Another hot week and lots of great fruit to enjoy with the weather. New season Gala apples are with us again and will ease in price next week. My favourite rockmelons from Hay are on again, they are as big as footballs and the flavour is fantastic and the price very attractive. All grapes are good, figs have started to eat really well as the smaller tastier second crop begins, and peaches especially and nectarines continue to be good value (more peaches than nectarines for value) and fantastic flavour. Limes are still in glut supply and cheaper per kg than lemons but this will change soon as we commence the Australian lemon season. Plums are great, I love those Forbes Amber Jewels in our shops this week and Queen Garnetts are underway also, but in my view too dear compared to other plums that are available.
There is a fantastic choice of late season mangoes in the shops this week. About 5 varieties in all. It’s hard to pick between them all, but the Silky mangoes from Derek Foley would be my personal choice this week. There’s great value to be found again in the imperfect range of mangoes. Probably the only bad news is that the USA pomegranates are finished and there will be a gap of about 5 weeks until new season Australian fruit commences. Actually, I think it’s good for our farmers when there is a month or so gap between imports and local fruit. Seedless melon remains cheap and great for the heatwave NSW is experiencing.
We commence our Tasmanian vegetable season with a very good new season onion special in 5 kg bags. These onions will keep well, wont shoot and if you use a few onions a 5kg bag makes sense.
The weather means salads are king in the vegetable category. Our New Zealand stack tomatoes remain as great value. To me they are great tasting, every bit as good as the local truss and two thirds the price. Our yellow snacking tomatoes, twin pack cos lettuce and excellent quality Lebanese cucumbers round off the salad offer. Beans and broccoli are best value for a green to go with a barbeque, though it looks like corn could be easing as the week goes on. For me salads are the go.