The Thompsons were very late starting this year and so there was quite a bit of immature and sour fruit out in the marketplace, but the great majority is now fantastic to eat. Easily recognised, they are elongated in shape with a light green skin. A very sweet grape when correctly harvested, better eating than the Menindee Seedless that we were getting up to a couple of weeks ago.
These Thompsons are the most popular grape on our domestic market. Export loves them too but they love the Crimson Seedless more but these are not at their best yet. The quantities of Thompsons being shipped now are amazing. Our growers no longer compare the interstate markets when deciding where to ship but are more likely to tell us what the Japanese are prepared to pay when negotiating the price with us. Nonetheless we have fantastic fruit extremely well priced in our stores this week.
HOW TO PICK
Choose firm, plump clusters that are securely attached to their stems. Stems should be green and fresh. Look for a silvery coating or natural bloom that protects the fruit’s freshness.
HOW TO STORE
Store in an airtight container or in a sealed plastic bag in the fridge. Only rinse before use.