Dave's Market Update
“Some really good cherries this week. Extraordinary quality for this early in the season. Best news is they are one third cheaper than last week. This is going to be a fabulous season! Also another good week for berries, all varieties.
A bit of an in between week for mangoes as we transition in growing areas, the fruit we have is superb eating, especially our premium Katherine KPs on the stacks. Best value are the large R2E2s, they are not to everybody’s taste, however hugely popular with our Asian demographic.
Avocados continue to be great quality and cheap. I really doubt we will see dear avocado prices again for the next few years. Bit of a dip in banana prices happening this week. This always follows an increase in stone fruit supply, as people change to eating mangoes, cherries etc so prices will ease a bit this week and continue downwards for a month or so.
Corn is great value this week, eating fantastically and not dear. Green caps are cheap and will be a lot cheaper than reds.
Celery continues to be inexpensive. The heavy supplies of tomatoes continue to hold prices down. We have particularly heavy supplies of eggplant this week and all stores will be offering a special on either eggplant or imperfect eggplant.
As well the continued good weather is ensuring good supplies of all our herbs and bunch lines, a good week for vegetables again.”
Dave's Pick of the Week
“This looks to be a cracker of a year for cherries. The weather is perfect and the result is great eating firm fruit in store now. The past three seasons saw all the early fruit destroyed by rain. This year, we have had no rain at all and the season appears to be running around two weeks earlier than normal. As well we have exciting new varieties, they were available last year. However, the heavy rain destroyed them.
Best of these new cherries appears to be the Tioga, it’s the sort of fruit we would normally expect in December. We have these now from Victoria, South Australia and Griffith and by this weekend, we should have these cherries from Central Western NSW and Young. They are a dark firm cherry unlike the red soft fruit that was the norm for early November. Of course, they (the Royal Tioga cherries) are considerably dearer than that inferior fruit.”
- David Harris
HOW TO PICK
Cherries are picked from the tree, but do not continue to ripen afterwards. Make sure you choose plump glossy cherries with relatively smooth, unblemished skin and bright green stems in good condition.