The wonderful run with berries continues this week with strawberries and blueberries both well supplied and excellent value. Also look for raspberries to ease further over the next few weeks.
The market is well supplied with green kiwi, mandarins, seedless melon, navel oranges and rockmelons. Rockmelons at this time of year come from far North Queensland in the Bowen region where they have yet to experience winter. Although small in size, eating quality is good and the drop in price has been significant. Seedless melon from Darwin in the Northern Territory is amongst some of the best melon produced in Australia. Sweet and crunchy - it’s a shame it comes at a time when demand is flat but the fruit is eating that good at present and being great value maybe a good enough reason to give it a go.
Vegetable news is the tale of two states. Much of the NSW grown produce has been adversely affected by frost in the growing areas and leafy greens have been particularly affected. Kale, Asian vegetables, spinach, beetroot, basil, herbs and rhubarb are all feeling the effects of the cold conditions.
The situation is the opposite in Queensland where excellent growing conditions are prevailing. As a result, tomatoes, capsicums, lettuce, eggplant, zucchini, Brussels sprouts, broccoli, squash, beans, broccolini, lettuce, Chinese cabbage and kumera are all well supplied.