SUMMER PRODUCT SPOTLIGHT

SUMMER PRODUCT SPOTLIGHT

Your favourite summer fruits are at a peak during the warmer months, with a range of melons, grapes, stone fruit and vegetables up for grabs.

Melons

It’s melon season!!! But it’s not like any other melon season. This year there’s more than enough melons with your usual Rockmelon and Honey Dew Melon as well as the Piel De Sapo, Hello Melon and the Dino Melon all taking centre stage. The Dino Melon is our newest Brazilian-born, Australian grown melon which has an ‘egg-like’ skin with green splotches and rounded shape, taking you back in time to the dinosaur ages. Similar to the popular Australian Honeydew Melon that we all know and love, the Dino Melon offers the same tender and juicy flesh, but with a much sweeter taste and higher brix. Entice your tastebuds with this white-flesh melon, and experience its pronounced, aromatic and lightly tart flavours.

Table Grapes

One thing we can celebrate now is the ample supply of Table Grapes that are perfect for snacking on, creating grazing boards with or simply adding to a refreshing dessert – they are simply too good to resist. Currently in season are the early grape varieties including the Red Flame Seedless and the Menindee Seedless Table Grapes. The world famed Red Crimson Seedless Grapes aren’t far away with picking expected to start in the coming weeks. These will be followed by the Black Sapphire and the Thomson Seedless varieties in about 2-3 weeks. Red Crimson Table Grapes are generally a larger size to the Red Flame with a crisp, fresh crunch. Thompson Seedless grapes are a favourite amongst all, with their firm, juicy pulp and soft skin. These grape snackables will be hard to resist when they arrive to market floor. The Black Sapphire are a unique variety that has an unusual elongated shape and deep purple/black skin. As you would expect this variety makes a striking fresh display.

Plums

This week yellow flesh plums replace the red flesh varieties. Fruit is a good size and from the Adelaide Hills, offering the same succulent, juicy and sweet-tart flavour we all know and love. Local plum varieties are in good supply with new varieties commencing approximately every 2 weeks. We will keep you updated with a list of varieties as they enter their respective seasons.

Pears

This week yellow flesh plums replace the red flesh varieties. Fruit is a good size and from the Adelaide Hills, offering the same succulent, juicy and sweet-tart flavour we all know and love. Local plum varieties are in good supply with new varieties commencing approximately every 2 weeks. We will keep you updated with a list of varieties as they enter their respective seasons.

Figs

Currently Queensland figs are in season with local Adelaide Hills figs expected to start ripening toward the end of the month. Figs are a very precarious fruit line, however weather seems to be favourable at this time so we have fingers and toes crossed for a good crop.

Avocadoes

Hass Avocadoes will continue steadily through March with supply tapering off in early April when we will start to transition across to the Shepard variety. Expect to see new season Hass Avocadoes from Queensland closer to May. As a general rule we’ll wait about 2 weeks into the season before making a change in varieties when consistent fruit becomes available.

Onions

Local, white onions are back in season and in good supply. We expect there to be a consistent supply throughout the season with plenty of onions to go around, ready for blending into some hearty stir-fry’s as we slowly start to enter the cooler months. Local pickling onions are also available but get in quick as they will only run for a 6-8 week period (thereabouts) and once they’re gone, they’re gone.

Stone Fruit Our favourite summer Stonefruits such as the Yellow Peach will start to taper off in the next few

weeks – but don’t despair as some of the finest fruit is available now with extra large peaches

(yellow and white flesh) coming into market this week.

Australian apricots tend to be sporadically available subject to picking cycles. If this is a line of

interest talk to your sales representative.

Apples

We are drawing to the close of the last of the apples and whilst there is plenty to go around, we are limited in available varieties and sizes. You can still grab the last of the Granny Smith and Pink Lady Apples, and whilst they may be small, they still pack a flavoursome punch. However, don’t despair as new season apples are just around the corner. The anticipation is almost too much to handle as our beloved Adelaide Hills Royal Gala apples soon approach. The juicy flesh and soft skin of the Royal Gala Apples will soon be ours to cherish with new season produce arriving in approximately 3-4 weeks.

Shallots

Perfect for creating Asian-inspired hot and cold dishes, Shallots are a must have all year round. Whilst Australian long shallots won’t start for another 6-8 weeks we have imported shallots to fill the season gap.

Ginger

While we love to spice things up with ginger, supply is currently short for the next 3-4 weeks. Expect pricing to increase for the next few weeks until new season produce arrives into the market.

Cherries

We know we are coming to the end of summer when the Cherry season comes to a close. Whilst there are still cherries available on the floor, supply is very limited being right at the tail endof the season. We are expecting the cherry season to draw to an official close in the next week.