Market Report - 21st October 2010

Apples & Pears.

Apple supplies are limited with the exception of Granny Smiths. Premium apples are expensive, quality is good. Packham Pears from Victoris available and eat well.

Avocados.

Local Hass are available and good quality. Hass Avocadoes darken to a black colour when ripe. (Tip: gently press the avocado at the stalk end. If there is slight softness, the avocado is ripe and ready. It does not go completely black!)

Bananas.

Queensland and New South Wales bananas are in good supply. Quality and taste are excellent, and prices are good.

Grapes.

Grapes are in very short supply and quality is variable. New Australian grapes should be available in the next 2 weeks.

Citrus.

Late Lane navels from Riverina are available. Quality is excellent. Lemons and limes are in very short supply and expensive. Honey Murcott Mandarins will be finishing in the next few weeks.

Imported.

New Zealand Kiwifruit is coming to and end but quality is good. Italian Kiwifruit will soon be available. Thai Drinking Coconuts are available and quality is excellent. Chinese and Mexican garlic are available. Quality is variable. Premium Salad Onions are being imported from California to bridge a gap in supply.

Mangoes.

Northern Territory mangoes have started. Supply is plentiful and we can look forward to good supplies for the next couple of months. Mangoes will be at their best over the next 2 months. There may be supply and price fluctuations.

Stone fruit.

Queensland peaches and nectarines have started. Both have good flavour for this early in the season. Price will improve in the coming weeks. Plums and Apricots will start shortly.

Melons.

Rockmelons and honeydews are in short supply. There is an increase in watermelon volume and quality is excellent.

Berries.


Queensland strawberry season is nearly finished with recent rain ruining many crops. West Australian berries are available and quality is good. Prices will firm. Blueberries are coming in season. Quality and prices are excellent.

Tropical.

Pineapples are in short supply. Topless pineapples are the best eating. Pawpaw is in good supply.

Green Vegetables.

Recent heavy rain has forced up the price of many green vegetables. Lettuce, Cabbage, Broccoli, Cauliflower and Silberbeet have all firmed in price. Zucchini is in short supply. Asparagus from Victoria is now here and prices are good.

Salad Vegetables.

Cucumbers are expensive and supply is limited. Recent rain in the Bundaberg district has caused a shortage of capsicum, cucumbers and zucchinis. Tomatoes also are likely to become more expensive.

Heavy Produce.

Pumpkin and onion crops are in between seasons. New Season Queensland onions are now available. New season onions have soft shell and are light in colour. Their quality is excellent although they dont look as good as hard shell old season onions. Potatoes and sweet potatoes are in short supply due to high rainfall in growing areas.


Roger Hill
Owner/Operator
Tugun Fruit Market


Author: Roger Hill

We aim to consistently provide quality fresh produce in a clean + friendly environment

Where to Find Us

499 Gold Coast Highway,
Tugun, QLD 4224
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