. Look for ripe fruit and don’t keep them long, they are still a real taste treat.
Our biggest disaster this week has been the aftermath of the heavy rains on our local Chinese vegetables. We normally pride ourselves on our very local suppliers for this line but this week the product is just not good enough, so our supplies will be irregular and in some cases non-existent for the next week or 10 days, then all back to normal. There are some other options as always.
Broccolini which is a fantastic vegetable that can be prepared many different ways and is cheap again for the third week in a row. Onions are excellent quality and well-priced. Lebanese cucumbers are on the way up but Telegraph cucumbers are good value. Snow peas are the best price we have seen for months, and our handpicked beans are superb, not cheap but quality. I don’t think cheap beans are worth buying myself. Truss tomatoes are coming back in price, and whilst iceberg lettuce has become very dear we have some fantastic midi cos lettuce in the shops that make an excellent substitute.
The cyclone in Qld will at this stage only have a limited and short term effect, most of the produce from up there is not effected, our short term problem is that roads have been cut with heavy rain, the crops themselves at this time of the year are not in the cyclone area.