All the stone fruit with maybe the exception of cherries are really coming good this week. Apricots are just fantastic. The highly coloured large stack fruit is very dear but there are great bargains to be had in then smaller less coloured imperfect grade in all our stores.
Mangoes are still in full swing with all varieties now available. It's hard to beat the good old KP, however, the Honey Golds I tasted this week are superb also. We also have a line of extra large R2E2's at very attractive prices in store this week. Peaches are starting to eat well and are much less expensive than last week. In nectarines, the imperfect line is my pick; cheap and delicious. Cherries are a bit slow off the mark this year and pre-season commitments to the Asian export market is making this category difficult at this stage.
In citrus, nets of limes and Valencia oranges are easing in price. All of our grapes are now Australian and are sweet and good eating. A little dearer than the others are the black seedless grapes which are one of the myriad of new grapes - to me they are well worth the small premium we are paying for them. Lychees are the good varieties also, so lots of great choices you have to love summer stonefruit!
Not much change in veg since last weeK. There seems to be huge numbers of zucchinis in the market, and prices are easing rapidly on this line. Our asparagus is very good and of course all Australian this week! Truss tomatoes and various other snacking tomatoes are still very well supplied and at bargain prices. My big concern is where vegetable prices will be next Autumn as we keep talking to growers who are reluctant to plant now for fear they will run out of water towards the end of summer.